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January 21, 2020 – March 31, 2020

Tuesdays | 6:30-9:30p.m. | 10 Sessions

Instructor: Co O’Neill

Location: Classes & Admin Offices

Immerse yourself in the art and technique of creating a scripted, narrative (dramatic)

short film. Direct a short film of your own with fellow students as your crew, developing

your own look while learning to achieve maximum production values through careful

planning and directorial and cinematographic skill. Gain further experience by helping

other members of the class with their projects. Time outside of class is required for

filming and editing and will vary from week to week from 1-3 hours depending on the

complexity of your project.



Turning a fictional story idea into a film

Narrative structures – conventional and unconventional

Breaking down a short story or script into a shot list

Creating a shooting schedule and storyboard

Determining costs and budgeting

Selecting and managing locations

Casting talent

How to find and lead a production team; who does what on set

Rehearsals, blocking actors and the Director’s line

Art direction and set design

Working with your cinematographer

Covering a scene with camera placement and movement

Lighting and audio recording basics

Organizing/logging footage for editing

Trouble-shooting tips

Where to show your film: festivals and screenings

Get instructor coaching and feedback for your project



Tuition includes access to camera and lighting equipment and the Film Center Edit Mac

Lab (with Adobe Premiere). You will need your own personal Mac formatted external

hard drive (specs will be provided after registration).



Prerequisites: Familiarity with Adobe Premiere helpful. At a minimum, be comfortable with Mac OS and general desktop navigation including: creating a new folder, labeling a folder, mouse functions, saving to a specific location, drag and drop.