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Students on the program will take the following three courses:
ENG 49aj  Scriptwriting for the Short Film
FILM 110aj  Film Production I
FILM 110bj  Motion Picture Editing

The courses will be taught by Mark Dellelo and Marc Weinberg and will run concurrently for eight weeks throughout the summer. Students will earn 12 credits and the program counts towards one of the semesters that students need in order to graduate.

How the courses count:
  • All of these courses may meet the creative aspects of the film production requirement in the FTIM major/minor (within published restrictions, please see the University Bulletin for complete details)
  • Eng 49aj counts towards the English major/minor
  • Eng 49aj may count towards the directed writing course in the Creative Writing major (within published restrictions)
  • The Social Science distribution requirement will be met
  • The Creative Arts distribution requirement will be met
  • The Humanities distribution requirement will be met
Repeatability of Courses:
  • ENG 49aj may be repeated once towards the directed writing course in the Creative Writing minor (within published restrictions)
  • ENG 49aj may be repeated once for numeric credit
  • FILM 110aj  Film Production I may be repeated once for numeric credit
  • FILM 110bj Motion Picture Editing may be repeated once for numeric credit
1. ENG 49aj  Scriptwriting for the Short Film
Part 1: Story development.  Combining lecture, workshop, readings, and screenings, this module will examine structure, character, scene writing, and dialogue.  Students will collaborate on developing story ideas through pitch meetings, character profiles, and scenic outline.
Part 2: Screenwriting.  Students will master screenplay format by each writing a short original script based on the characters and scenes they developed in the previous module.  They will collaborate on the writing of dialogue, stage direction, and camera direction.  They will also provide written coverage of each other's work and respond to criticism through script revisions.  One 20-30 page script will be selected for production, and the students will work together as a team to refine this work and prepare a shooting script.
2. FILM 110aj  Film Production I
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Part 1: Production of a pre-existing short script.  Students will receive instruction on fundamental techniques of movie shooting including camera operation, image composition, lighting and cinematography, and sound recording.  They will put these techniques into practice by producing a pre-existing script, learning how to work as a production team, coordinate roles, execute the specs of a screenplay, stage action and direct actors.
Part 2: Pre-production of an original script.  Students will take the screenplay they completed in the previous module and break it down into storyboards, a shot list, and a production board.  They will create a shooting schedule and a budget, audition actors and cast roles, scout locations and plan the scenic design of their production.
Part 3: Production of an original script.  Students will organize themselves into a production team including a director and assistant directors, a director of photography with camera and lighting crew, set decorators, and a boom operator to follow their pre-production blueprints and shoot their original screenplay at arranged locations.
3. FILM 110bj  Motion Picture Editing
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Part 1: Fundamentals of motion picture editing.  Students will look closely at individual movie scenes that are models of craftsmanship, learning the visual anatomy of a variety of forms and styles (e.g. dialogue, action, suspense, and montage).  They must demonstrate their understanding of these formal conventions by completing a series of editing exercises that, furthermore, allow them to practice and refine their own technique.  This module will help lay the groundwork for both screenwriting and production by teaching students to think cinematically.
Part 2: Post-production of the first film.  Students will log & capture the footage shot in the previous module, edit it into sequences, trim their rough cut, and mix sound.  We will balance workshop sessions with formal presentations on advanced editing workflows and stylistic approaches.  All students will be encouraged to try their hands at various post-production tasks (sound effects editing, compositing, color grading, etc.)
Part 3: Post-production of the second film.  Armed by now with a sound understanding of the variety of roles associated with the post-production workflow, students will specialize in order to maximize efficiency in the finishing phase of their film--trimming, integrating graphics, adding titles, mixing sound, grading color, adding music, and outputting to a delivery format.