Spring 2021 Offerings

  • In this introductory class, students will learn the basic principles and application of digital film production. The focus of the course will be on visual storytelling through cinematic language consisting of a series of lectures and workshops on the foundations of visual storytelling with supplementary technical labs. Three films are required.

    PROD Mjrs Only

    Meetings: See PROWL for days and times

  • Training in the technical aspects of beginning film production: camera, sound, and lighting.

    Corequisite: PROD 200.

    Meetings: TBA

  • This course surveys the theory and practice of writing for the documentary and other forms of non-fiction media in television and film.

    PROD Majors Only Prerequisites: PROD 200 and SCWR 120.

    Meetings: Wednesdays, 4:10pm - 7:00pm OR Thursdays, 1:00pm - 3:50pm

  • An introduction to 16 mm motion picture cameras, film stocks, lighting, and grip equipment. Location and studio procedures for both sync and non-sync situations.

     

    Majors only.  Prerequisite: PROD 200.

    Meetings: Tuesdays, 8:00am - 11:50pm OR Tuesdays, 1:00pm - 3:50pm OR Thursdays, 8:00am - 11:50am, OR Wednesdays, 4:00pm - 7:00pm

     

  • Post-production theory and practice as applied to film.

    Majors only. Prerequisite: PROD 200.

    Meetings: See PROWL for Times

     

  • Survey of pre-production preparation for directors, including script analysis, casting, visualization, and working with actors.

     

    Majors only. Prerequisite: PROD 200.

    Meetings: See PROWL for Days and Times

     

  • This course requires students to serve as production designer on an intermediate or advanced SFTV student film produced during the same semester, with the course’s instructor guiding the production designer and director of the project to establish an effective and unique look and vision for the film.

    Prerequisite: PROD 390 or PROD 392.

    Mondays, 4:20pm - 7:00pm

  • Practicum in the production of films from initial concept through post-production. Lectures on professional production procedures are linked to personal experience on an actual film project. Project maximum length, 8 minutes.

    Lab fee. / Insurance fee.

    Majors only.

    A grade of B- or higher is required.

    Prerequisites: PROD 200, PROD 250, PROD 341, and PROD 379; RECA 250; SCWR 327.

    Corequisites: PROD 366 and RECA 367.

    See PROWL for Days and Times

  • Planning, producing, and editing a documentary or experimental video production on actual locations.

    Lab fee. / Insurance fee.

    Majors only.

    A grade of B- or higher is required.

    Prerequisites: PROD 200, PROD 250, PROD 326, PROD 341, and PROD 379; RECA 250.

    Corequisites: PROD 366 and RECA 367.

     

    Wednesdays, 1:00pm - 3:50pm

  • PROD Jrs/Srs Only

    Meetings: Tuesdays, 1:00pm - 3:50pm

  • An intermediate screenwriting course, designed for students who have taken Part 1, and have a solid beat sheet and the first 20 pages of their story, to complete their script and write/polish multiple drafts. In a workshop setting, students will write pages and receive in depth feedback. Through the course of the class, students will also learn the ins and outs of low budget feature filmmaking, and how they could potentially get their projects off the ground by hearing from speakers. Students will also continue to watch/analyze independent films, this semester with a wider range of budget levels.

    Meetings: Mondays, 9am - 11:50pm

  • Meetings: Thursdays, 7:15pm - 10:00pm

  • Streaming and Digital Web Series and Content can be the gateway to TV and film as evidenced by well-known web series that ultimately were transformed into TV series, such as BROAD CITY and AWKWARD BLACK GIRL.  Indie web series and content have skyrocketed.  We will explore how digital content can be a gateway into traditional television and film and how it has allowed a new frontier for storytelling through new media. These shows and content can also prove to be a bridge for you into the professional world by selling your series or using them as a calling card.
    This course will teach you how to develop, sell and monetize digital content. The class will explore the changing world of television through the development of digital distribution, branded entertainment, and web series. We will also familiarize you with the many digital buyers as well as other branded content opportunities. You will develop your own idea which we will then develop into a pitch. We will then decide what sales tools you will need to create in order to sell. You will decide to work on your own Rip real or a proof of concept script.   You can Shoot your 3-5 page proof of concept/first episode or assemble your Rip Reel. The semester will culminate in showing and pitching your web series or alternate digital content to branded and digital buyers.

