Classes

Credits

Adv Cinematic Motion

3

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

Course number: FILM-632
Prerequisite: Take FILM-621, Cell Phone Cinema or FILM-620 Shooting the Scene

Advanced Acting Workshop

3

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

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

Advanced Cinematography

3

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

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

Advanced Film Development

3

This graduate course is an intensive screenwriting class for Writers and Writer/Directors. Students will meet individually with the instructor to develop a short film screenplay (narrative short, web-series, episodic pilot, experimental film, etc.) from idea through final shooting script with the intension to produce the project in Advanced Film Production. The course is designed to provide the student with a comprehensive, professional understanding of screenwriting and development.

Course number: FILM-670
Prerequisite: Take FILM-652, Narrative Film Practicum

Advanced Film Production

3

This graduate course is an intensive production class for Directors who wish to shoot and edit an advanced project. The course is designed to cover the full directorial process from pre-production to delivery. Each week, students will meet individually with the instructor to develop and establish strategies including aesthetic, technical, and ethical issues integral to the production. Collaboration, professionalism, communication, flexibility, tolerance and diplomacy will guide the creative exploration. Projects will be screened at the end of the term. Admission to the course is by petition. Students may enroll once the instructor has determined that the script has been effectively developed and is ready for production. Scripts for this course are typically developed in Advanced Film Development. Scripts are to be submitted to the instructor during weeks 12-14 in the term prior to enrollment. There are multiple sections of this class with different requirements. Students should review syllabi for section distinctions.

Course number: FILM-671
Prerequisite: Take FILM-004, Set Safety -AND- FILM-652, Narrative Film Practicum

Bus Affairs for Filmmakers

3

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

Course number: FILM-663
Prerequisite: Take Film-520, The Director & the Script

Cell Phone Cinema

4

Students write a five-page original short narrative film script. The script must tell a story. It is not a meditation on character, or a stylized music video, but a story that contains (even if subtle) a three-act structure and a satisfying resolution that completes the story's theme or answers its basic question. The students do a 'rehearsal shoot' (stand-ins, not actors) which is reviewed with the teacher to discuss location, shots, production design, camera blocking, etc. A shot list and hour by hour schedule is created to insure that the final shoots are economical and efficient. The students then shoot their scripts using only a cell phone and basic external sound equipment. No extra lights or camera equipment is permitted. This allows for a freer shoot environment and presents opportunities for directorial problem solving, the key skill set for directors. Students edit their films on their computers, using all appropriate post production techniques. Creative story telling is encouraged. Students complete a film in this class.

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

Cell Phone Cinema Extension

0

This zero-credit continuation of Cell Phone Cinema allows students who did not complete their Cell Phone Cinema project in the previous term to continue working with Victoria Hochberg.

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

Cinematography for Directors

3

A Master Class for the graduate Film program, focused on the creative collaboration between Directors and Cinematographers. Creating a genre look from script interpretation by the selection and application of formats, lighting, lenses, movements and color grading based on sequences, scenes and shot design. This class focuses on practical sets, and is a level 3 production class. Taught by Affonso Beato, ASC, ABC member of the ASC Master Class faculty, with more than 50 features and 300 commercials on his resume. -Production Level: 3

Course number: FILM-533
Prerequisite: Take FILM-004, Set Safety and Take FILM-620, Shooting the Scene or FILM-621 Cell Phone Cinema or FILM-652, Narrative Film Practicum

Color Science & VFX

3

This class will teach color theory through the practice of color grading motion pictures. The class will cover the history of color in cinema and art. Students will learn to speak the language of digital cinema "color" in order to communicate effectively with their filmmaking collaborators. Students will learn basic and intermediate techniques for color grading their own commercial and narrative work in Davinci Resolve and will be encouraged to explore other equivalent software.

Course number: FILM-651
Prerequisite: Take FILM-520, The Director & the Script

Color: Theory & Practice

3

This class will teach color theory through the practice of color grading motion pictures. The class will cover the history of color in cinema and art. Students will learn to speak the language of digital cinema "color" in order to communicate effectively with their filmmaking collaborators. Students will learn basic and intermediate techniques for color grading their own commercial and narrative work in Davinci Resolve and will be encouraged to explore other equivalent software.

Course number: FILM-653
Prerequisite: n/a

Directing Movement for Impact

3

Directing Movement for Expressive Impact is an exploration of how movement functions expressively, thematically, narratively and structurally through insightful direction of the moving image. The filming of weekly, personalized movement sketches and critical analysis of examples from a broad range of film production promotes the discovery, development and enrichment of each student's 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?

