COM 215 - Intermediate Filmmaking
This concentrated, advanced-level course examines digital filmmaking as a cinematic form of visual storytelling for the 21st Century. Students will be introduced to the art of filmmaking using inexpensive Digital Video as the medium. Each student will write, shoot, and edit a high production value short film using the school’s digital cameras and editing equipment. The primary emphasis is telling a story visually by producing, directing, and supervising cinematography, lighting, grip, editing, and sound recording. Also, students will learn all of the basic positions and responsibilities on a professional independent film set. Prior experience in visual production or photography is helpful but not required.
Prerequisites: COM 205 Introduction to Filmmaking
2 Class Hours, 2 Laboratory Hours
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Understand the operation of several different high-definition video recording cameras, including standard camera peripherals.
2. Edit their work into a cohesive, narrative whole using a PC or Macintosh-based digital non-linear video editing system.
3. Recognize and identify different crew positions on a film set, their individual functions, as well as the assigned tasks of each.
4. Possess a working knowledge of advanced techniques in cinematic staging and lighting, including the use of portable lighting kits, studio lighting, and practical lighting.
5. Compile a series of individual or group projects in a time-based medium, either in standard-definition or high-definition digital video, into a demonstration reel for employment or further studies.
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