Courses / Undergraduate

Spring 2018

  • Advanced Digital Production: The Narrative Short

    187 | CCN: 24305

    J. Mira Kopell

    4 Units

    This hands-on workshop explores the collaborative process of making a narrative short.   Over the semester, students will write, rewrite, pre-visualize, direct and edit one digital video project, approximately 10 – 12 minutes in length.  Each student will also produce a classmate's project.

    The semester is broken into four stages – script concept/development, pre-production, production and post-production.  Script development emphasizes visual storytelling, dramatic structure, character development and theme.  Pre-production highlights pre-visualization strategies, script analysis, casting, rehearsing, scheduling.  Production focuses on directing both the actors and the camera, shot choice/composition, crew work. Post focuses on editing esthetics and sound design.

    Narrative shorts from around the world are screened to facilitate discussion of strategies for making an effective short film.

    Emphasis is on each student mastering the creative, practical, technical, and theoretical concepts related to digital production.  Ultimately, each student will create a short that is technically proficient and personally meaningful.


    Prerequisites: Consent of instructor required.  This class is open to juniors and seniors with directing/production experience. Preference is given to Film & Media majors. Interested students should attend the first class session.  Please be prepared to submit a reel/project that highlights your directing work.