This short course gives students an industry relevant introduction to filmmaking. Novice filmmakers looking to hone their skills and take their film and production craftwork to the next level are encouraged to apply.
Students explore all aspects of filmmaking and professional development including camera operations, editing, producing, sound, scriptwriting and directing. All 6 units cover both film and TV production.
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1 term / 6 units
Students look at the history of television, with a focus on major industry developments. This also encompasses the proper industry terminologies for people and items on a production set, different file formats, and current industry standards.
This unit prepares students for the challenges of life as a television producer. Through lectures, practical assignments, presentations, visits to television production studios and the outside broadcasting van, students learn how to take control of a TV programme production.
Students develop the ability to direct material for television broadcasting including both pre-production and post-production activities. This course teaches 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 a shoot day work smoothly.
This unit 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 unit, students begin to understand the role and importance of the production designer in filmmaking. They learn about the art department hierarchy and how it functions, breaking down a script, designing and building models and sets in studio and on location within budget and with creative flair, as well as scouting for locations. As future Production Designers and Art Directors, they will begin to develop a portfolio of creative work that will expose them to opportunities of working in different film locations around the country.
Using a project-based approach, students create, direct, and generate content for a news broadcast, using both current and archived content. Students demonstrate their competence in providing technical support to journalists during a 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 public.
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 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.
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 scriptwriting 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, and how to identify and fix problems. Students also learn how to record indoors and outdoors, how to create sound effects, and how to mix tracks for a production. Students demonstrate attainment of these skills by recording audio and video of scenes from scripts they have written.
Students develop specific skills in scripting, enabling them to develop a script in any genre, including: substance, inciting incident, scene design, crisis, and resolution. Students learn best practices for developing great stories, and submit a short script into a competition to select the final class project of the term.
Students learn how to use the “art of sound” to conceptualize and prepare a blueprint for sound from the script, how to acquire, edit and mix the sound, applying the power of sound to turn any a film into an aural experience. 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 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.
By developing an understanding of the challenges of making digital content, students learn the necessary skills to create successful productions. Students learn how to develop and shoot simple special effects, use green screen shooting, make 2D and 3D animations, and work with graphics software.
Students study and demonstrate an understanding of how to produce a single camera film production. Through practical exercises, students 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 style into reality.
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 cinematic techniques that support and develop the story.
In this class, students build on previous lessons and learn how to operate effectively as either a lone camera operator in a two-person reporting crew or as a member of a 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 develop into skilled, creative, specialised narrative editors capable of making independent decisions towards the creative enhancement of a film. Students demonstrate the ability to edit effectively on different 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 the 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 production designers over 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 should demonstrate the ability to sketch and produce pre-visualisations for a film’s design, which includes costume design as well as a grasp of 3D visualization. They should also develop the ability to design and build sets at optimal costs using locally available materials, not to mention incorporating green screen and CGI.
Using a project-based approach, students 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.