Courses / Undergraduate

Spring 2015

  • Advanced Digital Video

    187A | CCN: 31756

    J. Mira Kopell

    4 Units

    This hands-on course explores the process of making a narrative short using digital video production. Over the semester, students will write, rewrite, pre-visualize, shoot, direct and edit one project, approximately 12-15 minutes in length.
    The class emphasizes the collaborative process of filmmaking so, in addition to developing their own projects, each student will continually workshop each other¹s scripts, dailies and cuts, as well as produce on assigned production and crew on various projects.
    The semester is broken into four stages -­ script concept/development, pre-production, production and postproduction. 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 the camera and actors, shot choice/composition and lighting, 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 HD video 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 production experience (Film 26 or Film 185 or equivalent). Preference is given to Film & Media and Art Practice majors. Interested students should attend the first class session.