    Mondays, 6:30pm - 9:20pm

  • This course is designed to enhance students’ understanding of the feature film and TV development process while exploring critical concepts and common business practices. Students will learn how to best analyze and create concepts for film and TV and the overall “language of film and TV” when discussing and creating concepts viable for script development. They will discover the creative process from how to transfer their passion into a concept. And for TV, how to create an engine that can drive 100 ideas for the longevity of the show, and how to identify potential homes for the show. Producers and writers will work together to emulate the American entertainment business. As a non-writing producer in TV, a producer must become the right-hand of the writer and assist them in all facets of development, selling and production. Students will work in two person teams through the semester. The writers and non-writing producers will work in their own respective roles in pitching and writing then switch roles. The goal is the development of both an original comedy and drama TV show, and an original film concept, which they will pitch for review and feedback by the class, instructor, and industry guests

    Wednesdays, 6:30pm - 9:20pm

  • A producer is the VISIONARY of the project. In this course, students will learn the Art of Creative Producing through lectures, guest speakers, and the development of one of their own individual projects from the idea to the pitch. Students will learn about the sales tools - show bibles and tone reels; the business of show business - contracts, deal memos, optioning material, working with agents, managers and executives, financing, festival strategy, co-production international models, and new media. By the end of this course, students will have a fully developed pitch and the sales tools needed to sell their project and any future project in the professional world.

    Prerequisite: PROD 390 or PROD 392.

    Tuesdays, 7:15pm - 10:30pm

  • Further studies in the techniques of camera and lighting for film and video.

    Majors only.

    Seniors only.

    Prerequisites: PROD 390 or PROD 392; RECA 367.

    Wednesdays, 1:00pm - 3:50pm

  • The course is an intensive investigation in one or more areas of production based upon a mentorship, interviews, practical experience in production, and a final research paper and presentation. It is an alternative form for the student to gain in-depth knowledge of the professional practices within the entertainment industry. Students must provide a professional copy of all senior thesis-level projects to the School of Film and Television in partial fulfillment of degree requirements. (Fulfills thesis requirement in lieu of PROD 400 or PROD 450.)

     

    Seniors only. Majors only. Prerequisites: PROD 300 or PROD 350 and RECA 367.

    Meetings: Mondays, 4:10pm - 7:00pm OR Tuesdays, 1:00pm - 3:50pm

     

  • This course addresses the process of communication through typographic animation and visual effects. Emphasis is placed on creating emotional expression and identity through composites of video, text, and special effects.

    Majors only.

    Seniors only.

    Prerequisites: PROD 390 or PROD 392; RECA 367.

    Tuesdays, 4:10pm - 7:00pm

  • This course will balance the technical and the aesthetic, focusing on advanced editing techniques and conceptual approaches to structure and method. Lectures, discussions, screening film clips, class and group critiques, and projects will take place throughout the semester.

     

    Majors only. Seniors only.  Prerequisites: PROD 300 or PROD 350; RECA 367.

    Meetings:Mondays, 7:10pm - 10:00pm

     

  • Seminar/workshop course in special advanced techniques in production and post-production topics.

     

    School of Film and Television students only.

     

    Seniors & Juniors only.

     

    Prerequisites: PROD 390 or PROD 392; RECA 367.

     

    Meetings: Thursdays, 1:00pm - 3:50pm

     

  •  Seminar/workshop course in special advanced techniques in production and post-production topics.

     

    School of Film and Television students only.

    Seniors & Juniors only.

    Prerequisites: PROD 390 or PROD 392; RECA 367.

     

    Meetings: Tuesdays, 7:10pm - 10:00pm

  • Seminar/workshop course in special advanced techniques in production and post-production topics.

    School of Film and Television students only.

    Seniors only.

    May be repeated for degree credit up to four times.

    Prerequisites: PROD 390 or PROD 392; RECA 367.

    Meetings: Thursdays, 7:10am - 10:00pm

  • Seminar/workshop course in special advanced techniques in production and post-production topics.

     

    School of Film and Television students only.

    Seniors only.

