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
Screenwriting 1: Fundamentals NSRW3810
15 sessions. Thurs., 6:00 p.m.-7:50 p.m.,
This course for the beginning screenwriter introduces the tools, vocabulary, and techniques used to tell a screen story and put an original idea into outline form. Assignments illustrate basic three-act structure, economical use of dialogue, visual storytelling elements, development of complex characters, revelation of background information, and effective use of dramatic tension. Students become familiar with screenwriting terminology as scenes from well-known films are analyzed on video to reveal structural elements in the writing. By the end of the course, each student will have developed an original idea into a detailed step outline for a feature-length screenplay and written the opening scene. We strongly recommend that students take Script Analysis before registering for Screenwriting 1. (3 credits)
Editing with Final Cut Pro NFLM4627
A 15 sessions. Thurs., 6:00 p.m.-8:40 p.m., beg. Sept. 1.
In this independent DV era, the use of digital video setups at home gives filmmakers an economical and time-efficient way to edit their films. Creating transitions, filters, titles, layered audio, and multiple versions has never been simpler. This course offers a technical introduction to postproduction using Final Cut Pro on Macintosh computers. Using their own existing film or video footage, students learn techniques for organizing footage, capturing and editing picture and sound, and outputting to a DV tape. Note: This course is not intended for students completing a 16mm film project. Students must bring digital video footage ready to edit and a firewire drive to the first session. (3 credits) CRN: 6710
Filmmaking Studio 1 NFLM3660
A 15 sessions. Wed., 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., beg. Aug. 31.
This course is an opportunity for the serious beginner to learn the fundamentals of filmmaking. Students engage in a series of exercises in basic cinematography, lighting, scriptwriting, directing, and editing. Discussions emphasize the theoretical and practical framework of film language, and student work is critiqued by both the instructor and classmates. Students are expected to crew on one another’s projects to develop production skills and gain on-set experience. A substantial commitment of time outside of class is required. Cameras and state-of-the-art digital editing equipment (Final Cut Pro) are provided, but students will incur additional modest costs for film stock, developing, and supplies. By the end of the course, students will have experienced all aspects of MOS (nonsync) filmmaking, from preproduction to production and postproduction, and will be ready for more ambitious personal film projects at the next level of production courses. To see sample expense budgets, visit http://www.newschool.edu/mediastudies/film. (3 credits) Section A CRN: 3720, Section B CRN: 3722