Film Production Classes



This introductory screenwriting course will provide you with a working knowledge of screenplays, teleplays, plot structure, character arcs, dialogue, scene construction, and story conflict viewed through the exciting prism of Hollywood. Through lectures, discussions and workshops, you will break down narrative films and their corresponding scripts, dream up marketable, high-concept ideas, convert such ideas into treatments, and bring these treatments to life in the form of a “spec” screenplay. Along the way, you will also learn how to navigate the “biz”, meet some exciting industry gatekeepers, and learn how to speak “industry speak.”


Students will develop and refine their knowledge of video equipment, production methods and terminology.  The course will introduce students to new equipment, which they will use in a series of hands-on exercises while they create finished pieces in several genres.  During these exercises, students will practice creativity, efficiency and teamwork.  Students will also learn about the vital connections between shooting and editing of video as they practice both skills during in-class exercises. Mastering these technical elements of film production, students will be able to apply their skills with any film type (experimental, documentary and narrative). Prerequisite: Intro to Film analysis.


Students will develop and refine their knowledge of video equipment, production methods and terminology. Expanding from the technical fundamentals acquired from Filmmaking I, this course prepares filmmakers to effectively understand and delivery stunning cinematography through informed focal length choices, stylized lighting, and arresting camera movements. Filmmakers will spend more time pushing the production value of their work as they focus on client-level films. Filmmakers can expect to work on public-facing films in our community. Filmmakers will also be expected to make connections with film events off campus as they begin the trajectory to nurture professional networking opportunities. Prerequisite: Intro to Filmmaking I. (If you have prior expertise in filmmaking contact Instructor who will evaluate skills and can exempt you from  prerequisite requirement.)


Students write and shoot their own three-minute documentary. Screenwriting focuses on short-form documentary and narrative story-structure in depth, including relation to genre; writing inciting incidents, progressive complications, crisis, climax and resolution; and script workshopping and AV rundowns. Directing skills emphasize conducting interviews, directing actors, mis-en-scene, low-budget action scenes, and using dialogue and sound to tell an audio-visual story. Line producing and production management skills focus on developing resourceful approaches to low budget production scenarios. Additional Final Cut Pro training centers on dual system sync-sound editorial work-flows; and Photoshop basics, After Effects (motion graphics), Color (color correction), and DVD Studio Pro are also learned. Prerequisite: Intro to Filmmaking II


Students write and shoot their own short documentary film, workshopping their project at every stage of development. This course includes more advanced preproduction work and line producing responsibilities, including extensive research, advanced budgeting, and study of copyright, likeness releases, fair use law, and other legal issues. A workshop on developing distribution strategies is also included. Students should emerge from this senior-level course with a resume and DVD portfolio of films.


Students write and shoot their own short fiction film, workshopping their project at every stage of development. This course includes more advanced producing responsibilities, as well as a study of distribution opportunities and strategies. Students should emerge from this senior-level course with a resume and DVD portfolio of films.


The life cycle of a motion picture is both formulated and guided by the Producer and it is their creative relationship with films, television and web content that outlasts all others. A producer’s vision largely determines the success of a story in reaching its audience and communicating the message of its themes. This course offers an unobstructed view inside the multitude of responsibilities for this often misunderstood position. It will enable participants to acquire a rare and highly prized skill in the content creation process – the ability to challenge and simultaneously elevate collective motion picture work.


This course explores the various camera and lighting techniques used in digital filmmaking and video production. Discussions and activities will cover the general concepts and principles of camera movement and lighting techniques. Focus will be placed on applying techniques to create the desired visual effects and mood.


This course will introduce students to the process of editing digital film and sound. It will utilize Premiere Pro as the platform to understand and explore non-linear digital editing as an industry tool. Filmmakers will learn both the technical skills to navigate through a non-linear editing platform as well as the basics of aesthetic choices in the visual editing process. Filmmakers will use and understand editing industry terms. In addition, filmmakers will use actual client footage, work with proxy files and also navigate the RED file workflow.

FILM 3350, 3400, 3420, and 3430 meet the Visual Storytelling Requirement for Film Majors. Classes offered under 3910 may meet the Elective Requirement OR (with a PEP form waiver) the Visual Storytelling requirement. See Director of Film Program if you have questions!