Classes

Credits

Adv Cinematic Motion

Digital Motion Compositing is an advanced level transdisciplinary studies film course. Students from Film, Motion Graphics and Motion Illustration collaborate to create unique narrative solutions. The course will teach how to produce live-action green screen shoots and the proper methods of post-production development. Faculties will teach unique perspectives from a designer, director and a cinematographers point of view.

Course number: FILM-632
Prerequisite: Take FILM-621, Cell Phone Cinema

Advanced Acting Workshop

3

A hands-on class designed to teach students the actor's process, as well as the most effective ways to communicate with actors to get the desired results for the director. Students will experience acting from the practical viewpoint of becoming the actor and learn how to direct actors for best results.

Course number: FILM-521
Prerequisite: Take FILM-520, The Director and the Script

Advanced Cinematography

3

This advanced course approaches cinematography as a practical craft and as a design art. With a combination of theoretical study and hands-on exercises, we build a rich understanding of a DP's most important skill-sets -- light, exposure, color, lighting, cameras, formats, lenses, frame composition and shooting practices. Strong emphasis on student cinematographers' preparation for the professional world. Note: this is a hands-on workshop for Cinematography majors and those who want an advanced understanding of the craft. It is not a production class. -Production Level: 1 for in-class demonstrations only.

Course number: FILM-534
Prerequisite: Take FILM-001, CPR & First Aid Workshop Take FILM-230, Cinematography Tech Training or FILM-004, Set Safety

Business Affairs for Filmmaker

3

This class offers an insider's view of the business side of film and television development and production, from the acquisition of rights and the negotiation of agreements for writers, producers, directors and actors through the many avenues of distribution, including consideration of ancillary markets an so-called new media. Several class meetings will feature guest speakers, including top industry professionals such as studio executives, directors, producers, agents, etc. This class is open to all majors.

Course number: FILM-663
Prerequisite: n/a

Cell Phone Cinema

4

Students write a five-page original short narrative film script. The script must tell a story. It is not a meditation on character, or a stylized music video, but a story that contains (even if subtle) a three-act structure and a satisfying resolution that completes story's theme or basic question. The students do a 'rehearsal shoot' (stand-ins, not actors) which is reviewed with the teacher to discuss location, shots, production design, camera blocking, etc. Then a shot list and hour by hour schedule is created to insure that the final hoots are economical and efficient. The students then shoot their scripts using only a cell phone and basic external sound equipment. Not extra lights or camera equipment is permitted. Students edit their films on their computers, using all appropriate post production techniques Creative story telling is encouraged. Students complete a film in this class.

Course number: FILM-621
Prerequisite: Take FILM-001 Film Department Orientation; FILM-004, Set Safety;FILM-520,The Director & the Script

Cine Workshop: Lighting the Na

3

This course approaches cinematography as a visual tool to assist in the craft of storytelling. With a combination of theoretical study and hands-on exercises, we build a rich understanding of a DP's most important technical skills, and how those skills are used to support the narrative. There is a strong emphasis on student cinematographers' preparation for the professional world. Note: this is a hands-on workshop for Cinematography majors and those who want an advanced understanding of the craft. It is not a portfolio production class for directors. + Tech Training & RED Certification An extension of Cine Workshop covering the technical and safety-related know-how required to use professional camera equipment and oversee a camera crew. The class module includes hands-on demos with the RED One, field trips, lectures, and a final exam. Students will achieve an understanding of a Cinematographer's responsibilities, tools used on a set, vocabulary, lighting and safety. Students must be RED certified before being able to use those cameras for their productions.

Course number: FILM-530
Prerequisite: Take FILM-004, Set Safety

Color Science & Vfx

3

Color plays a major role in telling a powerful story. This class provides a working knowledge of color art and science for digital film and video production, digital intermediate (DI) and video post-production, VFX, HD and film print dailies, and digital projection. Also, the class provides a thorough and intense introduction to the latest in VFX software. + Post-Production Workflow An extension to Color Science & VFX with a condensed introduction to professional post-production workflow practices.

Course number: FILM-651
Prerequisite: n/a

Completed Thesis

A Pass in this course means the student has submitted the thesis and the thesis has been approved by the department. This is the final requirement for graduation.

