Courses / Undergraduate

Fall 2014

  • Moving Image Media Production

    Film 26 | CCN: 31657

    Jeffrey Skoller

    4 Units

    The objective of this class is to provide the basic technical foundation necessary for creative digital film production while emphasizing the techniques and languages of creative moving image media. The course is designed to give a basic understanding of a range of moving image formats as part of an approach to the contemporary moving image art from traditional story genres to more contemporary experimental forms. Training will included pre-production techniques such as scripting, shot lists, storyboarding and production scheduling. ”Image capture” introduces the use of Digital Video cameras and other electronic imaging devices emphasizing techniques of camera placement, composition, movement and continuity as well as an introduction to lighting technologies and techniques. Sound recording for film and video includes the use of microphones, tape, digital recording, sound editing and mixing. An introduction to lighting technologies and techniques. Sound recording for film and video includes the use of microphones, tape, digital recording, sound editing and mixing. An introduction to theory and practice of non-linear digital editing programs, techniques and the use of non-linear editing programs. The class will focus on learning Final Cut ProX. Post-production topics include: editing strategies and aesthetics, working across platforms and the integration of analogue and digital approaches. The class will introduce the language and techniques of different forms and genres such as dramatic, non-fiction, essay, installation, animation and web based work, as well as poetic and abstract forms. The course will consist of weekly lectures/screenings, on production technique and forms, and occasional visiting artists and craftspeople will give workshops. In addition there is a weekly production section taught by GSIs in which students produce a series of short individual and group exercises and a final project. This course will provide students the technical groundwork for the courses in the program that integrate production elements into other film studies courses and serve as a prerequisite for the more advanced courses that focus on specific techniques and aspects of production.