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Filmmaking

To earn a Filmmaking Certificate you are required to complete three (3) non-credit courses in either one or two successive summers.

Summer 2014 costs are reflected below.

All students must enroll in the following course:

Writing for the Screen

NCRD-UT 1000

Participants will examine the principles and processes of writing for the screen.  Topics include finding and developing story ideas, film language and script structure.  By the end of the course, students will have participated in in-depth film analysis and intensive screenwriting exercises and discussions.  At the end of the course, students are expected to complete a film treatment (prose description of your film) with a step outline for a feature film or T.V. episode you plan to write.  In addition, you must hand in the first scene (3-5 pages) of your script with dialogue.

Non-credit tuition: $1,755

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Next, students must enroll in two (2) of the following production courses.

Fundamentals of Sight and Sound: Filmmaking

NCRD-UT 43

Every student will conceive, produce, direct and edit five short projects (3 silent and 2 with sound) with digital filmmaking technology. Working in crews of four, students will be exposed to a variety of specific assignments in visual storytelling that feature a broad spectrum of technical, aesthetic, craft and logistical problems to be solved. Collaborating with other students through rotating crew positions will be a central focus of all production work. Lectures, labs, critiques, technical seminars, screenings and written production books will be an important component of this class. All student work is screened and discussed in class. Students should not schedule any other course on the same days as Sight & Sound: Filmmaking.

Non-credit tuition: $5,630

Lab fee: $545

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Fundamentals of Sight and Sound: Studio

NCRD-UT 51

The course provides an in-depth exploration of the creative capabilities (technical, logistical, aesthetic) of producing narrative-based studio production work in a multiple camera television studio environment. Students will be trained in working with actors and learning how to connect script and performance to the production of four short studio based projects (each of increasing complexity). Students will have the opportunity to develop a single idea into a full-scale production that will be produced "live" in the studio at the end of the semester. The fundamental skills learned in this class (script, performance, lighting, camera, art direction, coverage) will serve as a foundation for all narrative-, experimental-, and documentary-based production work and will be applicable in classes. Note: some casting and rehearsals will need to be undertaken outside of class.

Non-credit tuition: $5,630

Lab fee: $545

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Fundamentals of Sight and Sound: Documentary

NCRD-UT 80

The course teaches students to look at their world and to develop the ability to create compelling and dramatic stories in which real people are the characters and real life is the plot. Through close study and analysis of feature length and short documentaries, as well as hands on directing, shooting, sound-recording and editing, students rigorously explore the possibilities and the power of non-fiction storytelling for video. The course is a dynamic combination of individual and group production work in which each student will be expected to complete five projects.

Non-credit tuition: $5,630

Lab fee: $545

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Intermediate Experimental Workshop

NCRD-UT 1046
Prerequisite: NCRD-UT 43 | Sight and Sound Film Production

A production course in which students experiment with non-narrative approaches to content, structure, technique, and style. Themes and orientations include many possibilities, such as music, choreography, visual or audio art, investigations of rhythm, color, shape, and line; poetry, fragmentation and collage, abstraction, performance; and subversion of linear narrative and documentary conventions.

Non-credit tuition: $5,630

Lab fee: $545

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Intermediate Production: The Short Commercial Form

NCRD-UT 1246
Prerequisite: NCRD-UT 43 | Sight and Sound Film Production

From the Silver Screen and the television screen to computer portals, the iPod and cell phones, the proscenium for motion pictures, videos, commercials and new forms of web based media has evolved/de-evolved into ever decreasing screen sizes for moving image based media content and distribution.  As screen sizes have decreased, opportunities have increased for emerging technologies to facilitate the production and distribution of both long and short form film, video and animation based work. This class is intended for students with an interest in exploring the creative and commercial aspects of the short form (30 seconds to 7 minutes).  The goal of this class is for students to produce work that results in a series of final projects that can serve as the basis of a demo reel that will also be "uploaded" to a class created web site.  10 Advanced Short Form projects will be selected on the basis of a variety of classroom research projects and concept pitches.  Students will be able to produce up to 15 minutes of completed "short form" work throughout the semester working in a variety of short form genres.

Non-credit tuition: $5,630

Lab fee: $545


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