This course is an introduction to the development, distribution, production and
consumption of digital film and television. Throughout the course we will
be exploring these areas of Digital Film/TV in two complementary ways.
First and foremost, this
course is about cinematic STORYTELLING.
Throughout the term, we will be taking a critical look at a wide
range of film and television productions with an eye towards
storytelling and the visual (and audio)
techniques used to convey strong, engaging stories. Along the way,
we'll be asking fundamental questions, such as:
What makes a great film and/or TV story? How can you tell an
excellent film story from one which is ok or merely decent? What techniques are
used to thread together a truly captivating film or TV program? What does
it mean to be "creative" or innovative within a visual culture that so
often relies upon sequels, clichés, and stereotypes? What are the differences between stories told in print, for the
stage, via radio and those presented on film/TV?
How does writing fit into the creative processes of film or TV scripts? What
has the digital revolution really done to film and television production,
economics, distribution, exhibition? Has anything really changed? What kinds of stories translate
well on Film/TV? What kinds
don’t? These are some of the
central questions we will
Second, and equally important, this is also an intensive
Film/TV production course. We will be
producing a variety of digital Film/TV projects over the course of the term. Each project will involve scripting, staging, acting,
lighting, recording, shooting, editing, and last but not least, the posting/streaming
of your final projects to the Web. (Is
that all?). Film/TV production is
labor-intensive. You will need to
become familiar with (and skilled) at ALL aspects of production.
Additionally, you will be presenting your own work and constructively
critiquing other people’s projects to help them create better work throughout
Critiques, & Discussions u
This requirement refers to (1) Attendance--Don't miss this class. After
one absence, your grade will
be affected. (2) Participation refers to how much you contribute
verbally to discussions and how well you contribute to the constructive
critiques of other’s work; and (3) how well prepared you are for class
(i.e., readings, in class projects, presentations, collaborations, etc.).
Assignments, Scripts, &
There will be 3 major film projects and several shorter WIPs and script/critique assignments due for the course. These
projects/assignments will involve both written and film production work. Guidelines
for each project/presentation will be handed out in advance. PLEASE NOTE:
projects must be polished and handed in on time.
I will evaluate both the exteriors
and interiors of your projects. Late projects will be penalized.
Final Digital DVD
A final digital (DVD) portfolio of your work will be due at the end of the
There will be two exams for the course. Exams will be comprehensive and
cover all readings, screenings, discussions and lectures.
1 External Hard Drive
(Firewire/USB-2 or 3). For
this course you will need to purchase an external Firewire400/800/USB2 or USB3 hard drive.
It should preferably be a 7200 RPM drive. You will be storing and editing your films off of this drive throughout the
semester. Your drive should have at least 200GB of
memory. But even with this amount of memory, it will go quick, so you'll have to manage your files (and your
tape footage) efficiently.
1 8GB or 16GB Compact Flash Card 60mb/s—You
will need one 8GB Compact flash card. We will be using these cards in
addition (or possibly in lieu of miniDV cassettes). This card needs to
be a 60mb/s card. Lexar UDMA or SanDisk Extreme III are the
Cassettes—The cameras we
will be using in this course use MiniDV cassettes (60min).
You will need a minimum of 2 of these tapes.
DVD-R Discs—How many depends on you
and your DVD creation finesse.
recommend a minimum of 3 DVD-Rs (4.7 GB)