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Film & Video: Refining Skills

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Course Details

This course can only be taken as part of the Certificate in Film & Video Production.

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About this Course


Building on the fundamental skills practiced in the first course, the production challenges will increase as we add more complex audio and video techniques. Collaboration will be a key element of the process.

You’ll hone your writing, directing and/or editing skills in several team-based film projects. You’ll incorporate peer and instructor feedback as you refine your work and strive to achieve both best practices and a polished artistic vision. With special attention to audio, the class will also participate in a professional sound mix. Depending on what track you wish to pursue, you will write an original narrative script or research and write a documentary treatment for your capstone project. By the end of the quarter, you will have laid the groundwork for your spring quarter capstone project.

What You’ll Learn

  • Storyboarding and screenwriting
  • Best practices in camera use and lighting
  • The fundamentals of professional audio recording, sound editing and sound mixing
  • How to use dailies and rough cuts to help revise your work
  • How to produce a narrative film
  • How to conduct documentary interviews

Get Hands-On Experience

  • Write a script or documentary treatment
  •  Participate in the production of a dramatic film (including casting and finding locations)
  • Edit a narrative or documentary project as well as soundtracks
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