    Prerequisites: PROD 390 or PROD 392; RECA 367.

     

    Meetings: Following Saturdays:

    Sat, January 16
    Sat, January 23
    Sat, March 13
    Sat, April 10
    Sat, April 24

     

  • This course provides a supportive and open workshop environment in which advanced level Film and TV students explore two of the film’s director’s most essential tasks–script analysis and directing actors.

    Majors only.

    Seniors only.

    Prerequisites: PROD 390 or PROD 392; RECA 367.

    Tuesdays, 7:10pm - 10:00pm

  • Preparation of the shooting script, casting, scheduling, budgeting, art design, pre-visualization, and other preparation prior to principal photography.

    Practical experience in motion picture production on a paraprofessional level including writing, directing, and editing a film. Sync sound project, maximum length: 15 minutes.

    Note: Insurance required for off-campus use of equipment. The student must provide a professional copy of all senior thesis-level projects to the School of Film and Television in partial fulfillment of degree requirements.

    Majors only.

    Seniors only.

    Prerequisites: PROD 390 or PROD 392; RECA 367.

     

    See PROWL for Times


  • Writing the thesis (documentary) project and preparing the script for production.

    Practical experience in motion picture production on a paraprofessional level including writing, directing, and editing a documentary or experimental piece. Project maximum length 15 minutes.

    Note: Insurance required for off-campus use of equipment. The student must provide a professional copy of all senior thesis-level projects to the School of Film and Television in partial fulfillment of degree requirements.

    Majors only.

    Seniors only.

    Offered Spring semester only.

    Prerequisites: PROD 390 or PROD 392, PROD 379; RECA 367.

     

    Wednesdays, 1:00pm - 3:50pm

  • Research and development of a documentary idea to be produced in the advanced documentary course.

    Prerequisites: PROD 500PROD 541, PROD 566, SCWR 501, all with a minimum grade of B

    Meetings: Thursdays, 9:00am - 11:50am

     

  • An introduction to 16mm motion picture cameras, digital cameras, film stocks, lighting, and grip equipment. Location and studio procedures for both sync and non-sync situations.

    Majors only.

    A grade of B- or higher is required.

    Corequisites: PROD 500, PROD 566; SCWR 501.

     

    Meetings: See PROWL for days and times

     

  • Practicum in production of fictional student projects from initial concept through post-production. Advanced production and post-production theory and practice as applied to film and television. Involves individual and/or group projects.

    A grade of B- or higher is required.

    Prerequisites: PROD 500PROD 541, PROD 566, SCWR 501, all with a minimum grade of B-.

    Corequisites: PROD 530 or SCWR 530, PROD 570, and RECA 500.

    Meetings: See PROWL for days and times

     

  • This course presents an introduction to color theory and the craft of color correction. We will be going over techniques to create a better understanding of how we interact with color, how we can affect color, and developing abilities as a colorist.

    Prerequisite: PROD 566.

    Meetings: Tuesdays, 7:10pm - 10:00pm

     

  • This course requires students to serve as production designer on an intermediate or advanced SFTV student film produced during the same semester, with the course’s instructor guiding the production designer and director of the project to establish an effective and unique look and vision for the film.

    Prerequisite: PROD 500.

    Meetings: Mondays, 4:20pm - 7:00pm

     

  • Meetings: Tuesdays, 1:00pm - 3:50pm

  • An intermediate screenwriting course, designed for students who have taken Part 1, and have a solid beat sheet and the first 20 pages of their story, to complete their script and write/polish multiple drafts. In a workshop setting, students will write pages and receive in depth feedback. Through the course of the class, students will also learn the ins and outs of low budget feature filmmaking, and how they could potentially get their projects off the ground by hearing from speakers. Students will also continue to watch/analyze independent films, this semester with a wider range of budget levels.

