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Graduate Film

 

Adv Cine: Vis Story Technique (ABC-577)

This graduate course is an advanced, intensive "Hands-On" workshop, exploring the art and craft of cinematography in specific detail. Each session will focus on one of the varied and nuanced aspects of capturing a moving image for the variety of current presentation platforms including: lighting, style, applied technology, location and stage challenges.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Advanced Acting Workshop (SBC-521)

Find out why Orson Welles, John Huston, Clint Eastwood managed to get great performances from their actors. They all knew how to act! Learn by doing it yourself; thereby honing the skill of communicating it to your actors. Advanced work on breaking down a script into doable actions; and getting what you want from your actors. Also, gain dominion and confidence when pitching your ideas to the world at large! Acting materials will be provided. It will come from contemporary plays, screenplays, and original work students have written. More performance and directing; and not as much homework as the beginning Acting Workshop!

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Bus Affairs for Filmmakers (ABC-555)

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.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Cine Workshop: Lighting the Na (SBC-530)

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.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Completed Thesis (ABC-700)

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.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Crit Stdy Scrngs: Grt Vis Stry (SBC-540)

This graduate course is designed to view and discuss new films being released worldwide. We will meet to discuss up-to-date tendency, style and formula and consider the contextual promotion of film and its relationship to simultaneous and future production, and it affect on audience and culture. The class will meet initially to organize its theatre-viewing schedule and then will go on to view 6 films in current release. We will meet weekly to discuss the film and view it alongside its release pattern. The class then will break down to individual meetings to overview how it is affecting the students own production. These independent meetings will help each student to better realize their relationship to worldwide film production and its escalating field.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Designing Movement/Visual Dir (SBC-567)

Designing Movement for the Visual Director is a playground for the 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? Prerequisite: An ability to shoot and edit film or video. Requirements: Ten filmed movement sketches. Two-page written final statement ("Movement and Me"). Final sketch compilation project.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Final Proj Development (ABC-639)

This course is designed for film graduate students in the development of their Final Film Projects. Here, students build on their "identity", (which they discussed and shaped in earlier terms), by researching and then selecting the source material that is the basis of their Final Film Project. From here, we analyze and negotiate this material in relation to dramatic content, reception, and context. Students also learn to craft the short but exquisite 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 Objectives 1. Communicate and further develop "identity" work establish in earlier terms 2. Negotiate project concept in relationship to "identity" 3. Research and identify source material 4. Breakdown story idea 5. Develop Problem-solving strategies 6. Craft the treatment 7. Test drive treatment - audience reception 8. Point-of-view

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Going to the Movies:New Rels (SBC-540)

This graduate course is designed to view and discuss new films being released worldwide. We will meet to discuss up-to-date tendency, style and formula and consider the contextual promotion of film and its relationship to simultaneous and future production, and it affect on audience and culture. The class will meet initially to organize its theatre-viewing schedule and then will go on to view 6 films in current release. We will meet weekly to discuss the film and view it alongside its release pattern. The class then will break down to individual meetings to overview how it is affecting the students own production. These independent meetings will help each student to better realize their relationship to worldwide film production and its escalating field.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Graduate Independent Study (ABC-975)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Guided Study (SBC-976)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Indiv Advismnt & Settng Goals (ABC-592)

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.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Indiv Advismnt&Scrpt Boot Cmp (SBC-593)

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

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Indiv Advismnt&Thesis Resrch (SBC-594)

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

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Internship (SBC-900)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Master's Directing Class (SBC-611)

Course Summary: 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. These will NOT be commercials, but narrative dramatic shorts. Each Director will write his or her own film 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. The shooting time is strictly adhered to. All students must work as crew members for that day's Director. If a student does not show up for crew work, he or she will not be able to direct his or her own film. 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, transpo needs, hair and make-up, craft services, proper script format, call sheets, etc. Texts/Equipment/Supplies: Use of equipment available in the Media Warehouse Course Structure and Grading: Grading is based on promptness and attendance (25%), class participation (25%), and the execution of material (50%).

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 6

Master's Identity Seminar (ABC-570)

An exploration into the history and current use of individual creative identity as a marketing ("branding") device to promote the conceptual/storytelling skills of each individual student. The course is designed as a series of individual consultations and guest seminars with the Broadcast Cinema Chair and selected faculty. The course also offers an analysis of innovative methods that utilize a filmmaker's individual creative identity as the primary tool for the professional promotion of each individual artist. The history of effective promotion and how industry professionals have lead and managed such endeavors is presented and discussed in lecture sessions and integrated guest speaker seminars. This course may be taken multiple times to allow for multiple identity development or more comprehensive study of the process.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Master's Post-Prod Seminar (SBC-673)

A series of individual consultations and guest seminars with the Broadcast Cinema Chair and selected faculty post-production mentors. The course is designed to provide detailed, customized mentorship in post-production methodologies and editing techniques. The use, design and incorporation of sound, music, titles, and visual effects is discussed and mentored throughout the post-production process. Each Broadcast Cinema project is mentored by one or more faculty members (appropriate for each project) on an individual basis from inception to completion. The primary goal of this course is to provide expert advice and guidance for each student146s/team146s portfolio endeavors for the duration of the post-production phase of the project. This course may be taken multiple times if the scale of the proposed project indicates a need for longer mentorship and post-production schedules. Units may be adjusted from 3 to 6 to 9 if appropriate to the scale of the proposed project. Additional units to be awarded will be determined by the Broadcast Cinema Chair at the completion of the course to insure that an increase to 6 or 9 units is accurate and fair for the work completed.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Master's Presentation Seminar (ABC-572)

An exploration into the history of 'team-building' tactics and motivational leadership in professional filmmaking. Students research, devise, and practice individual 'presentation' methodologies to inspire desired individual artists and facilitate the formation of filmmaking teams for final portfolio projects. The course is designed as a series of individual consultations with the Broadcast Cinema Chair and selected faculty. Integrated guest speaker seminars offer opportunities to enhance our students' presentation skills in a professional critique environment. Current and past business models for the formation of studios are presented and analyzed. Intellectual property and professional distribution issues are scrutinized for each individual student or team project. This course may be taken multiple times to support multiple or larger-scale team projects.

