At ADMI’s flagship Film department, we teach students the magical art of storytelling, equipping them with the skills to inspire and move audiences through diverse cinematic tools. From the outset, students are immersed in all aspects of the creative journey, from ideation and creative writing through to scriptwriting, production, directing, cinematography, sound and post-production editing.
While providing a sound basis in theory, ADMI balances practical experience with a comprehensive acquisition of core skills. Graduates are technically and aesthetically proficient in all areas of film and television production and, through project-based collaborations, will develop a diverse portfolio, ranging from comedies to music videos, documentaries and commercials.
CORE UNIT DESCRIPTIONS
Students study the history of television with a focus on major developments in the industry. Through this study, students also learn the proper industry terminologies for people and items on a television production set, different file formats, and the current industry standards.
This course will prepare students for the challenges of life as a television producer. Through lectures, practical assignments, presentations, visits to television production studios and the outside broadcasting (OB) van, students will learn how to take control of a TV programme production.
Students will develop the ability to direct material for television broadcasting including both pre-production and post-production activities. This course will teach students how to determine suitable choices for acquisition formats, how to log tapes effectively, how to design scenes and takes, and all the technicalities of making shoot day work smoothly.
This course teaches students both the different types of editing and the historical development of editing as an art and a science. Students learn how to select suitable editing choices and edit video for television broadcast by employing different styles to create different effects.
In this course, students begin to understand the role and importance of the Art Director. Students learn how to scout for locations, build and design sets and models, within budget and with creative flair. As future production designers, they will begin to develop a portfolio of suitable filming locations in the country.
In this project class, students utilize everything they have learnt and practiced to create a magazine feature for television – from brief to final cut. Students will also complete a documentary feature and present it at a film festival.
Using a project based approach, students create, direct, and generate content for a news broadcast utilizing both current and archived content. Students will demonstrate their competence in providing technical support to journalists doing live news production.
Through practical assignments, students collaborate with their colleagues to produce television footage that is aesthetically pleasing and ready for prime time. Students use this class to hone their skills in producing a multi-camera production and marketing it to local television stations or the general public.
Students use a project based approach to take charge of all departments in any television production. Students demonstrate the ability to direct, or function as part of the directing team for, a wide variety of multi-camera setups including: news, sports, musicals, soap operas, and talk shows.
Students learn how to be competent operators in the demanding television industry with the ability to assemble and disassemble editing equipment with ease. Through practical assignments emphasizing different editing steps and using different editing formats, students become skilled television editors.
Students learn how to utilize the “art of sound” to conceptualize and develop sound themes for film and television production. Students learn the technical essentials of sound quality; silence as sound design; audio in storytelling, rhythm and anticipation; and the emotional character of sound. Using state-of-the art field and studio audio recording equipment in our brand new sound studio, students design and record audio and video scenes to support the scripts written in scripting class.
Students demonstrate advanced directing skills by bringing a script to life, working with actors and crew to produce a visually engaging film and collaborating with the producer, cinematographer and editor to successfully deliver the film to the public.
Students develop competency in the camera department of a television studio by studying and practicing the roles and responsibilities of a camera operator. This course gives students the ability to assemble and independently operate a camera station.
This course introduces students to scripting for broadcast. Through lectures and creative writing exercises, students learn how to write a script for television and radio, plus how to cast and critique it. Students practice script writing for soaps, talk shows, and musicals.
By studying the functions and powers of sound in a production, students learn to recognize good sound vs. bad sound, to identify the problems and fix them. Students also learn how to record indoors and outdoors, how to create sound effects, and how to mix tracks for a production. Students will demonstrate attainment of these skills by recording audio and video of scenes from scripts they have written.
Students will be exposed to the English language as it is used for business communication, with a particular focus on writing business proposals, telephone conversations, the use of language conventions appropriate to different business encounters, and public speaking.
Students study and demonstrate an understanding of how to produce a single camera film production. Through practical exercises, students will learn how to break down a script and produce footage to match a client’s brief as a skilled independent producer.
Students develop the skills required to be effective film directors through practical exercises in: preparing shooting schedules, eliciting the desired performance out of the cast, making cinematic choices, generating excellent communication, and leading the team to bring the chosen look into being.
Students develop superior editing skills to improve the film; intensify the drama, comedy, or other emotional requirements; and understand how to create the right shots for effective editing to take place. By practicing on different software editing platforms, students learn how to edit a film for different desired effects.
Students learn how to handle the film camera, acquiring the technical skills to use the camera as an instrument of storytelling. Students also acquire the basic principles of lighting a scene for the camera, creating scene breakdowns and deploying cinematique techniques that support and develop the story.
In this class, students will build on previous lessons and learn how to operate effectively as either a lone camera operator on a 2 person reporting crew or as a member of larger news team. Students are assigned a class project to shoot a script to a client brief, edit it and deliver it ready for broadcasting.
Students will develop specific skills in scripting, enabling them to develop a script in any genre, including: substance, inciting incident, scene design, crisis, and resolution. Students will learn best practices for developing great stories, and submit a short script into a competition to select the final class project of the semester.
By developing an understanding of the challenges of making digital content, students learn the skills necessary to create successful productions. Students will learn how to develop and shoot simple special effects, use green screen shooting, make 2D and 3D animations, and work with graphics software.
Students will develop into skilled, creative, specialised narrative editors who are capable of making independent decisions towards the creative enhancement of a film. Students will demonstrate ability to edit effectively on different editing software platforms, conduct both offline and online editing and work with a director to implement the creative vision.
In this course, students study advanced concepts of cinematic direction that determine the look and feel of the film. Students also study the science and psychology of color and the impact it has on storytelling. Through hands-on experience, they learn advanced lighting techniques necessary to create the visual look intended for the film and to influence the mood of the story.
Through a study of the achievements of film designers of the last century, students acquire an appreciation of the value of a production designer’s skills and understand the impact it has on a film. Students demonstrate the ability to sketch and produce pre-visualisations for a film’s design, including sets and costumes as well as the ability to design for optimal costs using green screening and special effects versus set building.
Using a project based approach, students will produce a complete film, turning an idea into a visual artistic work. Students demonstrate the ability to supervise pre-production, production and post-production activities; create and maintain budgets; and handle marketing and distribution after completion of the film.