Course number: FILM-561
Prerequisite: Take FILM-520, The Director & the Script

Editing: Theory & Practice

3

This narrative film editing course is designed to perfect storytelling techniques through advanced editing theory and practice. Students must already be sufficiently familiar with Avid Media Composer to use it without supervision or assistance. While some of the material to be edited will be provided by the instructor, it will be augmented by material chosen and directed by the students. Subjects of discussion will include narrative picture editing for feature films, television and short films, editing production dialogue and sound effects, sound recording by means of ADR, Foley and other processes, music score creation, foreign sound mixes and delivery elements.

Course number: FILM-550
Prerequisite: Take Film-520, The Director & The Script

Film Thesis Development

1

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

Course number: FILM-697
Prerequisite: Take FILM-620, Shooting the Scene or FILM-621, Cell Phone Cinema or FILM-652, Narrative Film Practicum

Film Thesis Production

2

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

Course number: FILM-691
Prerequisite: Take FILM-004, Set Safety and Take FILM-620, Shooting the Scene or FILM-621, Cell Phone Cinema or FILM-652, Narrative Film Practicum

Film Thesis Script Review

2

This class is for advanced students who already have - or will have - a completed shooting script. Students in this class will send their final shooting script to the instructor for review. The teacher will propose any changes that need to be made before granting filming approval. This approved script MUST be the same script submitted to the Film Production Office. There will be no weekly meetings for this class. Meetings will occur virtually via e-mail, phone, or Skype as needed to discuss script review and approval status. Face-to-face meetings may also be scheduled depending on faculty availability. Production Level: 3

Course number: FILM-694
Prerequisite: Take FILM-691, Film Thesis Production

Grad Film Casting Lab

0

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

Course number: FILM-502
Prerequisite: n/a

Indiv Advismnt & Settng Goals

0

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

Course number: FILM-592
Prerequisite: n/a

Indiv Advismnt&Scrpt Boot Cmp

0

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

Course number: FILM-593
Prerequisite: n/a

Indiv Advismt & Transtn to Pro

0

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

Course number: FILM-693
Prerequisite: n/a

Intro to TV Writing

3

This course is designed to be an immersive introduction to writing an original television pilot and the inner-workings of the TV writer's room. Following an introduction to the differences between screenwriting and television writing, format, and finding your audience/network, week-to-week student work will be "put up on the board" and workshopped in the same manner as the professional television writer's room, breaking down the steps from ideation to finished script. Students will leave the class with a finished pilot script which can be used as a writing sample for working in television and a basic confidence of what to expect when working in a writer's room on a professionally produced show. Through our weekly workshopping core screenwriting skills will be reinforced including narrative, structure, story arcs, scene work, the importance of theme, character development, and point-of-view.

Course number: FILM-506
Prerequisite: Take FILM-102, Screenwriting 2 -OR- FILM-500, Writing Visually

JW Marriott Commercial Class

0

This course - open only to pre-approved students - will focus on the conception, refinement, and production of spec commercials for the Ritz-Calrton & JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Must be production level 3 or above.

Course number: FILM-623
Prerequisite: Take FILM-223, Directing 3; FILM-620, Shooting the Scene; or FILM-621, Cell Phone Cinema

Lighting for Cinematography

3

This course is an introduction to the art and craft of cinema lighting. This will be achieved by lectures, demonstrations, supervised exercises, and assignments using a variety of lights and lighting tools. Emphasis is on students becoming comfortable and capable with lighting, planning and effectively communicating with others about lighting both technically and creatively. Students will learn to create new solutions to traditional techniques and styles. (Production Level: 1 for in-class demonstrations only. This is not a production class.)

Course number: FILM-532
Prerequisite: Take FILM-004, Set Safetly

Lighting the Narrative

3

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

Course number: FILM-530
Prerequisite: Take FILM-004, Set Safety AND FILM-520, The Director & the Script

Master's Production Workshop

0

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

Course number: FILM-599
Prerequisite: n/a

Mid-Program Review

0

Students in this class will meet with a team of film faculty members and professionals to review their body of work and professional assets (resume, website, etc) thus far. Students will receive feedback on their current portfolio, including thoughts on their strengths and areas that are in need of improvement. Long-term professional goals and strategies may also be explored.

