Adult 9-week classes: Jan. 20
Workshops, 4-week, and 6-week classes that begin mid-term: 2 weeks prior to start of class.
This course provides a broad introduction to the study of film through the examination of the aesthetics of cinema and key elements of filmmaking. Instruction will cover systems of film editing, construction of film images, film sound and the varied modes of organizing these core elements. This course will familiarize you with the basic vocabulary of film form and film analysis. Students will develop a set of skills that will enable them both to experience and evaluate all forms of cinema in exciting and critical ways. Class meetings will consist of film screenings (both clips and full works), lecture and discussion. NOTE: some films may contain adult themes including sexuality, violence and coarse language not suitable for some viewers.
Ready to take the next step with your story idea? Do you want to see if you've got what it takes to complete a full-length feature script? This writer's boot camp will take you through the development process, where you will create a professional log line, synopsis, outline, and the first act (25-30 pages) of your script. Students will receive hands-on coaching through an intensive development and writing process. This course is ideal for students who have completed Screenwriting Fundamentals or those who have started a script, but need help finishing.
Stop-motion animation is the art of bringing inanimate objects and images to life. The class will cover the whole process: preparing a space for shooting, photographing a variety of media (clay, found objects, cutouts, drawings) manipulated in small increments, and putting it all together using a simple editing program. Students will also learn how to build a puppet with a wide range of motion, especially suited for stop-motion animation. Students will leave with a deeper understanding of the process and a finished, YouTube-ready animation. This course is ideal for students who already have some stop-motion animation experience, but is also suitable for beginners. Most supplies included in lab fee; students should bring a point-and-shoot digital camera. Cross-listed in Special Topics.
A film’s musical score gives life, emotion and drama to the pictures we see on screen. This class invites students to watch and examine four films: Casino Royale, Blade Runner, Signs, and The Accidental Tourist. Each film takes a very different approach to using music as a part of the storytelling process. Background on the film and its music will precede each screening, and a discussion and analysis of each film’s music will follow.
Get hands-on guidance for developing a great idea into a story that conforms to professional Hollywood standards, and discover elements that strengthen or weaken a script. Students will write actual script pages and begin the journey of translating a story from their head onto the page.