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3D Cinematography (FILM-431)

An intensive, hand-on laboratory in the art and technology of the explosive field of stereoscopic 3D cinematography. Introduction to Basic Concepts, Theory and Terminology will be given in capturing, editing and monitoring stereo video and virtual stereo projects. Hands-on will start on the first day using your own still digital camera, progressing to more sophisticated stereo equipment in exercises in a studio environment, followed by production of short dramatic projects. We will have demonstrations of state-of-the-art hardware and software, plus visits to several important 3D companies. The Workshop is open to graduate and undergraduate students, professional cinematographers and visual graphic artists interested in knowledge and practice about this emerging filmmaking process. Affonso Beato, ASC, ABC is a highly experienced Director of Photography, recently consulting for a major international TV Network and member of its R&D project on producing and broadcasting stereoscopic programs. His many feature film credits include: The Queen; Nights in Rodanthe; Ghost World; Dark Water; The Fighting Temptations; The Big Easy; Great Balls of Fire; Love in the Time of Cholera; and many others. Please note that 3D cinematography is not a portfolio production class.

Prerequisite: Take FIL-006/FILM-001, CPR & First Aid Workshop, FIL-161/FILM-230, Cinematography Tech Training, and FIL-253/FILM-223, Film Directing 3
Course Credit: 3

Acting Workshop for Directors (FILM-123)

This is 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 becomming the actor and learn how to direct actors for best results.

Prerequisite: Take FIL-153 or FILM-121, Directing 1
Course Credit: 3

Acting Workshop for Directors (FILM-521)

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.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Adv Cinematic Motion (FILM-432)

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.

Prerequisite: Take FIL-006/FILM-001, CPR & First Aid Workshop and FIL-253/FILM-223, Directing 3 or SBC-620/FILM-620, Short Film Production
Course Credit: 3

Adv Sound Design Workshop (FILM-341)

As an ADVANCED SOUND DESIGN studio course, it is assumed the student already knows the fundamentals of Pro-Tools and has taken the pre-requisite FILM SOUND PRODUCTION class. Thus this course is a small, specialized workshop designed to help each student with specific music scoring and sound design needs on a project of the students' choosing. This course will examine audio production techniques, technologies, and aesthetics related to the development of a soundtrack as used in film, video production, and theater. As reference, the course will investigate the most creative uses and innovations in sound design over the last century. Using live recording techniques and sound and music libraries, the course will inform students of the importance of sound in feature film and television. The course will also design and mix elements to create effective soundtracks for student film projects using digital sound recording and surround-sound mixing. The use of temporary musical scores and elements in student projects will also be discussed with special attention paid to the legal ramifications of intended or unintended plagiarism in the student's final soundtrack mix; the dangers of "Temp Love" will concurrently be explained. The course is industry-oriented in its approach; that is, the student's work is critiqued on the same strengths and weaknesses that it would be judged by in the marketplace. Learning objectives: To hone the students' skills and work habits, assuming they will be filmmakers who will work and communicate with music composers and sound designers, to a level that is as close to professional as can be expected in a fourteen-week course. Texts/Equipment/Supplies: No text or equipment needed. Students are encouraged to bring their own filmed but unfinished works to class in QuickTime format to be used in the workshops and discussions, and when appropriate to be scored and sound designed. Course Structure: The student starts with a review of his/her specific projects in an effort to understand the sound, music and composing necessary to complete the project. Students then experiment with a variety of sounds and musical compositions for thematic ideation. Through ideation and experimentation students are able to explore and apply his/her specific learning to the completion of their film projects. (Offered Fall and Spring.)

Prerequisite: Take FIL-281/FILM-240, Post Production Sound
Course Credit: 3

Advanced Cinematography (FILM-330)

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 portfolio production class for directors.