Course number: FILM-575
Prerequisite: n/a

Movement Strategies: Anlys/Dir

3

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

Course number: FILM-568
Prerequisite: Take Film-561, Designing Mvmt &the Visual Dir

Narrative Editing: Workshop

3

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

Course number: FILM-650
Prerequisite: Take FILM-520, The Director & the Script

Narrative Film Analysis

3

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

Course number: FILM-562
Prerequisite: Take Film-520, The Director & the Script

Narrative Film Practicum

3

Narrative Film Practicum builds upon the foundations of storytelling, story comprehension, and filmmaking that were explored in the first term of the Grad Film program. Armed with the knowledge of what elements are essential in the creation of compelling films, students will apply this knowledge towards the directing of their own short films. Each section of Narrative Film Practicum will work towards this shared goal of higher level storytelling, but may do so in different ways at the discretion of the instructor. One section may focus on shooting a multitude of films that address specific briefs and challenges, while another may focus more on the creation of a single film while embracing certain restrictions. Although each section may differ in structure, students will leave the class having a deeper, more hands-on understanding of how narrative film concepts can be applied practically.

Course number: FILM-652
Prerequisite: Take FILM-004, Set Safety AND FILM-520, The Director & the Script

PSA & Commerical Workshop

3

This course is an intense immersion into what is required to be a viable commercial director and short form storyteller in the ever-shifting, fast- paced world of commercials and branded content. An entrepreneurial attitude is strongly encouraged for students to take charge of their careers by creating a body of commercial work that reflects their individuality without conforming to current or conventional views. Students produce weekly film assignments. Production Level: 3 and higher

Course number: FILM-622
Prerequisite: Take FILM-004 Set Safety, and Take FILM-620 Shooting the scene or Take FILM-621, Cell Phone Cinema or FILM-652, Narrative Film Practicum

Pitching

3

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

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

Portfolio Film Development

1

This course is designed to assist students with the development of their portfolio films and professional documents. Students will analyze and negotiate written material in relation to dramatic content, reception, and context. Students will be required to reach certain benchmarks in development depending on the scope of their project and what materials they already have completed upon entering the class. In addition to (or in lieu of) project development, students will be advised on career development and may be required to craft a resume, develop a website, develop a reel, and/or engage in other exercises that will put them in a more advantageous position for embarking on a career upon graduation. This is NOT a production class.

Course number: FILM-570
Prerequisite: Take FILM-520, The Director & the Script

Powerful Black Voices in Film

3

Hollywood's diversity problem has been getting some needed attention in recent years, but Filmmakers of Color have been creating brilliant movies since the dawn of moviemaking. By promoting an understanding and appreciation for Black Directors & Black Actors, this course is designed to educate and expand awareness of Black Cinema. Through the examination of carefully selected films by renowned filmmakers, this class promises to be an exciting opportunity to become immersed in expressive black viewpoints on contemporary society. This course will be exhilarating, breathtaking and educational.

Course number: FILM-569
Prerequisite: Take FILM-520, The Director & The Script

Producing & Set Procedures

3

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, and commercials. Emphasis is placed on best practices on set and on location.

Course number: FILM-511
Prerequisite: n/a

Prof Practices & Grad Review

3

The purpose of this class is to ensure that every student has the professional assets and tools they will need to successfully pursue their career immediately after graduation. This class will cover the creation and refinement of websites, resumes, and cover letters. Students will also workshop strategies for effective networking, interviewing, and self-promotion. A portion of this classes will involve a final term review where students will be asked to submit portfolio materials and professional documents for review and departmental archival. Like with the mid-program review, students will meet with a team of film faculty and professionals to receive feedback on these documents. This class is only available to students who are in their final term and have submitted their "Intent to Graduate" form. Email your department coordinator for access.

Course number: FILM-655
Prerequisite: Take FILM-652;, Narrative Film Practicum

Professional Preparation

2

The purpose of this class is to ensure that every student has the professional assets and tools they will need to successfully pursue their career immediately after graduation. This class will cover the creation and refinement of websites, resumes, and cover letters. Students will also workshop strategies for effective networking, interviewing, and self-promotion. A portion of this classes will involve a final term review where students will be asked to submit portfolio materials and professional documents for review and departmental archival. Like with the mid-program review, students will meet with a team of film faculty and professionals to receive feedback on these documents. This class should only be enrolled in by students who are in their final term and have submitted their "Intent to Graduate" form.