Course number: FILM-700
Prerequisite: n/a

Designing Mvmt &the Visual Dir

3

Designing Movement for the Visual Director is an exploration of how movement functions expressively, thematically, narratively and structurally in the design of the moving image. Through the creation of a series of weekly-personalized filmed movement sketches, and critical analysis of examples from a broad range of film production, students will discover, develop and enrich their own individual movement "voice." Movies move. Why not use movement to expand, heighten and deepen the effectiveness and impact of your own original ideas and creations? -Production Level: 1

Course number: FILM-561
Prerequisite: n/a

Film Thesis Development

1

**This is NOT a production class.** This course is designed to assist students with the development of their Final Film Projects. We analyze and negotiate the material in relation to dramatic content, reception, and context. Students also learn to craft a short treatment, and to 'test-drive' it as a pitch. This course is comprised of one on one meetings with the instructor and some class meetings and/or screenings, which are determined as needed. The goal of the course is to prepare students for the screen-writing phase of their Final Film Project.

Course number: FILM-697
Prerequisite: Take FILM-620, Shooting the Scene or FILM-621, Cell Phone Cinema

Film Thesis Development

2

This course is designed to assist students with the development of their Final Film Projects. We analyze and negotiate the material in relation to dramatic content, reception, and context. Students also learn to craft a short treatment, and to 'test-drive' it as a pitch. This course is comprised of one on one meetings with the instructor and some class meetings and/or screenings, which are determined as needed. The goal of the course is to prepare students for the screen-writing phase of their Final Film Project. -Production Level: 3

Course number: FILM-591
Prerequisite: n/a

Film Thesis Production

2

Each individual student project is critiqued by peers and instructor pre- and post- production in this senior level course. -Production Level: 3

Course number: FILM-691
Prerequisite: Take Film-621,Cell Phone Cinema

Grad Film Casting Lab

0

Casting Lab explores and demystifies the dynamic casting process from start to finish. Graduate and Undergraduate Film students will learn how to run a professional audition and find a strong cast for an upcoming project. Directors will be coached on how to effectively pitch and schedule their casting session as well as best practices for auditioning and working with professional actors.

Course number: FILM-502
Prerequisite: n/a

Indiv Advismnt & Settng Goals

0

Upon entry to the Grad film program each student is paired with an advisor who works in the student's field of interest, i.e. director, writer, cinematographer. In their first-term meetings, the mentor will guide the student setting their goals for their studies and preparing for a professional career.

Course number: FILM-592
Prerequisite: n/a

Indiv Advismnt&Scrpt Boot Cmp

0

Students individually meet with a mentor and their thesis film project scripts are thoroughly evaluated.

Course number: FILM-593
Prerequisite: n/a

Indiv Advismnt&Thesis Resrch

1

Students meet individually with the Thesis Director to decide on a topic for their written thesis. Students begin researching their chosen topic.

Course number: FILM-597
Prerequisite: n/a

Indiv Advismt & Transtn to Pro

0

Each fall, Art Center Grad Film will host a Visiting Artist from the entertainment industry. Students will attend seminars and screenings hosted by the visiting artists, as well as consult with the artist individually.

Course number: FILM-693
Prerequisite: n/a

Lighting for Cinematography

3

The new Lighting for Cinematography class is now better equipped to handle both directing and cinematography students in learning the crew dynamics, lighting, and camera work that is essential preparation for the young filmmaker. The first four weeks of class, students will be introduced and instructed on various lighting techniques while using an array of lighting tools and lights from a variety of vendors. Students can use this new knowledge and incorporate these specialized techniques and lights into their class demo shoot. The class will be divided up into directing students and cinematographer students. Directing students will pitch to shoot one out of the seven pre-decided scenes, as well as lobby for a DP student from the class to shoot the scene. The student team of director and DP, if selected, will then be in charge of creating a lighting concept and directing the performance of the talent. This new format is designed to give students instruction about different lighting equipment, while providing them with more creative control and guidance for the main demos. Both DP and directing students whose pitch is selected, will each have to submit a final edit with sound. Projects can be shot digitally or on film with the choice being up to the directing student and student DP of each selected demos. -Production Level: 1 for in-class demonstrations only.

Course number: FILM-532
Prerequisite: Take FILM-001, CPR & First Aid Workshop Take FILM-230, Cinematography Tech Training or FILM-004, Set Safety

Master's Production Workshop

0

This course is for graduate students who need to continue production on their thesis project but have completed all regular studio classes. This course gives the student access to labs and other Art Center production facilities as available. The course carries fees of 1/2 of one graduate unit tuition and the Universal Access fee. 0 credits.

Course number: FILM-599
Prerequisite: n/a

Movement Strategies: Anlys/Dir

3

A collaborative exploratory workshop intended to foster experimentation in creating effective movement strategies to enrich the affective communication potential of all types of film projects. Through analyses of several key examples of past and present successful movement strategies, execution of three of each individual student's own filmed projects, and extensive classroom discussion and exercises, each student will develop his/her own personal methodology and will have completed three short examples illustrating the results of their process.

