COM 251 Introduction to Moviemaking

Introduces basic concepts of time-based visual media (film, video, digital) with an emphasis on the perception, operation, and experience of moving images, kinesics, and the structure and aesthetics of cinematic language. Students will learn how to work with cameras, audio equipment, and post-production equipment. 
Meets general academic requirement AR.

COM 351 Video Production

Refines an understanding of video/television concepts and operations through the application of advanced production techniques. Provides hands-on experience beginning with the development of a professional project, treatment, script, and storyboard. Focusing on production tools and skills, class workshops, and outside exercises that facilitate becoming comfortable with camera and editing equipment and with the overall production process. Conceiving, coordinating, shooting, and editing the project, production teams will encounter real-time pressure and problem-solving situations.
Required lab.
Prerequisite(s): COM 251 - Introduction to Moviemaking.

COM 367 Studio Workshop in Television & Film

Beginning with a survey of the promise and demands, historical, economic, and political circumstances surrounding community television, this course broadens students' exposure to television formats beyond mainstream commercial media. The course examines the history and innovation of community television in the United States and overseas. The course provides students an opportunity to explore how to channel ideas into practice by expanding students' established skills (research, writing, scripting, producing, directing, multi-camera and audio strategies, staging and lighting, postproduction). Toward that goal, the course engages students in the production of a regular series of documentary, narrative, and experimental television and film projects that will be realized during a multi-week intensive studio experience. Multimedia and interdisciplinary projects involving theatre, art, dance, and music will be welcome. 
Prerequisite(s): COM 251 Introduction to Moviemaking recommended.

COM 467 CUE: Advanced Video Production

Students explore the convergence of video and digital media while studying the problems of constructing narrative and documentary texts within emerging experimental formats.  Through their research-production projects, students learn to work with more advanced visual and organizational concepts and tools.  Legal and ethical issues involved in media production are considered.  Students present ongoing work and final projects in either an online or broadcast venue.
Pre-requisite: COM 351, Video Production.

ENG 226 Introduction to Screenwriting

Examination of screenwriting fundamentals: story structure (theme and plot), character, dialogue, scene description and development, and script formats.  Students will prepare character profiles, treatments, and at least one screenplay
Meets general academic requirement AR.

ENG 364 Advanced Screenwriting

Students will conceptualize, outline, and write a feature-length screenplay, focusing on story structure, character development, conflict, dialogue, and resolution.  Writers will comment on each other’s work in a workshop setting.  Students should start conceptualizing their ideas well in advance of the start of the semester. 
Prerequisite(s): ENG 226 - Introduction to Screenwriting or permission of instructor. 

FLM 281 Writing the TV Spec Script

Writers seeking work in the television industry generally complete a "spec script," a complete script for an episode of a program that already exists. The challenge is to tell a new story using existing characters without changing any of the fundamentals of the show. In this course, students will study and write a spec script for an existing show of their choice.
Prerequisite(s): COM 240 - Introduction to Film Analysis, COM 251 - Introduction to Moviemaking, FLM 201 - Film History I: 1895-1950, FLM 202 - Film History II: 1950-Present

FLM 288 Directing/Performance Film

This is an introductory-level course in directing and acting for camera, focusing on philosophies of screen acting, the ability to work within the technical requirements of screen media, and the development of productive and respectful working relationships on set. Students will both direct and act in this course, but no previous directing or acting experience is required. 

FLM 380 Pre-Production Plan/Design

Students will learn the process of film and videomaking from idea stage to the day before shooting begins. We will focus on generating compelling subjects, scripting and storyboarding, casting and location scouting, and all of the work that goes into creating engaging images in front of a camera. 

THR 355 On-Camera Acting

This upper-level acting course is designed to introduce students to the skills required to work effectively on camera. Using material drawn from the professional world, students will work in a variety of on-camera genres. Genres that may be taught include commercials, daytime, primetime (sitcom and drama), and film. Class time will be divided equally between shooting and viewing, and students are expected to engage critically with both their own work and their classmates. Analytical viewing assignments from each of the genres explored will be required.
Prerequisite: THR 341 - Intermed Acting: Shakespeare, THR 350 - Acting Classical Verse, THR 351 - Commedia dell'Arte, THR 352 - Experiments in Acting, THR 357 - Int Act: Acting Political/Fem, THR 363 - Int Act: Contemporary Scene Study, THR 365 - Intermediate Acting: Meisner, THR 367 - Int Act:Stanislavski's Psycho/Physical Tech., THR 413 - Adv. Acting: The Actor, the Writer