Prerequisite: Take FIL-006/FILM-001, CPR & First Aid Workshop, FIL-161/FILM-230, Cinematography Tech Training, and FIL-253/FILM-223, Film Directing 3
Course Credit: 3

Advanced Flame Class (FILM-551)

Advanced Flame expands on the previous flame class and moves further into student projects as well as more plot-driven effects. These plot driven effects range from affecting the environment characters are in and a larger focus on advanced color correction. Additionally, there is an emphasis on project planning for films with visual effects both supporting and plot driven.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Advanced Post Production Sound (FILM-340)

Advanced techniques for Post Production Sound editorial and mixing. The introduction to post production sound class touches on a broad array of topics while this class provides the opportunity to deep dive into the areas of dialog editing, advanced recording principals, creative use of effects, equalization, compression and limiting, advanced automation, and mixing the industry standard digital audio program, Pro Tools. Subjects covered include: Stereo & Surround mixing techniques for TV and Film. Sweetening dialog through proper editing, equalization, and control of volume levels. Understand OMF and AAF files from Final Cut Pro or Avid Media Composer. How to create premixes and stems as well as how to deliver finished mixes back to the editing department (Media Composer, Final Cut, or any video editing workstation). Students are provided a variety of projects to work on and develop and understanding of how to make audio sound broadcast ready. Through lectures, examples and plenty of hands on time students will produce multiple finished projects and in addition, students are encouraged to work on their own projects.

Prerequisite: Take FIL-281/FILM-240, Post Production Sound
Course Credit: 3

Advanced Screenwriting (FILM-204)

Course material explores the more esoteric elements of screenwriting, including the creative process and the proper application of exposition, subtext and character to writing assignments. After this class, students should have a clearer idea about how to become a more productive writer and a more creative artist. (Offered Fall and Spring.)

Prerequisite: Take FIL-211/FILM-102, Screenwriting 2
Course Credit: 3

Aesthetics of Cinematography (FILM-231)

The course consists of a series of 35mm still photo exercises to introduce the student to the basic vocabulary of lighting, including: lighting direction and formal definition, hard and soft light qualities, and the laws of light behavior. An overview of the historical conventions of film lighting and the role of the director of photography is provided as foundation for the practical photo assignments.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Business Affairs for Filmmaker (FILM-663)

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

CPR & 1st Aid Cert Workshop (FILM-001)

All studio term students must have a valid CPR and First Aid certification before participating in any voluntary, extra-credit portfolio project, sponsored project, or homework or classroom assignments. At the beginning of every term, the Film Department schedules a CPR and First Aid course for all first-term film students. If you miss the scheduled Film Department CPR/First Aid course, you will have to arrange, at your own expense, to take the course elsewhere. Upon completion, you will have to present your valid CPR /First Aid certification to the Film Office. If you have already taken the CPR course at Art Center and your CPR certification has expired, you may take this CPR/First Aid Workshop.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Cine Workshop: Lighting the Na (FILM-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

Cinematography 1 (FILM-130)

It is the goal of this class to take a fresh look at the way films are made so as to open new possibilities of cinema. Today the industry is facing the greatest challenge to its global technological and cultural dominance. In the not too distant future, all films will be made and distributed differently. The film artists of tomorrow will be those capable of thinking in novel ways. Hence the ambition of this class is to help students imagine their filmmaking beyond the norms generated by the current practice of the medium. Each week some questions relevant to the making of films will be presented by the instructor then debated in group discussions. Course Objectives: to create a forum where the potential of film can be thought out and expanded beyond the views presently regulating its practice.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Cinematography 2 (FILM-131)

To write with light, to write with motion, the learning of design (disegno), lighting and composition: these are the traditional aims of a class devoted to cinematography. Yet, under the impact of digital technology, this "language," this way of seeing, is being challenged. What are we indeed to make of the differences between film and digital capture? Are we facing a new kind of aesthetics, one no longer concerned with the beautiful? Will the new technology help us gather a new awareness of the social world or is it dooming us to stylistic figures without consequence? Course Objectives: although lectures will fill much of the class, the heart of the course will consist of a series of visual explorations involving the filmmaker, the camera, and the world. Through specific exercises, each student will engage cinematographic issues related to the pictorial transformation of reality. Course Requirements: each student will be responsible for 4 projects (about 5 min. each) for presentation in class on an assigned schedule. These are to be understood as raw sketches that challenge our stereotyped assumptions about filmmaking rather than polished pieces. The overall idea is to push your creativity rather than concern yourself with the equipment.

