INTRODUCTION TO SCREENWRITING
This course is an introduction to and overview of the elements of theme, plot, character, and dialogue in dramatic writing for cinema. Emphasis is placed on telling a story in terms of action and the reality of characters. The difference between the literary and visual medium is explored through individual writing projects and group analysis. Development of synopsis and treatment for a short theatrical screen play: theme, plot, character, mise-en-scene and utilization of cinematic elements. PREREQUISITE(S): None.
Students analyze and assemble dramatic scenes under a variety of conditions and narrative strategies. Editing theories, techniques and procedures, issues of continuity, effects, movement and sound are examined as they relate to the fundamentals of cinematic montage and visual storytelling. This course has an additional fee. PREREQUISITE(S): NONE.
DIGITAL CINEMA PRODUCTION I
This course is a beginning workshop in narrative film production. The course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of cinema, including camera and lens technology, composition, lighting, directing and sound recording. Utilizing digital technology, students will produce several films with an emphasis on visual storytelling and personal expression. This course has an additional fee. PREREQUISITE(S): DC 220
INTRODUCTION TO TELEVISION PRODUCTION
An introduction to the basic principles, procedures, and techniques of television production. The course heavily utilizes Digital Cinema's TV studio. Students are organized in teams and create various TV broadcasts. Students learn how to operate TV switchers, TV cameras, sound, and graphic equipment. The course covers the fundamentals of producing, scripting, directing, and editing for television. This course has an additional fee.
THE BUSINESS OF TELEVISION
Course provides historical background of the television business, beginning with the inital launch of the industry in the 1940s. Students examine the establishment of the regulatory system, including the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the operational structure of stations and networks, the development of cable and satellite broadcasting, and the programming policies and strategies of the present broadcasting industry. PREREQUISITE(S): DC 271
TELEVISION PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
Television program development is a creative and intense process that takes you from the germ of a story idea to a fully thought out series or program. In this class, you will work with your colleagues and the instructor to enhance your skills in storytelling and in pitching your "baby" to industry executives from cable to network to public and independent services. PREQUISITE(S): DC 201, DC 272
EDITING FOR TELEVISION
Class emphasizes editing and post production producing under tight deadlines. Students edit commercials, trailers, and PSA projects. PREREQUISITE(S): DC 220, DC 271
Students will write, produce, edit, screen and webcast a series of five-minute webisodes over the course of the quarter, focusing on short form storytelling for online distribution. Students will have to think creatively, collaborate and act quickly to complete the webisodes on deadline. The class will focus on short serial storytelling discussing composition, structure and editing for the various forms the work will take (narrative, documentary, sitcom, reality, etc...). Production groups will be assigned and create a series. Each student will write at least one script of that series that will be produced. All will take part in the production process. PREREQUISITE(S): DC 210
INTRODUCTION TO TELEVISION WRITING
The primary objective of this course is to learn how to write for television, for both network and cable, focusing on fiction and non-fiction TV programs including news, talk, documentaries, dramas and comedies. The course will assist students in improving their writing skills as well as help them understand the basic approaches and techniques in writing for television. Prerequisites: DC 201
WRITING THE SITCOM
This course focuses on the fundamentals of writing the half-hour situational comedy. Creating comedic characters, situations, and developing multiple storylines are covered. Students will create an original sitcom pilot. PREREQUISITE(S): DC 272
WRITING THE EPISODIC DRAMA
This course examines the storytelling techniques necessary to write an hour long television dramatic series with an emphasis on characterization and structure. Students will create an original hour long pilot. PREREQUISITE(S): DC 272
This course covers all phases of documentary filmmaking including interview techniques, storytelling with interviews and B roll, and documentary cinematography. For the final project each student will produce a completed documentary film. This course has an additional fee. PREREQUISITE(S): DC 210, DC 220
TOPICS IN TV PRODUCTION
This course is a hands-on experience in television production of news and public affairs programs. Students learn through theory and practice the role TV Producers and their teams play in creating various TV programs. This course has an additional fee.
INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL EFFECTS
Students will explore contemporary concepts and approaches to production in the current state of film and video effects work. Digital and traditional methodologies will be covered, with a concentration on digital exercises illustrating modern techniques. This course has an additional fee. PREREQUISITES: NONE