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Art of Filmmaking I

September 26, 2018 — December 12, 2018

Wednesdays | 6:30-9:30pm | 12 sessions + 2 Saturday labs (TBA)

Instructor: Pam Minty

Location: Classes & Admin Offices


Shoot and edit two beginning-level short films as an introduction to visual, cinematic storytelling. This is a comprehensive overview of film production and analysis for the beginner who wants to develop their eye as a media artist.


  • The components of film language and properties of the image
  • The filmmaking process: pre-production, production, post-production
  • Creating treatments and/or scripts and storyboards
  • Digital camera operation and shooting techniques
  • Audio recording: in-camera and with external microphones
  • Continuity and relations between images
  • Setting up a project for editing, editing steps
  • Media file management and workflow
  • Importing sounds, layering and mixing soundtracks
  • Adding titles and effects
  • Moving from first edit to revision and final edit
  • Get instructor guidance and feedback on your work


Saturday lab sessions to be announced.


Textbook: Shot By Shot: A Practical Guide To Filmmaking, 4th Edition, by John Cantine, Susan Howard, & Brady Lewis (ISBN 978-0-9637433-8-1). This textbook should be available for purchase at Powell’s Books on W Burnside (in the Orange Section).


Tuition includes all needed production equipment and access to Film Center Edit Lab. Students are responsible for purchasing the required textbook (see above) and their own (Mac formatted) external hard drive. 


What are students saying about Art of Filmmaking I with Pam Minty?

“Art of Filmmaking I is a great way to dive into the basics of filmmaking.”

“Pam is fantastic.”

“I truly enjoyed  this course and am so grateful to everyone at the Film Center for their guidance and support.