Prerequisite: Take FIL-006/FILM-001, CPR First Aid Workshop and Take FIL-110/FILM-130, Cinematography 1
Course Credit: 3

Cinematography Tech Training (FILM-230)

This course is designed to teach future cinematographers the technical "know-how" and vocabulary used by professionals on sets and in the industry. Knowledge will be gained by "hands-on" demos, field trips, lectures,and a final exam. Students will achieve a strong understanding about a Cinematographer's responsibilities, tools used on a set, vocabulary, lighting and safety. A firm knowledge of the technical allows more time for creativity. This is not a shooting class and is a technical class. Prereequisites: FIL-110, Cinematography 1

Prerequisite: Take FIL-110/FILM-130, Cinematography 1
Course Credit: 3

Color Science & Vfx (FILM-651)

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.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Completed Thesis (FILM-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

Designng Movent&the Visual Dir (FILM-561)

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?

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Dir2: Tech Trng (Wks 2-4) (FILM-222)

This course provides a basic videography, using the Panasonic DVC Pro AJ-D610 WA DV camera. Students will learn and gain access to the camera system in preparation for Directing 3.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Directing 1 (FILM-121)

Students in this class will learn the basic principles of film directing, from the breakdown of the script as the first stage of directing, to the analysis of the script from the director's point of view.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Directing 2 (FILM-221)

Students in this class will learn about working with the actor and the script in narrative film. Emphasis is on making the scene work, from casting to camera-ready. Each student is expected to direct and present three fully rehearsed scenes with accompanying research, floor plan, character description.

Prerequisite: Take FIL-155/FILM-123, Acting Workshop for Directors
Course Credit: 3

Directing 3 (FILM-223)

The class focuses on developing and using cinematic language to tell stories effectively. Emphasis is on shooting the master scene - directing actors, staging, camera blocking, and editing. Short assignments are produced and critiqued weekly.

Prerequisite: FIL-006/FILM-001, CPR & First Aid Workshop, FIL-203/FILM-221, Directing 2, and FIL-161/FILM-230, Cinematography Tech Training
Course Credit: 3

Directing Workshop (FILM-120)

This is the concurrent lab component of the advanced Directing and Production classes. Classic feature films and student projects will be will be screened and critiqued as part of the Directing 3 curriculum, and other advanced production classes TBA.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Film Editing 1 (FILM-152)

This course teaches students about the film editor's craft and its creative aspects. Students will edit picture with synchronized sound from a number of professionally-directed scenes using Avid software. After taking the course, students will have an overview of dramatic editing techniques, enriched by hands-on experience. Students will also gain knowledge of the way that editing fits into the larger filmmaking process and will be prepared to continue to Film Editing 2.

Prerequisite: Take FIL-107/FILM-150, Introduction to Post Production
Course Credit: 3

Film Editing 2 (FILM-250)

The role of the editor is examined in-depth through challenging weekly assignments. Beginning with a detailed analysis of the scene, a through understanding of the characters and their motivations are developed. Each scene is dissected to determine its function in the larger story. The concept of motivated cutting is introduced to underscore the correlation between text and subtext in illustrating internal as well as external character objectives. Sequences from a broad array of popular television dramas form the basis of coursework.

Prerequisite: Take FIL-154/FILM-152, Film Editing 1
Course Credit: 3

Film Editing 3 (FILM-251)

Designed for upper term and Masters Program students, Advanced Editing is tailored to the individual student's projects and areas of interest. The instructor and student collaborate to set goals for the semester's work. Students are welcome to edit their own or fellow student's films. Sequences from television series and feature films are provided for those who wish to develop genre specific skills in comedy, action, or drama. Progress is monitored weekly with screenings and classmates taking part in discussions. The instructor works closely with the student to build a comprehensive understanding of the post production process. (Offered Fall and Spring.)