Prerequisite: Take ABC-570
Course Credit: 3

Master's Production Seminar (SBC-573)

A series of individual consultations and guest seminars with the Broadcast Cinema Chair and selected faculty production mentors. The course is designed to provide detailed, customized mentorship in production methodologies and producing tactics. Students/teams are encouraged to invent new methodologies to improve efficiencies, enhance communication, and reduce costs for portfolio projects. Each Broadcast Cinema portfolio production is mentored by one or more faculty members (appropriate for each project) on a individual basis from inception to completion. The primary goal of this course is to provide expert advice and guidance for each student146s/team146s portfolio endeavors for the duration of the project. This course may be taken multiple times if the scale of the proposed portfolio production indicates a need for longer mentorship and production schedules. Units may be adjusted from 3 to 6 to 9 if appropriate to the scale of the proposed project. Additional units to be awarded will be determined by the Broadcast Cinema Chair at the completion of the course to insure that an increase to 6 or 9 units is accurate and fair for the work completed.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Master's Production Workshop (SBC-552)

Special course for graduate students that aren't taking regular studio classes so they can be covered by our insurance. See Bob Peterson for details.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Master's Screenwriting (SBC-595)

Course summary: Master146s Screenwriting is a graduate level screenwriting course that builds upon the techniques of screenwriting presented in undergraduate classes with emphasis on the specialized skills necessary for competing in the feature-length marketplace. The student develops and writes a screenplay of fifteen to twenty pages in length, or may complete one or more acts of a feature-length project. The instructor is available to consult with the student on projects nearing production. Learning objectives: To hone the students146 skills and work habits to a level that is as close to professional as can be expected in a fourteen-week course. Texts/Equipment/Supplies: N/A. Course Structure and Grading: Grading is based on promptness and attendance (25%), class participation (25%), and the execution of material (50%).

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Master's Seminar (ABC-501)

Seminar focuses on a different topic each term.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Master's Workshop (ABC-651)

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.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Movement Strategies: Anlys/Dir (SBC-568)

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.

Prerequisite: Must have completed SBC-567
Course Credit: 3

Narrative Editng:theory & Prct (SBC-549)

This editing course is designed to perfect the storytelling techniques through advanced editing theories and practices. Students must already be sufficiently proficient with Avid Media Composer to edit with it without supervision or assistance. Students are encouraged to edit their own work, though may be material provided by the instructor as well. + Post-Production Sound An extension to Editing the Narrative which covers the technical aspects of Post Sound. Working with the industry standard, ProTools, subjects include recording voiceover and ADR, Foley, editing music and production dialogue, sound design, music score creation, mixing, foreign mixes and delivery.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Narrative Film Analysis (ABC-562)

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.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Not Your Dad's Film History Cl (SBC-560)

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.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Pitching (SBC-517)

The class will concentrate on learning how to verbally present ("pitch") a variety of film and television projects to potential employers, buyers, agents and others. Over the course of the class, students will develop and pitch original ideas, remakes, assigned material and rewrites ranging from 15 seconds to 10 minutes. Students will also learn the process by which projects are developed in the industry and how to launch and maintain a career.

Prerequisite: Take FIL-253 Film Directing 3
Course Credit: 3

Producing & Set Procedures (SBC-573)

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.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 4

Production Design & Pre-Vis (SBC-550)

This seminar class will be an introduction to the history, conceptual processes and production methods used in Art Direction and Production Design for live-action film and video. Through lecture, film screenings and exercises, participants will learn to identify major styles of art direction, breakdown a script in terms of character and setting and create production documents commonly used in art departments of live-action projects. Open to Graduate Broadcast Cinema students and upper-term undergraduates from all departments.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Screenwritng:Rewritng Visualy (SBC-600)

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.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 2

Screenwritng:Writing Visually (SBC-500)

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.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Sellng Indie Film: Concpt-Dist (SBC-660)

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).

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Sellng Indie Film: Concpt-Dist (ABC-660)

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).

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Short Film Production (SBC-620)

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.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 4

Short Film Production - 0 Unit (SBC-621)

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.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Studio Independent Study (SBC-975)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

The Director & the Script (SBC-556)

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. Course Structure and Grading: Grading is based on promptness and attendance (25%), class participation (25%), and the execution of material (50%).

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 5

Thesis (SBC-651)

Two consecutive thesis writing courses. To be taken after the completion of ABC - 601 Thesis Research. Students are advised to enroll in the Thesis Research course by the second term of study. The selection of thesis topics is researched, developed and outlined in the Thesis Research course. Students select the topics, but the final approval of the thesis content is evaluated/critiqued by the Broadcast Cinema Chair, the course professor, and an additional mentor chosen by the student from selected faculty. The final draft writing of the thesis paper is accomplished in Master146s Thesis 5 & 6.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Thesis Continuation (ABC-699)

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.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Thesis Research (ABC-601)

Choosing, researching & developing a topic for the film thesis.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Unintended Martyrs (SBC-525)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Visual Narrative Workshop (ABC-563)

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.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Visual Storytelling Techniques (ABC-630)

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.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

   
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