Film 2: Advanced Preproduction and Development NFLM3670
B 15 sessions. Wed.,6:00 p.m.-7:50 p.m., beg. SEP. 7. Leslie McCleave
Student filmmakers learn how to lay the groundwork for an advanced narrative, documentary, or experimental film or digital motion picture project. A variety of approaches to visual storytelling are examined from the concept to dramatic structures, character development, tone, and style. Each student develops a script for a seven- to ten-minute project based in or around New York City. In the second half of the course, students engage in a series of exercises that help them find the right artistic and practical approaches to their scripts while they continue refining their stories. They learn to develop a visual approach to written material. The important ways in which short films differ from full-length features are considered, and the workshop ends with shot breakdowns, planning, storyboarding, and location scouting. Prerequisite: Filmmaking Studio 1 or equivalent experience. This course must be taken before Film 3: Advanced Film Production. Class meets in Studio N400, 66 Fifth Avenue.
A 15 sessions. Wed., 6:00 p.m.-8:40 p.m., beg. Aug. 31. Leslie McCleave
Students learn the essentials of shooting a five- to seven-minute documentary. They learn how to develop an idea, research the topic, interview subjects, and create a visual strategy and master basic skills of location scouting, lighting, and shooting. They also explore the use of still photographs, artwork, and stock footage. Students may work individually or in groups and by the end of the term should have a working rough cut or fine cut edited with Final Cut Pro. Students have access to New School digital video cameras but must have a firewire drive. (3 credits) CRN: 3483
NFLM 3632 | Filmmaking Lab | Tue 11:40-2:40pm | 66 Fifth Ave, N400 | Jeremy Brooke
A 15 sessions. Tues., 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m., beg. beg. Aug. 30.
To realize an artistic vision in film, the filmmaker needs a thorough understanding of the technology, process, and tools of filmmaking. In this hands-on course, students explore advanced concepts and techniques in film and digital media production through in-class assignments and exercises evolving into increasingly complex collaborative projects. The class covers a range of topics, including operation of advanced 16mm film and HD digital cameras, film stocks and video formats, the structure of a film crew and the responsibilities of its members, lenses and lighting equipment, shooting exteriors and interiors, gripping, production design, field sound recording, preproduction planning and breakdowns, film and HD workflows, and the collaborative process. Working as a team, students set up and shoot several scenes in class and two scenes on location using sync-sound film and HD cameras and rotating crew positions. The class screens and reviews the scenes afterward. Students hone their skills and work collaboratively to master various aspects of film production, gaining the technical knowledge necessary to successfully execute advanced film and video projects. (3 credits) CRN: 6722
NFLM 3515 | Cinematography and Lighting | R 11:45-3:00pm | 66 Fifth Ave, N400 | John Budde
Cinematography and Lighting NFLM3515
A 15 sessions. Thurs., 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m., beg. Sept. 1. John Budde
In this workshop, students explore theoretical and practical elements of cinematography, with an emphasis on lighting. While learning techniques of studio and location lighting, students also study historical and contemporary trends and styles. Theoretical topics include exposure, color theory, and filters. Professional techniques to alter the look of a film are demonstrated and discussed. Practical tests and scenes are shot using color and black &
white film stocks and digital video. Students explore similarities and differences between film and digital formats, particularly in framing, contrast, and exposure. Recommended for students planning to take Film 3: Advanced Film Production. (3 credits) CRN: 1684
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