Course number: FILM-568
Prerequisite: Must have completed SBC-567 or FILM-561

Narrative Editing: Workshop

Students edit their own material and assigned dailies, with the goal of cutting to enhance performance, advance the story, set pacing and tone, etc.

Course number: FILM-650
Prerequisite: n/a

Narrative Editng:theory & Prct

3

This editing course is designed to perfect storytelling techniques through advanced editing theories and practices. Students must already be familiar with Avid Media Composer sufficiently well to use it without supervision or assistance. Material to edit will be provided by the instructor. This course also covers some aspects of post-production sound. An opportunity to work with ProTools, the industry standard for sound editing, may be included. Subjects related to post production sound may include recording voiceover, ADR, and foley, editing music and production dialogue, and sound design, music score creation, mixing, foreign mixes and delivery.

Course number: FILM-550
Prerequisite: n/a

Narrative Film Analysis

3

Students watch films and analyze specific narrative focuses, and research and compose a paper based on their screenings, as the course focuses on different topics and films each term.

Course number: FILM-562
Prerequisite: n/a

PSA & Commerical Workshop

3

The class is an intense immersion in what is required to be a viable commercial director and short form storyteller in the ever shifting and fast paced world of commercial direction, through weekly shooting assignments and when accessible, collaborating with ad agencies and commercial production companies on their clients projects. We strongly encourage an entrepreneurial attitude to take charge of your careers and have a reel of commercial work that reflects your individuality that doesn't conform to current and conventional views. Our philosophy:Making the safe decision is full, predictable and leads nowhere new. The unsafe decision causes you to think and respond in a way you hadn't thought of. And that thought will lead to other thoughts, which will help you achieve what you want. -Production Level: 2 for homework assignments with Production Level 3 option.

Course number: FILM-622
Prerequisite: Take FILM-621, Cell Phone Cinema

Pitching

3

The class will concentrate on learning how to effectively present and sell yourself and your projects in the room to potential employers or buyers. Developing and practicing one's pitch is also an extremely effective method for uncovering and fixing problems with your concept and story. + Managing Your Career An extension of Pitching, concentrating on how individuals working in the entertainment industry manage the practical aspects of an uncertain and challenging life as a free agent in a volatile business.

Course number: FILM-501
Prerequisite: Take FILM-500, Screenwriting: Writing Visually OR Take FILM-102, Screenwriting 2

Producing & Set Procedures

4

Producing & Set Procedures provides students with a professional emphasis on the business skills and leadership responsibilities a producer requires to develop and produce motion pictures, TV, music videos, commercials, etc. Emphasis is placed on best practices on set and on location. + Budgeting & Scheduling An extension of Producing & Set Procedures that closely examines the process of budgeting and scheduling.

Course number: FILM-510
Prerequisite: n/a

Screenwritng Roundtables

0

A professional approach to story and structure for feature-length narrative film. I will give you the feedback and the tools to enable you to make radical improvements in your writing, artistically or commercially or (preferably) both. I expect you to use that feedback and those tools to make the biggest strides possible toward professionalism in 14 weeks. My goal is that when you write, you will begin to think, and to act, like a professional screenwriter.

Course number: FILM-601
Prerequisite: n/a

Screenwritng:Rewritng Visualy

2

Scripts are rewritten. Repeatedly. Knowing how to improve upon a prior draft is an essential skill for writers and non-writers alike. In this course students are expected to polish and refine an existing script, ideally one they began in an earlier writing class.

Course number: FILM-600
Prerequisite: Take FILM-500 Screenwriting: Writing Visually

Screenwritng:Writing Visually

3

Advanced Screenwriting: Writing Visually is a Master's level course designed for students who already have a solid foundation in screenwriting. Students are expected to develop and complete a professional-level screenplay either long form or short.

Course number: FILM-500
Prerequisite: n/a

Sellng Indie Film: Concpt-Dist

3

This class covers the complete process of finding and/or developing material; protecting it; financing it; selecting cast, crew, locations, equipment; finishing the project; offering it for sale to the marketplace; finding distributors; understanding exhibitors; playing the "film festival" game; marketing, promotion; finding agents, managers, attorneys; etc. A "must" class for anyone serious about making films. Examined from the "independent" perspective, but with numerous references to the studio process as well. Textbook required. Two short quizzes and a term paper (a business plan for a project--real or imagined). -Production Level: 1

Course number: FILM-660
Prerequisite: n/a

Short Film Production - 0 Unit

Each student will make two short films. The first film will be 3 minutes or less. The second film will be 6 minutes or less. The films will have a narrative structure, with a beginning, middle and end. Each director will write his or her own screenplay, with script approval by the Instructor. Scripts must be shootable in the allotted time. Shooting will be done on the day of class, one film per week. All students must work as crewmembers for that day's Director. Editing to be done during the week and the film will be shown at the next class for critique. Learning objectives: Students will learn professional set procedures, will work as Producer, 1st Assistant Director, Camera, Sound, Script Supervisor. Students must prepare shot lists in advance for Instructor approval. Other Prep procedures will be followed: location scouts, casting, department head meetings, transportations needs, hair and make-up, craft services, proper script format, call sheets, etc.

