Course DescriptionThis course is an opportunity for the serious beginner to learn the fundamentals of filmmaking. Students respond to conceptual and aesthetic challenges posed broadly as problems of time, movement, space, place, and point of view that students solve in both short exercises and concentrated study. Weekly assignments, discussions, exercises, lectures, and critiques further students’ understanding of filmmaking Consideration is given to the historical and emergent potentials of filmmaking as students become familiar with diverse modes of cinematic expression and better equipped to discover and realize their own creative voices. A range of examples are discussed and understood as responses to technical limits and possibilities as well as to social, cultural, economic, and political contexts. By the end of the course, students will have gained experience with cameras as well as sound, lighting, and editing tools that prepare them for more ambitious personal film projects at the next level of the digital production course sequence.
- Technical and conceptual fundamentals necessary for the planning, production, and editing of a short 16mm non-sync (MOS) sound film.
- Familiarity with operation of Bolex camera, tripod, and digital audio recorder.
- Fundamental theoretical and practical understanding of film stock, film speed, lenses, principles of exposure, basic lighting, and audio recording.
- Basic working knowledge of digital editing.
- Greater fluency in the communicative language of cinema and expressive techniques including shot structure, composition, continuity and coverage.
- Appreciation for modes of filmic expression beyond the conventional narrative.
- Refined understanding of one’s own personal aesthetics and voice.
- On-set experience crewing on one another’s productions.
- Preparation for more ambitious film projects.
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Film Production Certificate : Required Courses