The core of the Four-Week Program, Director’s Craft, introduces students to the fundamentals of directing short films. 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.
Upon successful completion of this portion of the course, students will be able to create a floor plan, shot list, and shooting schedule. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the components of designing a shot and creating and directing the dramatic beats in a script.
Director’s Craft is broken down into subclasses: Directors Craft, Screen & Critique, Directing Actors, Preproduction Meetings, Producing for Directors, and Production Design.
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.
This area of study presents students with multiple aesthetic approaches to editing moving images. Students will learn how to apply concepts such as temporal continuity and spatial and emotional continuity. Not purely technical, this course will also discuss the psychological and emotional effects of editing on the overall story.
Additionally, students will learn to operate DaVinci Resolve editing software that they will use to edit their own exercises.
Open Edit is a time set aside for the students to edit their own footage under the virtual guidance of their Editing instructor.
Editing is broken down into 3 subclasses: Theory of Editing, Working with DaVinci Resolve, Sound Design in DaVinci, and Intro to Color Correction.
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.
Also included in the course is writing a treatment and logline, developing plot lines, screenplay format, and creating believable characters with complete narrative arcs.
This film course introduces the student to the world of sound design, detailing the process of sound design by providing concepts, technical information, and examples of how sound is used in cinema.