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FILM 367 Directing and Producing the Music Video Using industry standard music video production equip- ment, as well as preproduction, production and post- production techniques, this course is an exploration of music video production techniques and an overview of music video theory and criticism. By combining theory and hands-on exercises, students are expected to develop the technical, analytical and critical foun- dations necessary for all music video preproduction, production and postproduction phases. Students will acquire the conceptual abilities needed to plan and execute a professional music video. Prerequisite(s): FILM 132.


FILM 393 Digital Cinematography Through various exercises, students will learn how digi- tal cinematography techniques are utilized in current film and television productions. Students explore and evaluate digital image capture as executed by digital cinematographers, and develop necessary digital moving image techniques essential for digital image capture. Prerequisite(s): FILM 132.


FILM 401 Directing Actors This course explores the theoretical and practical considerations of the director in relationship to the multiple facets of directing actors. The course is an in-depth workshop involving casting, mounting and realization of a sequence from a screenplay empha- sizing characterization and shot design. Students are introduced to basic techniques in film, television and theater acting; script and character analysis (text vs. subtext); the director’s breakdown; casting actors; special skills in rehearsals; improvisation; pac- ing the actor’s performance; and navigating multiple film performances from the ensemble perspective. Prerequisite(s): FILM 132 or MPRA 204.


FILM 403 Cinematography This course builds on students’ knowledge of video production and applies their skills to film. Students are expected to learn to load film magazines, operate film cameras and light for film. Topics of discussion include careers in film and television and the aesthetic of working with film. Students develop expertise in film processing and printing the film to tape trans- fer, film stocks and double system sound recording. Prerequisite(s): FILM 132.


FILM 408 Steadicam This advanced production class focuses on the Steadi- cam, a stabilizing system designed to have the mobility and flexibility of a hand-held camera while dramatically increasing image stability. Prerequisite(s): FILM 132.


FILM 410 Documentary Film Preproduction Documentary filmmakers rely on special abilities to successfully prepare their films for production. This course leads filmmakers through the development and preproduction processes as they correlate with nonfic- tion content, specifically the documentary. The course emphasizes preparation and writing. Topics addressed are research, pitching and proposal writing, outlines, treatments and scripts. Prerequisite(s): FILM 337.


FILM 412 Shot Design Students learn to communicate more effectively and aesthetically through shot design by deconstructing and evaluating scenes from films. Students have the opportunity to critically explore the planning, com- position and execution of a scene in order to better understand the artistic role of the director. Emphasis is placed on how decisions regarding camera, color, light and location affect the storytelling of a scene. Prerequisite(s): FILM 320.


FILM 413 Special Topics in Film and Television The topic of this course varies from quarter to quarter. Each seminar focuses on various issues in the field of film and television and allows students to pursue individual projects related to the subject of the course. Prerequisite(s): Vary according to topic.


FILM 420 The Distribution Revolution Special attention is given to analyzing the new trends in film distribution via the Internet and mobile hand held devices. This course examines from a practical


application and contemporary perspective the rapidly changing landscape of content distribution in the global marketplace. Topics include theatrical distribu- tion, cable and television sales, simultaneous global distribution, the impact of the Internet on the produc- tion, marketing and distribution of film, and the future of content distribution in all media. Prerequisite(s): FILM 210.


FILM 421 Environmental Filmmaking An exploration of the unique challenges of the environ- mental filmmaker, including natural history storytelling, capturing wildlife behaviors on camera, and filming in outdoor locations such as marine environments. Stu- dents will gain valuable hands-on experience through the creation of environmental films while learning how to achieve professional success in a rapidly growing field. Prerequisite(s): FILM 337.


FILM 425 Advanced Production Practicum This course is a hands-on studio experience designed to build upon previously learned pre-production and production skills in order to expose students to the advanced aspects of small to mid-scale film and television production from inception to completion. Advanced Production Practicum will be offered when specific projects are in need of what the class can offer a client, and will function as a tangible produc- tion office where each student has the opportunity to take on the role as Producer or Department Head. Prerequisite(s): FILM 305.


FILM 431 Film and Television Senior Project I Students define the preproduction, production and postproduction stages of their senior projects. Empha- sis is placed on analyzing the script, preparing a budget, determining a schedule, casting, identifying the target audience and deciding on a method of distribution. Students are expected to focus on very specific career goals, setting expectations and creat- ing strategies. Prerequisite(s): FILM 320 or FILM 337.


