Screenwriting (FILM 3440) provides comprehensive instruction for the development and writing of an original feature-length screenplay. In addition to a major screenplay project, students write treatments, participate in pitching sessions, collaborate on short scenes and in-class exercises, and learn to write professional script reader reports.
Script to Screen, which is offered as a special topics course, is a must for aspiring filmmakers. Students develop ideas for a short film (approximately 10 minutes in length) The idea is refined through many drafts and is ready to be shot by the end of the course. A common end of term assignment is for students to pitch their film to a panel of locally active filmmakers and to receive feedback.
Acting for the Camera (FILM 3460). This course gives students experience in front of the camera and instructive critique. Scenes are shot weekly with multi-camera set-ups, complete with lighting and sound. This "in-studio" footage is then edited into scenes, allowing students to view their work and improve their performance techniques. This combination of shooting styles gives our students the opportunity to experience the challenges of television-style studio setups and on location set-ups approximating those found in low-budget independent features. Final projects are shot on location.
Film Production (FILM 3270) is an intensive, groundbreaking course that exposes students to all stages of film production: development, pre-production, production, post-production and distribution. Using the feature film as our model, filmmaking is explored through a collaborative project.