VACV145 Film Production I

Department of The Arts: Cinema/Video Production

I. Course Number and Title
VACV145 Film Production I
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
Work outside of class is required. Film equipment is available to students enrolled in this class. Equipment sign-out procedures are reviewed in class and procedures include equipment damage and late fees. There is a lab fee associated with this class. Students produce two black and white wild track films.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course introduces the equipment, techniques, and the art of filmmaking. Through a series of exercises and projects, students explore the basic processes of motion picture production from planning and filming to editing and incorporation of sound. Students create two original black and white wild track films.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. demonstrate a working knowledge of the equipment used in the film industry.
      2. demonstrate pre-production skills of planning, scriptwriting and storyboarding;
      3. apply sound track to an individual film;
      4. plan, create, script, produce and edit an individual film;
      5. collaborate with other students to produce a group film; and
      6. analyze projects through critiques, oral presentations, and discussions.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. basic ingredients of motion pictures, light and film
    2. tools of motion pictures, camera, lens, and light meter
    3. explore how the concept of time is the basic vehicle of motion pictures
    4. silent and double-system editing procedures
    5. editing, screening, and analysis of individual exercises
    6. application of sound in motion picture production
    7. screening of film projects
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Student assessment is based on the successful completion of assigned projects, the presentation of projects, and the demonstrated use of appropriate vocabulary in oral critiques.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    See course format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Review/Approval Date - 3/07; Revised 10/2010