Digital Filmmaking

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[1] Graduate Courses in Digital Filmmaking (FILM)

5310 PRE-VISUALIZATION AND DIGITAL WORKFLOW  Graduate level course required for MFA students in digital filmmaking.  This course covers the fundamentals of working in a primarily digital environment applied to filmmaking.  Students will learn contemporary practices and technologies used in the pre-production process of filmmaking as well as focusing on the "digital pipeline" from story development to production, to post production, to multi-venue delivery methods.  Lecture/Production.  Fall.

5392 TOPICS IN DIGITAL PRODUCTION Special topics in advanced issues of digital production, including but not limited to pre-production, digital cinematography, directing, and editing. May be repeated for credit. On demand.

6316 PSYCHOANALYTIC/MARXIST THEORIES OF CINEMA Graduate-level course required for the MFA program in digital filmmaking. A historical account of theoretical writings about cinema deriving from a psychoanalytic/Marxist base, including apparatus theories, feminist theories, post-structuralism, identity politics, and postmodernist theories of cinema. Lecture. Fall odd years.

6317 COGNITIVE/ECOLOGICAL THEORIES OF CINEMA Graduate-level course required for the MFA program in digital filmmaking. This course sets as its task the laying of a foundation for a theory of moving images which goes beyond traditional film theory and encompasses images that are currently being produced in the convergence of film, video, and computer technologies, taking into account the development of human capacities for perceiving mediated images and sounds. Spring even years.

6320 PRODUCTION SEMINAR: AUDIO Graduate-level course required for the MFA program in digital filmmaking. This course is designed to develop skills in audio production for film and video. Production. Spring odd years.

6321 PRODUCTION SEMINAR: CINEMATOGRAPHY Graduate-level course required for the MFA program in digital filmmaking. An exploration of cinematography concentrating on composition and lighting. The student will get hands-on experience with camera and lighting equipment used to light and shoot a scene. Production. Fall odd years.

6322 PRODUCTION SEMINAR: EDITING Graduate-level course required for the MFA program in digital filmmaking. An advanced course on editing. Basic editing knowledge is required. The class will focus on use of current digital non-linear editing systems. Technical issues concerning non-linear editing will be covered. In addition, the general mechanics of editing as well as the history and aesthetics of editing will be discussed. Production. Fall even years.

6323 PRODUCTION SEMINAR: DIGITAL VISUAL EFFECTS Graduate-level course required for the MFA in digital filmmaking. This is a course in the theory and practice of contemporary digital visual effects using a production-centric approach. The focus is on-set production practices, post-production techniques, and use of digital technology. Production.  Fall.

6324 PRODUCTION SEMINAR: PRODUCING THE MOTION PICTURE Graduate-level course required for the MFA program in digital filmmaking. The course covers the role of the independent producer through the life cycle of a project, from development, financing, and pre-production, through production, marketing, distribution, and exhibition. Students will develop their own business plans/prospectuses for original film projects of their own choosing. Spring odd years.

6325 PRODUCTION SEMINAR: DIRECTING ACTORS Graduate-level course required for the MFA program in digital filmmaking.  Students will learn script analysis, casting, rehearsal technique, communicating and working with actors.  Spring.

6340 HISTORY OF AMERICAN CINEMA Graduate-level course required for the MFA program in digital filmmaking. History of cinema in the United States from its beginnings around 1895 until present day. Relevant events are considered in chronological order with screenings of representative films from each decade. Topics discussed include changes in the national studio systems and the role of independent producers, as well as trends, movements, and influences. Cinema as a commercial enterprise as well as an artistic enterprise will be considered. The class will also address historiography—the way that historical information is gathered and organized. Fall even years.

6341 HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL CINEMA Graduate-level course required for the MFA program in digital filmmaking. History of international cinema from its beginnings around 1895 until the present day. Relevant events are considered in chronological order with screenings of representative films from each decade. Topics discussed include establishment and evolution of influential national cinemas as well as trends, movements, and influences. The class will also address historiography—the way that historical information is gathered and organized. Spring odd years.

6360 SCREENWRITING Graduate-level course required for the MFA program in digital filmmaking. Students will write a feature-length screenplay, reinforcing skills in scene structure, act structure, character, conflict, and other aspects of writing for the screen. Creative writing theory will also be discussed.  Spring.

6362 WRITING AND DIRECTING THE SHORT FILM Graduate-level course required for the MFA program in digital filmmaking. Addresses the unique structural and character demands of writing the short script (less than 60 pages) as well as shot composition and staging through the creation of shot lists and storyboards. Fall.

6390 DIRECTED STUDY IN DIGITAL FILMMAKING Graduate-level course. Involves in-depth study of a topic or topics to be determined by individual student need. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. On demand.

7180, 7280 THESIS PROJECT An advanced culminating course in the MFA program in digital filmmaking. Each student will be responsible for producing, directing, and editing a complex sync-sound film (or video) production to completion. Because there are no scheduled class meetings students will work independently while periodically seeking the assistance and approval of his or her thesis committee. The committee must approve the script, breakdown, and budget. The committee must approve the picture cut and sound cut as the student progresses through the project. Failure to seek the approval of the committee may result in a no-pass mark.  Enrollment contingent upon the successful completion of the comprehensive exam, successful completion of 36 credits of course work toward the MFA, and the approval of the student's thesis committee.  May be repeated for credit.  Fall, Spring, Summer.

7380, 7680, 7980 THESIS PROJECT An advanced culminating course in the MFA program in digital filmmaking.  Each student will be responsible for producing, directing, and editing a complex sync-sound film (or video) production to completion.  The student will work independently while periodically seeking the assistance and approval of his or her thesis committee. The committee must approve the script, breakdown, and budget.  As the student progresses through the project, the committee must approve the picture cut and sound cut. Failure to seek the approval of the committee may result in a no-pass mark. Enrollment is contingent upon the successful completion of 42 credit hours of course work and the approval of the student’s thesis committee. May be repeated for credit. Fall, spring.