    Meetings: Mondays, 9:00am - 11:50pm

  •  

    Streaming and Digital Web Series and Content can be the gateway to TV and film as evidenced by well-known web series that ultimately were transformed into TV series, such as BROAD CITY and AWKWARD BLACK GIRL.  Indie web series and content have skyrocketed.  We will explore how digital content can be a gateway into traditional television and film and how it has allowed a new frontier for storytelling through new media. These shows and content can also prove to be a bridge for you into the professional world by selling your series or using them as a calling card.
    This course will teach you how to develop, sell and monetize digital content. The class will explore the changing world of television through the development of digital distribution, branded entertainment, and web series. We will also familiarize you with the many digital buyers as well as other branded content opportunities. You will develop your own idea which we will then develop into a pitch. We will then decide what sales tools you will need to create in order to sell. You will decide to work on your own Rip real or a proof of concept script.   You can Shoot your 3-5 page proof of concept/first episode or assemble your Rip Reel. The semester will culminate in showing and pitching your web series or alternate digital content to branded and digital buyers.

    SFTV Grads Only

    Meetings: Mondays, 6:30pm - 9:20pm

  • This course is designed to enhance students’ understanding of the feature film and TV development process while exploring critical concepts and common business practices. Students will learn how to best analyze and create concepts for film and TV and the overall “language of film and TV” when discussing and creating concepts viable for script development. They will discover the creative process from how to transfer their passion into a concept. And for TV, how to create an engine that can drive 100 ideas for the longevity of the show, and how to identify potential homes for the show. Producers and writers will work together to emulate the American entertainment business. As a non-writing producer in TV, a producer must become the right-hand of the writer and assist them in all facets of development, selling and production. Students will work in two person teams through the semester. The writers and non-writing producers will work in their own respective roles in pitching and writing then switch roles. The goal is the development of both an original comedy and drama TV show, and an original film concept, which they will pitch for review and feedback by the class, instructor, and industry guests

    SFTV Grads Only

    Meetings: Wednesdays, 6:3pm - 9:20pm

  • A producer is the VISIONARY of the project. In this course, students will learn the Art of Creative Producing through lectures, guest speakers, and the development of one of their own individual projects from the idea to the pitch. Students will learn about the sales tools - show bibles and tone reels; the business of show business - contracts, deal memos, optioning material, working with agents, managers and executives, financing, festival strategy, co-production international models, and new media. By the end of this course, students will have a fully developed pitch and the sales tools needed to sell their project and any future project in the professional world.

    SFTV Grads Only

    Meetings: Tuesdays, 7:15pm - 10:30pm

  • Further studies in the techniques of camera and lighting for film and video.

    Graduate majors only.

    Prerequisites: PROD 541 and PROD 550, both with a minimum grade of B-

    Meetings: Wednesday, 1:00pm - 3:50pm

  • Pre-production and production of a major fiction or documentary project.

    Prerequisites: PROD 600 with a minimum grade of B-; PROD 626 or SCWR 620.

    Meetings: Tuesdays, 1:00pm - 3:50pm

  • This course addresses the process of communication through typographic animation and visual effects. Emphasis is placed on creating emotional expression and identity through composites of video, text, and special effects.

    Graduate majors only.

    Prerequisite: PROD 500 with a minimum grade of B-.

    Meetings: Tuesdays, 4:10pm - 7:00pm

  • Further studies in the theory, aesthetics, and techniques of editing for film and/or television.

    Prerequisite: PROD 550

    Meetings: Mondays, 7:10pm - 10:00pm


  • Editing and completion of the thesis project.

    Consent of Graduate Committee required.

    Prerequisite: PROD 650 with a minimum grade of B-.

    Meetings

    PROD 670-1: Thesis Project II: Feature Producing from the Writer/Director Perspective Thursday, 6:30pm - 9:20pm

    PROD 670-2: Thesis Project II: Post-Prod: Wednesday 4:10pm - 7:10pm

  • Directorial analysis of and practical experience in the special problems of directing actors for the camera. Can emphasize film, TV, or the different problems involved in each medium.

     Prerequisite: PROD 550

    Meetings: Tuesdays 7:10pm -10:00pm

  • Meeting: Thursdays, 1:00pm - 3:50pm

  • Meeting: Mondays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  • Seminar/workshop course in special advanced techniques in production and post-production topics

    Meetings: The Following Saturdays:

    Sat, January 16
    Sat, January 23
    Sat, March 13
    Sat, April 10
    Sat, April 24
  • Course Description

    Thursdays: 9:00am - 11:50am OR Thursdays 1:00pm - 3:50pm