Course number: FILM-620A
Prerequisite: n/a

Sound Design: the Other Half

3

George Lucas famously stated that sound is the other half of your movie. Via workshops and examining films with great sound design, students learn techniques for rich, effective sound design and music scoring, and how these elements contribute immeasurably to telling the story and creating a mood.

Course number: FILM-661
Prerequisite: n/a

The Director & the Script

5

The basic principles of film directing start with an in-depth study of the screenplay from the director's point of view with an emphasis on structure, theme, and character. Films are reviewed using directorial tools, including camera (composition, lighting, angles, and camera moves), location, sound, performance, editing, style, tone, and music. A final project assumes the student will be preparing a film from one of the scripts, and a director's workbook is required. + Storyboards, Pre-vis & Production Design An extension of Script Breakdown & Production Prep for Directors, a brief, concentrated overview for directors of storyboards, pre-vis, and production design.

Course number: FILM-520
Prerequisite: n/a

The Power of Pleasure

3

Sensuality, seduction and pleasure are at the core of almost every effort in the worlds of entertainment, advertising and marketing. In order to ignite 'desire' and brand awareness in consumers and audiences, it is necessary to speak in symbolic visual terms. A curated selection of films, advertising campaigns, photography, brand materials and brand 'codes' will be examined in order to form an understanding of the traditions of the art of visual seduction. Students will create concepts, mood boards and a short film (or multimedia equivalent), the subject of which is an instructor-assigned luxury brand and product. -Production Level: 3

Course number: FILM-664
Prerequisite: FILM-620, Shooting the Scene OR FILM-621, Cell Phone Cinema

Thesis Continuation

0

Required for all students finished with their course work but still working on completing their thesis. Required every semester until thesis is completed and approved.

Course number: FILM-699
Prerequisite: n/a

Thinking Critically About Film

3

A lively in-depth look at the art of the film, with screenings curated and class discussions led by a nationally known film critic. Rather than concentrate on the usual "must-see" classics from the history of world cinema, this class will have an eclectic mix of great films including indies fresh off the festival circuit, studio blockbusters, underground gems and others, with deep analysis and valuation of each individual picture.

Course number: FILM-560
Prerequisite: n/a

Visiting Artist Smnr & Advsmnt

0

Each fall, Art Center Grad Film will host a Visiting Artist from the entertainment industry. Students will attend seminars and screenings hosted by the visiting artists, as well as consult with the artist individually.

Course number: FILM-692
Prerequisite: n/a

Visual Narrative Workshop

3

An analysis, critique, and practice of metaphorical "visual montage" storytelling techniques created by selected iconic filmmakers. The course is designed to encourage the use and enhance comprehension of metaphorical/abstract imagery in filmmaking. Students practice montage techniques through a variety of personal visual experimentations and interpretive critiques. The ability to effectively communicate concepts without the use of traditional language can provide a "universal voice" for filmmakers. This course may be taken multiple times if appropriate and supported by the course professor. + Production Sound An extension to Visual Storytelling Workshop that covers the fundamentals of recording sound on set, and provides an introduction to using sound practically and creatively. -Production Level: 1

Course number: FILM-563
Prerequisite: n/a

Visual Storytelling Techniques

3

Students will experiment with how to creatively use various aspects of the cinematographer's craft -- lighting, camera movement, framing, lens choice, depth of field, color, composition, etc. as they relate to telling the story through visual means. + Production Workflow An extension to Advanced Cinematography Seminar, with a condensed introduction to professional production workflow methods and standards. -Production Level: 1 for in-class demonstrations only.

Course number: FILM-630
Prerequisite: Take FILM-530, Cine Workshop: Lighting the Narrative

Watching Films Like a Filmmakr

3

This advanced course, taught by a filmmaker, is designed to examine well-made motion pictures from the point of view of what techniques the filmmakers used to achieve their cinematic storytelling goals. -Production Level: 1

Course number: FILM-662
Prerequisite: n/a

Written Thesis Creation

1

Students complete their written thesis.

Course number: FILM-698
Prerequisite: Take FILM-598, Written Thesis Development

Written Thesis Development

1

Students complete their thesis research, develop a thesis outline and begin writing the thesis.

Course number: FILM-598
Prerequisite: Take FILM-597, Individual Advisemnt & Thesis Research