Digital Filmmaking (FILM)

FILM M110 Intro to the Business of Film 3 crs.

This course provides students with an overview of the film industry from a business perspective. Students will prepare business plans, select content, secure funding and intellectual property rights, hire talent, market, and plan core phases of production from conception to completion.

FILM M115 Intro to Digital Filmmaking 3 crs.

An introduction to the practical aspects of developing the three basic types of films: documentaries, performance, and feature films. This includes basic lighting techniques, camera operation and an introduction to non-linear editing.

There is a lab fee of $75 for this course for minors & non-majors.

FILM M120 Development & Distribution 3 crs.

This course introduces students to the core stages necessary to begin a marketable film, TV or web based production. Students will work in teams to research content, create budgets, solicit funding, select locations, plot schedules, develop marketing strategies, and target viable distribution markets. Several different genres will be examined in this collaborative process.

Prerequisites: FILM M110 Intro to the Business of Film

FILM M200 Film Production Management 3 crs.

An introduction to the organizational aspects of producing & directing for film & TV. The course is a practical guide to the nuts and bolts of digital filmmaking, including: film production management and coordination, dealing with gear and hardware, crew and personnel, talent wrangling, continuity, and day-to-day logistics. The course is intended to lead to professional certification.

Prerequisites: FILM M110 Intro to the Business of Film and FILM M115 Intro to Dig. Filmmaking

FILM M210 Practical Film Lighting 3 crs.

This course will introduce you to lighting design theory and practice. There will be discussions of aesthetics, techniques, and principles. You will be required to draft by hand and computer, sketch your ideas, and formulate lighting design approaches for film and television.

Prerequisites: FILM M115 Intro to Dig. Filmmaking
There is a lab fee of $75 for this course for minors & non-majors.

FILM M215 Cinematography 3 crs.

A hands-on introduction to the art and practice of cinematography. Students will learn the principles, elements, techniques, procedures and equipment that go into shooting digital video and film. Emphasis will be on how to achieve control of lighting, framing, movement, and image manipulation in order to shape mood, convey emotion, and tell story.

Prerequisites: FILM M115 Intro to Dig. Filmmaking

There is a lab fee of $75 for this course for minors & non-majors.

FILM M220 Audio for Film and Television 3 crs.

A practical survey of audio recording, editing and mixing for film, television and other distribution mediums. Topics include project supervision and coordination, recording techniques, sound editing and mixing, room acoustics, media management, and post production workflows.

Prerequisites: FILM M115 Intro to Dig. Filmmaking

There is a lab fee of $75 for this course for minors & non-majors.

FILM M225 Script to Screen 3 crs.

An intensive practical experience in writing & directing in digital filmmaking, video & other new media. Students will complete a professional quality short film, writing, producing, casting and directing their own work.

Prerequisites: FILM M115 Intro to Dig. Filmmaking

FILM M310 Visual Effects for Film 3 crs.

Visual Effects for Film is a wide-ranging topic and could be an entire course of study. Here, we will focus on several core CGI techniques that are commonly used in the film and television industry. This course will present the concepts of digital compositing, matte painting, rotoscoping, digital erasing and creation, and motion tracking. Students will gain hands-on experience manipulating foreground and background images.

Prerequisites: FILM M115 Intro to Dig. Filmmaking

There is a lab fee of $75 for this course for minors & non-majors.

FILM M315 Directing for Camera 3 crs.

Focusing more on nuts and bolts than theory and with emphasis on dramatic, narrative filmmaking, classes will typically introduce the various challenges of that week’s subject in the first hour, go into detail on technique in the second, and spend the third dealing with exceptions and special problems. Extensive use of case studies and role-playing will teach students the on-the-fly problem solving that is the lifeblood of film directing.

Prerequisites: MUGN M225 Digital Audio Production

FILM M320 Digital Pre-Visualization 3 crs.

This course presents the evolution, practice and techniques used in pre-visualization: the process of rehearsing complex set designs, lighting and actions within a virtual domain prior to the filming on a production set. Creative, practical and economic advantages are discussed through lectures; Current techniques including computerized storyboarding are taught and practiced through the planning, designing and creating of pre-visualized effect sequences.

Prerequisites: FILM M310 Visual Effects for Film

There is a lab fee of $75 for this course for minors & non-majors.

FILM M420 Post-Production Workshop in Sound 3 crs.

An advanced study in audio recording, editing and mixing for film, television and other distribution mediums. Topics include recording techniques for film production and post production; sound editing and mixing for film; room acoustics; media management; project supervision and coordination; post production workflows.

Prerequisites: FILM M220 Audo for Film & TV

FILM M425 Video Editing 3 crs.

A basic introduction into the theoretical and practical aspects of video editing, including the use of Final Cut Pro, Avid, and other editing platforms.

Prerequisite: FILM M115 Intro to Dig. Filmmaking

There is a lab fee of $75 for this course for minors & non-majors.

FILM M450 Senior Film Project 3 crs.

Capstone class of advanced study in the production of a single professional-quality film or video or other new media. This project is directly aimed at career development and creating a significant resume item to enhance employment and/or graduate school opportunities for each student. May be spread over both semesters of senior year.

Prerequisites: SR status, FILM M315 and MUIN M310