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January 22, 2019 — April 16, 2019

Tuesdays | 6:30-9:30pm | 12 sessions + 2 weekend labs TBA (No Class March 26)

Instructor: Amy O’Brien

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


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 is currently available for purchase at Powell’s Books on W Burnside. It can be found 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).