Prerequisite: Take FIL-254 /FILM-250, Film Editing 2
Course Credit: 3

Film Internship (FILM-490)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Film Internship (FILM-690)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Film Internship (FILM-590)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Film Internship (FILM-390)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Film Production Sound (FILM-140)

This course covers the fundamentals of sound and provides an introduction to using sound practically and creatively. Students will be trained to properly record sound for production. Course material will cover: sound theory, including the differences between sounds and pictures, and the value of perspective in sound; development of sound from its beginnings to new techniques and systems found on today's sets, in theatres, and in the home; the tools used in production, including microphones, booms, mixers, tape, and recorders; the sync pulse and time code; recording and play back on set; analog and digital sound; creating and using the 3 elements of any sound track-dialog, sound effects, and music. (Offered in the Spring semester.)

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Film Thesis Development (FILM-591)

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.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 2

Film Thesis Production (FILM-691)

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

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 2

Film Workshop (FILM-411)

Students present their projects at key stages of development, production and post-producation for peer and instructor critique.

Prerequisite: Take FIL-161/FILM-230, Cinematography Tech Training, and FIL-253/FILM-223, Directing 3
Course Credit: 3

Flame Workshop (FILM-351)

This is an intermediate to advanced immersion into industry-grade Visual Effects. Moving into Autodesk's Flame Premium software; many techniques will be thoroughly detailed and practiced as if working in the industry, with senior-artist supervision, and under client-driven direction.

Prerequisite: Take FIL-109/FILM-151, Visual Effects Workshop
Course Credit: 3

Grad Film Casting Lab (FILM-502)

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.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Guided Study Studio (FILM-696)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 1

Guided Study Studio (FILM-396)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 1

Guided Study Studio (FILM-496)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 1

Guided Study Studio (FILM-596)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 1

Indiv Advismnt & Settng Goals (FILM-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 (FILM-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 (FILM-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

Indiv Advismt & Transtn to Pro (FILM-693)

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.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Intro to Post Production (FILM-150)

Post-production for digital video using Apple's Final Cut Pro, integrating Photoshop, After Effects, Soundtrack Pro, DVD Studio Pro and other software. Methods for editing, color correction, animation, compositing, capturing, mastering and publishing are taught, then implemented in a project of the student's choosing. Students will also gain general technical knowledge of digital video, broadcast standards and problem solving skills.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Lighting for Cinematography (FILM-232)

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.

Prerequisite: Take FIL-006/FILM-001, CPR & First Aid Workshop, FIL-110/FILM-130, Cinematography 1, and FIL-161/FILM-230, Cinematography Tech Training
Course Credit: 3

Line Prod&Prof Film Productn (FILM-310)

The process of filmmaking is looked at from the producer's point of view. Each class consists of a lecture on one of the five major creative areas of filmmaking: writing, acting, cinematography, editing and directing; then a screening of a scene from a completed movie--we analyze it creatively and production-wise; finally, every session has time for individual questions and answers. Emphasis is on professionalism--both problems and solutions. Also, three of the sessions are dedicated to production management--script breakdown, scheduling and budgeting are covered. Some expenses are associated with the class ($100-200).

Prerequisite: Take FIL-253/FILM-223, Directing 3
Course Credit: 3

Master's Production Workshop (FILM-599)

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.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Narrative Editing: Workshop (FILM-650)

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

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Narrative Editng:theory & Prct (FILM-550)

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 (FILM-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

Non-Fiction Film and Video (FILM-423)

The objective of this class is to introduce the student to non-fiction film and video-making. The class will provide a forum for the student film-maker using a series of specific exercises designed by the instructor to prepare each of them for the documentary film-making experience. During the 14 week semester, each student will be asked to shoot and edit a number of short videos, while at the same time exploring not only the history of the form but its future, for example, by looking at how today's digital technologies are completely transforming both the aesthetics -- and the ethics -- of modern documentary film-making.

Prerequisite: Take FIL-161/FILM-230, Cinematography Technical Training
Course Credit: 3

Not Your Dad's Film History Cl (FILM-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

PSA & Commerical Workshop (FILM-422)

This course provides instruction in nomenclature and use of professional motion picture cameras and related tools. Students will get a broad view of the most current advances in cinematic technology. Course material includes the evaluation of the role of the cinematographer as a visual storyteller and students will develop a broadened understanding of the balance between artist and technician.

