2-Week Filmmaking Module I
The core of this Filmmaking Program, Director’s Craft, introduces students to the fundamentals of directing a film. As directors, students will focus on the essentials of visual storytelling. They will learn concepts to help achieve maximum psychological impact by studying the director’s decisions in camera placement, blocking, staging, and visual image design.
This course is designed to introduce students to the art of cinematography, thus enabling the film director to make informed creative choices when it comes to the visual style of their work. In addition to introducing the students to the principles of photography, it will also cover fundamental lighting techniques.
This area of study presents students with multiple aesthetic approaches to editing moving images. Beyond being a purely technical course, instruction will also cover the psychological and emotional effects of editing on the overall story.
Students will learn to operate DaVinci Resolve editing software that they will use to edit their own exercises.
The Screenwriting portion of the course adheres to the philosophy that good directing cannot occur without a well-written script. The course is designed to lay the foundational understanding of dramatic structure, which is essential to writing an engaging script.
2-Week Filmmaking Module II
Upon successful completion of this portion of the course, students will be able to create a floor plan, shot list, and shooting schedule. They will also be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the components of designing a shot and creating and directing the dramatic beats in a script.
Additionally, this course will include a session on sound design, emphasizing the importance of sound in cinema.
This course is designed to introduce students to the art of cinematography, enabling film directors to make informed choices. In addition to introducing the students to the principles of photography as applied to the moving image, it will also cover fundamental lighting techniques. Students learn how to support the story with appropriate lighting choices. This includes the use of practical lighting sources such as lamps, flashlights, and china balls in a safe and creative manner.
Building on what was taught during the first two weeks, this course focuses on cutting for continuity, learning how each shot informs the next and builds momentum throughout each scene.
Also covered in this course is titling, simple color correction, and sound mixing.
This class is designed to help students develop concepts and then, ultimately, scripts for their projects. It focuses on the fundamentals of visual storytelling and provides students with constructive analysis and support as they take a story from an initial idea, treatment, and step outline to a rough draft and, finally, a shooting script.
Also included in the course is writing a treatment and logline, developing plot lines, screenplay format, and creating believable characters with complete narrative arcs.