Course number: FILM-655A
Prerequisite: Take FILM-652;, Narrative Film Practicum

Professional Preparation (0)

0

The purpose of this class is to ensure that every student has the professional assets and tools they will need to successfully pursue their career immediately after graduation. This class will cover the creation and refinement of websites, resumes, and cover letters. Students will also workshop strategies for effective networking, interviewing, and self-promotion. A portion of this classes will involve a final term review where students will be asked to submit portfolio materials and professional documents for review and departmental archival. Like with the mid-program review, students will meet with a team of film faculty and professionals to receive feedback on these documents. This class should only be enrolled in by students who are in their final term and have submitted their "Intent to Graduate" form.

Course number: FILM-655B
Prerequisite: Take FILM-652;, Narrative Film Practicum

Scene Lighting Workshop

3

Students will pitch short scenes to direct in-class. Selected students will work with the instructor to design and execute appropriate lighting strategies with regards to the tone, setting, and narrative needs of the scene. Students should be have potential scenes in mind prior to the first day of class. Students may be expected to attend pre-lighting sessions during the day prior to the film shoot. Production Level: 3 and higher.

Course number: FILM-633
Prerequisite: Take Film-004, Set Safety AND Take FILM-620, Shooting the Scene or FILM-621, Cell Phone Cinema or FILM-652, Narrative Film Practicum

Screenwriting for Genre Films

3

From Coppola to Cameron, Steven Spielberg to Bong Joon-ho, many of our greatest filmmakers have started with a first or early feature in the horror, suspense and sci-fi thriller genre. Emerging directors Robert Eggers, Jordan Peele, Jennifer Kent and Ari Aster all made horror films as their first features and you too may pursue this path. Students in this class will write a first draft of a horror, suspense, or sci-fi thriller feature screenplay. We will also examine the elements common to the films of this genre.

Course number: FILM-602
Prerequisite: Take FILM-500, Writing Visually -OR- FILM-102, Screenwriting 2

Screenwriting:What'sTheStory?

3

This intensive workshop is a professional approach to story and structure for feature-length narrative film. Students begin by creating a premise that is artistically and/or commercially at a professional level. They develop the premise into a first-stage outline. If and when they are ready, they develop that into a second-stage outline from which a screenplay can be written. If time allows, they begin the first draft of the screenplay. Required software: Final Draft.

Course number: FILM-603
Prerequisite: Take Film-500, Screenwritng:Writing Visually

Screenwritng Roundtables

0

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

Course number: FILM-601
Prerequisite: n/a

Screenwritng:Rewritng Visualy

2

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

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

Selling Your Indie Film

3

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

Course number: FILM-660
Prerequisite: Take FILM-520, The Director & the Script

Shooting the Scene

4

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

Course number: FILM-620
Prerequisite: Take FILM-001, CPR & First Aid Certification Workshop and FILM-004, Set Safety

Short Film Production - 0 Unit

0

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

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

Short Form Digital Media

3

In this course students will dive into the increasingly essential world of new media. Each student will explore the medium first hand, creating a no budget, short form series that can be posted online as a standalone piece, or as a proof of concept for a future project. Special attention will be paid to outlining the story, designing each episode so it stands alone as well as part of the series, and picking the best platform for the story being told. Students will also learn the recent history of short form digital content, starting with YouTube and going through everything from Quibi to TikTok.

Course number: FILM-546
Prerequisite: Take FILM-004, Set Safety -AND- FILM-101, Screenwriting 1 -OR- FILM-500, Writing Visually

Sound Design

3

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

Course number: FILM-661
Prerequisite: Take Film-520, The Director & the Script

The Director & the Script

5

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

Course number: FILM-520
Prerequisite: n/a

The Director & the Script

3

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 number: FILM-520A
Prerequisite: n/a

The Poetics of Film Editing

3

A historical and aesthetic overview of film editing, ranging from the early days of silent film, to the innovations of modern techniques in the 21st century. Various editing scenarios and sequences will be explored in-depth; from Alfred Hitchcock's use of voyeurism, to the crafty use of Point-of-view edits in The Sopranos; the function of voice-over and music to create structure and pace in films by Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola; to the use of spatial and expressional sound design in films by David Lynch and Ridley Scott. This course is designed to spark curiosity and expand students' theoretical knowledge of film editing. The ultimate goal is to encourage learning through the act of watching films and to inspire students to employ thematic ingenuity in the planning and editing of their own projects.

Course number: FILM-552
Prerequisite: n/a

The Power of Observation

3

** This is NOT a production class ** Through a combination of in-class lighting assignments and film screenings students will learn to see and experience light as a narrative tool, beginning with the basic laws of light as described by the legendary educator Charles Potts. Students will pair up into small groups to explore various lighting techniques as they apply to humans, objects, and environments. Screening days will involve analyzing specific styles of cinematography, exploring their place within the narrative, and determining how to achieve similar effects during in-class demos and practicals.

