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3D Cinematography Workshop (FIL-319)

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 and FIL-161
Course Credit: 3

Acting Workshop for Directors (FIL-155)

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: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Adv Cinematography Workshop (FIL-414)

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, CPR & First Aid Workshop and FIL-161, Cinematography Tech Training
Course Credit: 3

Adv Cinematography Workshop (FIL-414X)

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: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Adv Screenwrtng:Scenes & Char (FIL-256)

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 or FILM-102, Screenwriting 2
Course Credit: 3

Adv Sound Design Workshop (FIL-241)

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: Pre-Req: Fill-281
Course Credit: 3

Advanced Post Production Sound (FIL-311)

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: FIL-281 Post Production Sound
Course Credit: 3

Aesthtcs Cnmatgrphy:color&comp (FIL-210)

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

CPR & 1st Aid Cert Workshop (FIL-006)

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

Cinematography 1: Fund 1 (FIL-110)

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: Fund 2 (FIL-157)

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 CPR First Aid Workshop
Course Credit: 3

Cinematography Master Class (FIL-314)

In this lecture/lab class, world-renowned cinematographer Allen Daviau, ASC uses screenings of his works and other important films to analyze the specific techniques of visual storytelling - the mise-en-scene of lighting, blocking, production design, camera movement, etc., as well as color, lens and film stock choices. Guest speakers will include renowned directors, cinematographers and tech experts. This special class is open to all Art Center students with Department approval. Five-time Academy-Award nominated Allen Daviau's credits as Director of photography include E.T. the Extraterrestrial; The Falcon and the Snowman; The Color Purple; Empire of the Sun; Avalon; Bugsy; Van Helsing; and many others. His other honors include a BAFTA Award, two ASC Cinematography Awards, and the Art Directors' Guild Distinguished Career Award, and the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award.

Prerequisite: Take FIL-110
Course Credit: 3

Cinematography Tech Training (FIL-161)

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: Pre-req: FIL-110
Course Credit: 3

Digital Motion Compositing (FIL-261)

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-253, GPK-208 and GPK-211
Course Credit: 3

Dir2: Tech Trng (Wks 2-4) (FIL-208)

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 Workshop (FIL-004)

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 Directing 1 (FIL-153)

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

Film Directing 2 (FIL-203)

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 Acting Workshop for Directors
Course Credit: 3

Film Directing 3 (FIL-253)

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, FIL-161 and FIL-203
Course Credit: 3

Film Editing 1 (FIL-154)

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 CGR-107 or FIL-107 Introduction to Post Production
Course Credit: 3

Film Editing 2 (FIL-254)

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 Editing 1
Course Credit: 3

Film Editing 3: Adv Film Edit (FIL-257)

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 Editing 2
Course Credit: 3

Film Internship (FIL-900)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Film Production Sound (FIL-204)

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 Workshop (FIL-401)

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

Prerequisite: Take FIL-161 Cinematography Tech Training, FIL-253 Film Directing 3 or SBC-611 Master's Directing
Course Credit: 3

Flame Workshop (FIL-320)

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: Must have taken Fil-109;
Course Credit: 3

Intro to Post Production (FIL-107)

Post-production for digital video using Apple146s 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 student146s 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 (FIL-260)

This class is composed of a series of 16 X 9 format still photo exercises designed to achieve the following aims: 1. To introduce you to the basic concepts of : a. Light b. Focus c. Composition 2. To use light as part of one's storytelling conventions. 3. To give you the opportunity to begin manipulating light in the service of creative interpretation. Learning objectives: To hone the students' skills and work habits to a level that is as close to professional as can be expected in a fourteen-week course. (Offered Fall and Spring.)

Prerequisite: Pre-Req: FIL-006, FIL-161 and FIL-110;
Course Credit: 3

Line Prod&Prof Film Productn (FIL-318)

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 Directing 3
Course Credit: 3

Non-Fiction Film and Video (FIL-355)

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 Cinematography Technical Training
Course Credit: 3

PSA & Commerical Workshop (FIL-315)

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-253 Directing 3
Course Credit: 3

Pitching (FIL-317)

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

Post Production Sound (FIL-281)

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 Porduction Sound
Course Credit: 3

Screenwriting 1 (FIL-156)

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 (FIL-211)

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 Screenwriting 1
Course Credit: 3

Storyboarding for Filmmakers (FIL-205)

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

The Journey:Feature Scrnwrtng (FIL-316)

Workshop class for the advanced screenwriter, emphasis on story, structure and character development for feature-length narrative film. (Offered Fall and Summer.)

Prerequisite: Take FIL-211 Screenwriting 2
Course Credit: 3

Visual Effects Workshop (FIL-109)

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

   
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