TWO SEQUENTIAL CLASSES, ONE UNIFIED APPROACH
How do you design and create a great film?
When you’re starting out as a filmmaker it’s difficult to figure out what’s important and what’s not.
You need useful and essential information curated to help you see films differently, understand the implications of your creative and technical decisions and make real progress.
Years of filmmaking and film teaching have taught me a great deal about what students can absorb and what they can’t. Explaining the complex range of technical and aesthetic issues in modern filmmaking has challenged me to develop approach that gets down to the real creative concerns in a fun way that doesn’t waste your time.
BASIC CINEMATOGRAPHY focuses on the bedrock approaches to VISUAL DESIGN (directing) CINEMATIC SHOOTING (a precise guide to technical and aesthetic core ideas of cinematography and lighting) and EDITING FUNDAMENTALS.
The course is designed as seven two hour sessions, once a week.
Here’s the schedule:
WEEK 1: (4/1) INTRODUCTION / COURSE OVERVIEW
WEEK 2: (4/8) VISUAL DESIGN PART 1
WEEK 3: (4/15) VISUAL DESIGN PART 2
WEEK 4: (4/22) CINEMATIC SHOOTING PART 1
WEEK 5: (4/29) CINEMATIC SHOOTING PART 2
WEEK 6: (5/6) EDITING FUNDAMENTALS PART 1
WEEK 7: (5/13) EDITING FUNDAMENTALS PART 2 / WRAP
Our 14 hours of class meetings will be supplemented with assigned screenings, readings*, and a social event designed to help you meet people who share your interests and might partner with you on projects.
*Readings assigned online. No textbooks are required.
The next optional step after BASIC CINEMATOGRAPHY is PRODUCTION WORKSHOP.
PRODUCTION WORKSHOP builds on the concepts from the first course and offers a structured, supervised way to make a finished short film within a group environment. Students are encouraged to bring a 7-8 page script to the first class for development within the class.
Seven weekly two-hour meetings are supplemented by a one-day hands-on workshop/lab covering basic camera setup, audio and location lighting. Lab equipment: Canon Cinema EOS C200, camera support, lighting and sound gear.)
Students may shoot and edit a short film (7 minutes or less) which will be screened for friends and family at the end of the class.
Here’s the schedule:
WEEK 1: (6/3) INTRODUCTION/ PROJECT OVERVIEWS
WEEK 2: (6/10) BASIC CAMERAS AND LENSES
WEEK 3: (617) CORE LIGHTING AND CINEMATOGRAPHY
SATURDAY SESSION: (6/22) CAMERA, LIGHTING AND SOUND LAB
WEEK 4: (6/24) NON-LINEAR EDITING CONCEPTS
SHOOT WINDOW: Tuesday, June 25-Sunday, July 7*
WEEK 5: (7/1) No class meeting during shoot window and Independence Day week.
WEEK 6: (7/8) EDITING REVIEW MEETINGS
WEEK 7: (7/15) EDITING REVIEW MEETINGS
WEEK 8: (7/22) CLASS SCREENING
*Students must have access to a digital camera (iPhone, DSLR, or Mirrorless, etc) and editorial software (iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, Corel VideoStudio, etc.)
The goal of these classes is to help prepare you to do more work, moving forward intelligently so that you can make real progress as a filmmaker.
Registration for both classes is now available here.
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