UC Berkeley Department of Film and Media

Department of Film & Media UC Berkeley

Courses / Undergraduate

Fall 2018

185 | CCN: 24647

Narrative Short

J. Mira Kopell,

4 Units

T/Th 1:00-4:00pm, Dwinelle 30/135

This hands-on digital video production course explores the process of making a narrative short. Students will write, pre-visualize, direct and edit three short films and crew on additional class projects. Scripts and cuts are presented in a workshop setting.

Lecture topics include how to write an effective short script, pre-visualization, directing actors and camera, continuity and coverage, composition, sound design, lighting, editing esthetics.

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor required. This class is open to juniors and seniors with production experience. Preference is given to Film & Media and Art Practice majors. Interested students should attend the first class session and be prepared to email a link of sample work.

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.