Course number: FILM-531
Prerequisite: Take FILM-004, Set Safety

The Power of Pleasure

3

Sensuality, seduction and pleasure are at the core of almost every effort in the worlds of entertainment, advertising and marketing. In order to ignite desire and create brand awareness in consumers and audiences, it is necessary to speak in symbolic visual terms. A curated selection of films, advertising campaigns, photography, brand materials and 'brand codes' will be examined in order to form an understanding of the traditions of the art of visual seduction and how such traditions constantly evolve in response to society's ever- changing conditions and values. Students will create concepts, research documents, mood boards and a short film, the focus of which will be an instructor-assigned luxury brand communication project. Production Level: 3 and higher

Course number: FILM-664
Prerequisite: Take FILM-004, Set Safety -AND- Take FILM-620, Shooting the Scene or FILM-621, Cell Phone Cinema or FILM-652 Narrative Film Practicum

Thesis Continuation

0

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

Course number: FILM-699
Prerequisite: Take Film-698, Written Thesis Creation

Thesis Research

1

As the first of three written thesis courses, students meet individually with the Thesis Director to decide on a topic for their written thesis and begin researching their chosen topic.

Course number: FILM-597
Prerequisite: n/a

Thinking Critically About Film

3

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

Course number: FILM-560
Prerequisite: Take FILM-520, The Director & the Script

Visiting Artist Smnr & Advsmnt

0

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

Course number: FILM-692
Prerequisite: n/a

Visual Literacy in Film

3

A lively deconstruction and assessment of the scripts, movies and series made by Paul Thomas Anderson and The Coen Brothers. This class will take an in-depth look at their visual grammar to interpret and evaluate the meanings and metaphors found in the art of film.

Course number: FILM-564
Prerequisite: Take FILM-520, The Director & the Script

Visual Narrative Workshop

3

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

Course number: FILM-563
Prerequisite: n/a

Visual Storytelling Techniques

3

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

Course number: FILM-630
Prerequisite: Take FILM-530, Cine Workshop: Lighting the Narrative OR FILM-531, The Power of Observation

Watching Films Like a DP

3

This Course is based in a critical method of Cinematographic Visual Analysis using 13 Visual Elements of Cinematography which are employed in real time film/video production and/or what is behind the image quality on acclaimed film titles. The program will discuss on how to perceive these Elements on a film production set, using film titles as examples which use each Element as their main Look. The Course is important for students on Directing Track whom wants to improve the understanding of Cinematography and the communication with their Cinematographers and for Directors of Photography whom wants to improve the quality of production of their images.

Course number: FILM-535
Prerequisite: Take FILM-121, Directing 1 -OR- FILM-520, The Director & the Script

Watching Films Like a Filmmakr

3

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

Course number: FILM-662
Prerequisite: Take FILM-520, The Director & the Script

Writing Visually

3

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

Course number: FILM-500
Prerequisite: n/a

Writing for Episodic TV

3

The Writer's Room experience will be recreated in this class, where you will learn to pitch, break story and write a first act of your series. We will also examine groundbreaking television that has elevated the art of storytelling, learn about the show runner's creative process, and become fluent in the craft of television narratives.

Course number: FILM-503
Prerequisite: Take FILM-102, Screenwriting -OR- FILM-500, Screenwriting: Writing Visually

Writing: Adventures in Shorts

3

This intensive workshop focuses on writing short narrative films with emotional impact that are both ends in themselves and calling cards for the feature and television and streaming community. Students begin by creating a compelling premise with artistic and/or commercial promise. They develop the premise into an outline. They develop the outline into a screenplay. They rewrite the screenplay until the film is ready to shoot, while acquiring or enhancing skills essential to writing in longer forms. Required software: Final Draft.

Course number: FILM-505
Prerequisite: Take FILM-101, Screenwriting 1 OR FILM-500, Screenwriting: Writing Visually

Written Thesis Creation

1

In Written Thesis Creation, students write the last twenty pages of their thesis. They submit a first draft of the thesis by the eighth week of the term. The Instructor comments on the draft and then the students begin the revising process. They submit multiple drafts of their thesis for evaluation until it reaches the standard of competence for the completion of the Thesis Requirement for Graduation.

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

Written Thesis Development

1

In Written Thesis Development - the second of three written thesis classes - students complete their thesis research, develop a thesis outline and begin writing the thesis.

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