Film and TV Production Courses

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, 12:40pm - 3:30pm

  • Course Description

    Meetings: Wednesdays, 12:40pm - 3:30pm

  • 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: Multiple times, See PROWL for times

     

  • 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 investigates the relationship between the contemporary music video, non-narrative visual representation, and current social issues. With both theoretical and production components, students develop and produce a music video that addresses the needs of an outside client/artist.

    Students will explore the historical foundations of music video imagery and its relevance to the technology-laden landscape of today. Against a backdrop of social media and image-crafting,students examine the function and impact of the contemporary music video. How are gender, race, and identity represented? Whatrole do politics play? How does the voice of the artist intersect with the vision of the director? These questions and many more will be posed throughout the quarter.

    The class will cover all stages of production, from development of a unique and highly visual concept through the planning, production and post-production phases.

    PROD Jrs/Srs Only

    Meetings: Wednesdays, 12:40pm - 3:30pm

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

     

    Meetings, TBD

  • 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, 4:00pm - 6:50pm

  • 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, 7:20pm - 10:00pm OR 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  • 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: Wednesdays, 12:14pm - 3:30pm OR Wednesdays, 4:00pm - 6:50pm

     

  • 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:Wednesdays, 7:20pm - 10:10pm

     

  • Seminar/workshop course in Post Production-Finishing Short Film

     

    School of Film and Television students only.

     

    Seniors & Juniors only.

     

    Meetings: Tuesdays, 7:20pm - 10:20pm

     

  • Through lectures, practical assignments, and their in-class critique, students will learn how to clearly and effectively communicate content through still and moving images. The class is designed to teach students how to dissect the design principles that are at work in all photographic images. Students will learn how to apply those principles by creating their ownstill imagesand afilm. Particularattention will be paid to exposing students to the development of visual treatments (pre-visualization concepts). Upon completion of the course, Student will be able to make educated choices concerning how to manipulate and control the elements and components that are part of the visual medium of their choice.

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

  • 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.

    Meetings, TBD

  • 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.

    Meetings, Tuesdays, 12:40pm - 3:30pm

  • Introduction to the aesthetic and practical problems of communicating visually through motion pictures. Involves group projects.

    Corequisites: PROD 565, PROD 566; SCWR 501. Consent of Chair Required

    Meetings: Tuesdays, 12:40pm - 3:30pm (multiple sections) OR Mondays, 12:40pm - 3:30pm

     

  • 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

     

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

    Majors only. Corequisites: PROD 500, PROD 565; SCWR 501. Consent of Chair Required

    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, 7:20pm - 10:20pm

     

  • This course investigates the relationship between the contemporary music video, non-narrative visual representation, and current social issues. With both theoretical and production components, students develop and produce a music video that addresses the needs of an outside client/artist.

    Students will explore the historical foundations of music video imagery and its relevance to the technology-laden landscape of today. Against a backdrop of social media and image-crafting,students examine the function and impact of the contemporary music video. How are gender, race, and identity represented? Whatrole do politics play? How does the voice of the artist intersect with the vision of the director? These questions and many more will be posed throughout the quarter.

    The class will cover all stages of production, from development of a unique and highly visual concept through the planning, production and post-production phases.

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

  • Further practical experience in fiction and non-fiction production and post-production, including the producing, directing, and editing of a film or documentary project.

    Prerequisites: PROD 530 or SCWR 530PROD 550

    Meetings: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00am - 11:50pm OR Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:40pm - 3:30pm OR Mondays and Wednesdays, 4pm - 6:50pm

  • 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, 4:10pm - 7:00pm

  • 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, 7:20pm - 10:00pm and Thursdays 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  • 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: TBD

  • 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: Mondays, 12:40pm - 3:30pm OR Mondays, 1:00pm - 3:50pm OR 4:00pm - 6:50pm

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

    Prerequisite: PROD 550

    Meetings: Wednesdays, 7:20pm - 10:10pm

  • 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: TBD

  • Through lectures, practical assignments, and their in-class critique, students will learn how to clearly and effectively communicate content through still and moving images. The class is designed to teach students how to dissect the design principles that are at work in all photographic images. Students will learn how to apply those principles by creating their ownstill imagesand afilm. Particularattention will be paid to exposing students to the development of visual treatments (pre-visualization concepts). Upon completion of the course, Student will be able to make educated choices concerning how to manipulate and control the elements and components that are part of the visual medium of their choice.

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