FILM 432 Film and Television Senior Project II In this course, students concentrate on the physi- cal production of their senior project, applying their acquired knowledge of the filmmaking process and focusing on the completion of the filming component in advance of postproduction work. Experience in pre- production, scriptwriting and research, lighting, camera techniques, audio, directing, computer graphics and postproduction are utilized. Prerequisite(s): FILM 431.


FILM 433 Film and Television Senior Project III This course represents the third phase of the senior project. Students focus principally on the postproduc- tion of the final project, as well as on preparing their sample reels, solidifying career goals and determining strategies to reach them. Prerequisite(s): FILM 432.


FILM 450 Off-campus: Los Angeles With a faculty member of the Film and Television department, the student will travel to Los Angeles and meet with a variety of industry professionals. Before the trip, the student will write a résumé, create a busi- ness card, and develop a portfolio that highlights his/ her strengths as a filmmaker. Upon the student’s return, he/she will formulate a specific follow-up strategy with the industry contacts that is designed to maximize his/ her relationships with them and facilitate the student’s entry into the job market. Prerequisite(s): FILM 210.


FILM 453 International Video Seminar This course allows students to produce a videotape, utilizing the architectural backdrops of Provence as a stimulus for creating unmatched footage for a sample reel. Prerequisite(s): Permission of department chair.


Film and Television (Graduate)


FILM 501 Technical Elements of Film Production Students are introduced to the technical components necessary for film and television production. Students learn basic skills (appropriate to a graduate level) in lighting, professional video, field audio recording and post production while developing an expressive use of digital video for creative storytelling.


FILM 502 Conceptual Elements of Film Production An exploration of the conceptual elements of film- making. Students will learn the importance of story structure, film text and form, the essential elements of an effective screenplay, and the necessary procedures to film a narrative script.


FILM 503 Practical Elements of Film Production In their roles as directors and producers, students learn how to bring a screenplay from development to the screen through scheduling, budgeting, casting and location scouting. Students learn how to direct by creatively transforming a screenplay into a film through pre-visualization, shot design, and directing actors.


FILM 704 Producing for Film and Television This course examines the creative, organizational and managerial roles of the producer in narrative and non-narrative genres. Special attention is given to the challenges that face producers, directors, writers and production managers. Topics include feature filmmak- ing, independent production, television programming, financing and distribution, and the collaborative pro- cess. Students are expected to break down, schedule and budget a feature film.


FILM 706 Screenwriting: The Short Form Students explore the process of writing a short screen- play or screenplays suitable for production as a gradu- ate thesis film. Lectures and writing exercises introduce students to basic script format and the principles of story creation, character evolution, dialogue and plot construction. Students apply these principles as they pitch, develop and write a short script.


FILM 707 Screenwriting A study of the traditional feature-length narrative screenplay. Students explore the principles of story creation, character development, plot construction, dialog, and visual storytelling as it applies to the three- act structure of feature films. Students pitch, develop their stories with a detailed beat outline, and then adapt that outline to a screenplay.


FILM 708 Designing Shots Students learn to master the creation of visually compelling and emotionally powerful images in a studio setting, where they choreograph the camera with the actor. Effective and eloquent shot listing is developed to correspond with blocking a scene for performance. Emphasis is placed on the aesthetics of cinematic design.


FILM 710 Film and Digital Media Production Technology Students in this course acquire an understanding of the role of picture capture in regard to the entire film- making process, and experience the full collaborative process of making movies, including film and digital cameras, lighting for film and video, and recording location sound. In addition, focus is placed on the aesthetics of the image.


FILM 717 Postproduction This course explores current postproduction tech- niques, combining analysis of editing styles with an examination of editing technology. The philosophy of edit decisions and the management of edit decision lists are developed through a series of exercises and assignments. Emphasis is placed on editing for maxi- mum time and budget efficiency.


FILM 726 The Screenplay Adaptation The adaptation of source material for the narrative feature is a staple of both mainstream Hollywood and independent films. Source material is identified, analyzed, and restructured for the needs of a three-act feature screenplay. Students write a treatment and the first act of a feature film. Material to be adapted must be discussed with the professor prior to the quarter in which the class is taken. Prerequisite(s): FILM 707.


FILM 727 Cinematography This course introduces students to the art and craft of motion picture photography, making distinctions between cinematography and videography, includ- ing their unique preproduction and postproduction


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