COURSE TITLE: COM 0412 02: Special Topics: INTRO TO FILMMAKING
SEMESTER: Fall 2006
INSTRUCTOR: Mark A. Hauck, M.S., cell 610.772.0972, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office hour: in Lawrence 208 or Science 111 (TBA).
MEETING TIMES: Every Wednesday, .
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ATTENDANCE POLICY: All students are required to attend class and be on time. Students must notify the instructor in advance of class if they are going to be absent or excessively late. Notification must be either by phone or email. Miss a class and 5 points will be deducted from your Class Participation/Attendance grade. Lateness is a 2 point deduction for each occurrence.
DESCRIPTION: This course will be a combination hands-on experience and lecture. Students will have the opportunity to produce 2 short films. Students will learn to operate digital camera and will learn to edit their camera footage using Apple’s iMovie program. Students will also complete reading assignments and write film analysis papers.
Basic concepts to be covered in this course:
Pre-production conceiving ideas and scriptwriting format
Production: camera operation, lighting, sound, and shot composition.
Post production: editing
During the coverage of the three main phases of production, the students will be producing two short films.
Please note that the film production and editing assignments may be subject to change, due the availability of the Science 111 lab.
Film #1 – “A Day in the Life” subject. Students will select a person to document, with a mix of interview footage and “action” footage of the subject going about their everyday activities. (This can be played straight or as a spoof) 4-6 min. total
Film #2 – Any topic or subject of the students choosing (per instructor’s approval). 8-10 min. total
Three film analysis papers will be required. Students will view films from a list provided by the instructor and complete a series of in-depth analysis questions pertaining to the film’s form, content, themes, etc.
1. Film project #1 50 pts
2. Film project #2 50 pts
3. Class Participation/Attendance 50 pts
4. Film Analysis papers 150 pts (50 pts each)
Please note that this schedule is subject to change, due to the availability of the Science 111 lab.
Week 1 8/23
Course intro and explanation of syllabus. Discussion of the process of producing a film.
Week 2 8/30
Scriptwriting. Intro to digital camera production & practice.
Week 3 9/6
Camcorder exercise. Note: Students must have miniDV tapes for this class.
Week 4 9/13
Week 5 9/20
Film #1 script due
Week 6 9/27
Film Analysis paper #1 due.
Week 7 10/4
Week 8 10/18
Film #2 script due.
Week 9 10/25
Film Analysis # 2 due
Week 10 11/1
Week 11 11/8
Week 12 11/15
Film Analysis # 3 due
Week 13 11/29
Films 1 & 2 due at the start of class and will be then screened.
The Final Exam will be in a “take home” format and will be posted on my website during finals week. Instructions and details will be announced at a later date.