UC Berkeley Department of Film and Media

Department of Film & Media UC Berkeley

Courses / Undergraduate

Fall 2018

26 | CCN: 25472

Intro Digital Video

David Borengasser

4 Units

TH 9:00am-12:00pm, Dwinelle 30; Lab: F 9:00am-12:00pm Dwinelle 30

Film 26, Moving Image Media Production, is an introductory film production course that provides a basic foundation for digital video production with hands-on instruction in the use of digital cameras, sound recording for video, basic lighting techniques, and digital editing. Emphasis will be on the basic elements of digital filmmaking: composition, light, color, relationships between sound and image, as well as various creative approaches to editing such as dramatic continuity and montage. Post-production topics include working across platforms and the integration of analogue and digital approaches. The class introduces the language and techniques of dramatic filmmaking, while emphasizing a range of creative approaches to filmmaking as a medium for personal expression and experimentation such as the personal essay, activist, poetic and abstract forms as well as installation, and animation.
This course will provide students the technical groundwork for other courses in the program that integrate production elements, and it will serve as a prerequisite for the more advanced courses that focus on specific techniques and aspects of moving image production. The course will consist of lectures/screenings, discussion/critique, visiting artists, and production workshops in which students produce a series of exercises and a final project.


There will be a required $60.00 lab fee for the course.

This course will cover a variety of 16mm filmmaking techniques, including hand-painted film, cinematography, and digital transfer with an emphasis on the avant-garde. Through readings, hands-on workshops, and individual projects, students will learn about exposure, the photochemical process, various film stocks, and digital editing. This course is intended to provide an historical perspective of film technology before the invention of video, a foundational understanding of cinematography as it is still used in video today, and an introduction to motion picture film as a professional medium of choice for contemporary filmmakers. Students will shoot and edit traditional 16mm film as well as digital transfers of film to video. This is a studio-based film production course that will utilize a range of equipment including: 16mm film cameras, video cameras and software, and audio and lighting instruments. The work created in class will culminate in a final screening/performance of individual and group assignments.