Prerequisite: Take FIL-161/FILM-230, Cinematography Tech Training and FIL-253/FILM-223, Directing 3
Course Credit: 3

Pitching (FILM-501)

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.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Post Production Sound (FILM-240)

Course covers in depth the process of Post Sound for Film and Video from Video Editor to the industry standard Pro Tools. Subjects covered in depth are : recording Voiceover and ADR, Foley, editing music and production dialogue, sound design, music score creation, mixing, foreign mixes and delivery. Pre-req FIL-204

Prerequisite: Take FIL-204/FILM-140, Film Production Sound
Course Credit: 3

Producing & Set Procedures (FILM-510)

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.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 4

Screenwriting 1 (FILM-101)

This course provides a conceptual approach to the art and craft of writing for film. Emphasis is on writing from a visual point of view, as well as analyzing and exploring the elements fundamental to all styles of screenwriting. The goal of this class is to clear up the common misunderstandings that become obstacles to writing effectively for the screen and assist students in thinking visually.

Prerequisite: Must have taken: HMN-100/HWRI-102 Writing Studio, or HMN-101/HWRI-101 Writing Studio Intensive, or Pass the Writing Placement Exam
Course Credit: 3

Screenwriting 2 (FILM-102)

This course provides a conceptual approach to the art and craft of writing for film. Emphasis is on writing from a visual point of view, as well as analyzing and exploring the elements fundamental to all styles of screenwriting. The goal of this class is to encourage student awareness of alternative approaches to the development of more complex story structures and characters, and to assist the student in becoming a more versatile storyteller.

Prerequisite: Take FIL-156/FILM-101, Screenwriting 1
Course Credit: 3

Screenwritng:Rewritng Visualy (FILM-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 (FILM-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 (FILM-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 (FILM-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 (FILM-620A)

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

Sound Design: the Other Half (FILM-661)

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.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Storyboarding for Directors (FILM-122)

Storyboarding: Mastering Communication Using Text, Image, and Diagram. This course focuses on stroyboarding skills for the filmmaker. A series of exercises teaches techniques that enhance the student's ability to visualize and sketch shot sequences and camera moves. Students are instructed in simple sketch techniques to expand their ability to communicate visual concepts to other participating artists.

Prerequisite: Take FND/INT-101 or FND/INT-103 Design 1
Course Credit: 3

Studio Independent Study (FILM-395)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Studio Independent Study (FILM-595)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Studio Independent Study (FILM-695)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Studio Independent Study (FILM-495)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

The Director & the Script (FILM-520)

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.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 5

The Journey (FILM-203)

In this course the student will learn a professional approach to story and structure for feature-length narrative film. The student will be given the feedback and the tools to enable her/him to make radical improvements in his/her writing, artistically or commercially or (preferably) both. The student will be expected to use that feedback and those tools to make the biggest strides possible toward professionalism in 14 weeks. The course goal is that when the student writes, she/he will begin to think, and to act, like a professional screenwriter. This course is offered Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.

Prerequisite: Take FIL-211/FILM-102, Screenwriting 2
Course Credit: 3

Thesis Continuation (FILM-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

UG Film Casting Lab (FILM-002)

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.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Visiting Artist Smnr & Advsmnt (FILM-692)

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.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Visual Effects Workshop (FILM-151)

Visual Effects introduces visual effects through theory and practical application with the use of Autodesk's Smoke 2013. This course will immerse you into what visual-effects actually are, who uses them, and how they are designed, delegated, and created. It will be the starting point for learning visual-effects compositing and using Smoke as a complete post-production package for editing, effects, and color.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Visual Narrative Workshop (FILM-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 Narrative Workshop (FILM-563X)

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. Transferable. Not applicable to current Art Center degree students.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Visual Storytelling Tech (FILM-630X)

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. Transferable. Not applicable to current Art Center degree students.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Visual Storytelling Techniques (FILM-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

Watching Films Like a Filmmakr (FILM-662)

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.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Written Thesis Creation (FILM-698)

Students complete their written thesis.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 1

Written Thesis Development (FILM-598)

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

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 1

   
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