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School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) 434

CTPR 288 Originating and Developing Ideas for Film (2 units)

Exercises in observation, imaginative association, visualization, etc., that deepen the creative process, leading to ideas, stories, characters and images for narrative, documentary and experimental films.

CTPR 327 Motion Picture Camera (3 units) 

Use of high definition motion picture equipment to explore the fundamentals of shot design, movement and lighting.  In class group projects.
Course studies the use of motion picture camera equipment, focusing on the principles of black-and-white and color cinematography. More specifically, the class will examine the creating of images, from using cameras, lenses, and filters to photographic processes and the role of the cinematographer in interpreting story. Hands-on individual projects will put theory into practice.

CTPR 335 Motion Picture Editing (3 units)

Theory, techniques, and practices in picture editing; use of standard editing equipment; individual projects.
Course is an exploration of aesthetics, theory, history, techniques and procedures of motion picture editing for many styles of film. Students view award-winning shorts and sections of features to illustrate different editing styles and edit a series of scenes using the latest Avid equipment.

CTPR 340 Creating the Motion Picture Sound Track (3 units)

Techniques and aesthetics for recording production sound, editing dialogue, sound effects, music, Foley and preparing for the mix. For film, television, and other media.

CTPR 371 Directing for Television (4 units)

Preparation of director’s preproduction blockout; study of direction for live, tape, and film production, for both dramatic and informational television.
Class focuses on the preparations needed for directing in TV. Students will work in teams creating short scenes in various formats, including traditional episodic and situational comedy. The directorial role as production leader and visionary is emphasized. 

CTPR 385 Colloquium: Motion Picture Production Techniques (4 units)

Basic procedures and techniques applicable to production of all types of films; demonstration by production of a short film from conception to completion.
Includes writing of the script to planning, shooting, and editing. 

CTPR 386 Art and Industry of the Theatrical Film (4 units)

Detailed analysis of one theatrical film from conception through critical reception to develop an understanding of motion pictures as art, craft, and industry.
More specifically, the course studies the anatomy of a film by examining a major current release with guest speakers involved in the making of the production. Films previously studied include The Avengers and The Sessions.

Professor: Jason E. Squire

CTPR 409 Practicum in Television Production (2, 4, max 8 units) 

Television production laboratory course covers operating cameras, creating graphics, technical operations, controlling audio and floor-managing live productions. Students plan and produce actual Trojan Vision programs.
Course offers students the opportunity to plan and help produce Trojan Vision programs. 

CTPR 410 The Movie Business: From Story Concept to Exhibition (2 units)

Examination of the industry from story ideas through script development, production and exhibition; evaluation of roles played by writers, agents, studio executives, marketing and publicity.
The class covers the gamut of the movie business, from story concept to film exhibition. Guest speakers and lectures discuss and cover the role of the writer, agent, studio executive, producer, director, as well as address the topics of marketing, publicity and distribution.

CTPR 422 Makeup for Motion Pictures (2 units) 

Lecture-laboratory in makeup relating it to mood of the story and emulsion of the camera stock.
Class is an introduction to the craft of makeup for film, TV, and other media. Students learn through lectures, demos, and hands-on workshops the different kinds of makeup styles and procedures, including the study of glamour, old age, gore, fantasy, and prosthetic techniques. 

CTPR 423 Introduction to Special Effects in Cinema (2 units)

Introductory workshop in the aesthetics and practices of special effects, embracing both the classical and contemporary modes.
Course focuses on techniques, cost, and operational characteristics. Great for aspiring production managers, directors, and camera and effects specialists, the class is conducted in a workshop environment where students experience the complexities involved with effects/techniques that are currently in popular use industry-wide.

CTPR 425 Production Planning (2 units)

Theory, discussion, and practical application of production planning during preproduction and production of a film.

CTPR 426 The Production Experience (2 units)

To provide students with basic working knowledge of both the skills of the motion picture set and production operations through classroom lectures and hands-on experience.
Students learn the fundamentals of episodic TV drama and participate in the shooting of an episode written and directed by students. Positions available in producing, camera, sound, production design, or editorial.

CTPR 431 Developing the Documentary Production (2 units)

The tools and skills necessary to turn an idea into a documentary story, using sample reels, pitches, and writing to develop a professional proposal. Course is designed to teach students the knowledge, skills, insight and judgment needed to research, develop and create pitch materials for a documentary production.

CTPR 454 Acting for Film and Television (4 units)

Intensive examination of skills and techniques necessary for successful performances in film and television. Practical application through in-class exercises and assigned projects.

CTPR 456 Introduction to Art Direction (2 units)

Introduction to computer drafting, set design, rendering and model-making for students with diverse abilities. Guest lecturers, group discussions and hands-on projects.

CTPR 457 Creating Poetic Cinema (2 units)

An investigation of poetic cinema from four different perspectives: found poetry; applied poetry; poetry as image; and poetry in narrative fiction. Production of short films.

Explores the relationship between poetic cinema and artistic expression — especially the visual arts, literature and music — through the creation of short films. Approaching the poetics of cinema through: found poetry, translating written poetry, cinema AS poetry and the poetic image in narrative cinema.

CTPR 460 Film Business Procedures and Distribution (2, 4 units) 

Financing, budgeting, management as applied to films; problems of distribution, including merchandising, cataloging, evaluation, and film library management. Students are introduced to film economics, as it relates to production, distribution, and exhibition.

CTPR 461 Managing Television Stations and Internet Media (2 units) 

Managing electronic media, including radio and television stations, broadcast and cable networks, and the Internet.
Executives from all areas of the TV industry address class each week to provide first-hand information about a wide range of areas, including news production, sales, marketing, and syndication.

CTPR 470 Practicum in On-Screen Direction of Actors (4 units)

Concentration on the basic skills in working with actors from a director’s point of view.
Students learn to experiment and discuss the many choices in directing actors, including laboratory and scene analysis. The course also breaks down a script from the emotional point-of-view of the actor.

CTPR 474 Documentary Production (4 units)

Pairs produce, direct, shoot, and edit a short documentary on a subject of their choice. Finished projects will be suitable for broadcast/festivals.
Students are encouraged to form pairs before class; individual students form partnerships at the beginning of the term. Students must come prepared with two or three documentary ideas. Finished projects will be suitable for broadcast/festivals.  Finished films will be approximately 15 minutes in length.

CTPR 484 Advanced Multi-Camera Television Workshop (4 units)

Exercises and practical application for writing and producing a multi-camera television project. Special attention to the development of the sitcom. Recommended preparation: CTPR 371 required for students who wish to direct a sitcom.

The Witt-Thomas-Harris Endowed Advanced Multi-Camera Television Workshop. Exercises and practical application for producing/directing/editing a half-hour television project. Recommended preparation: CTPR 371, CTPR 476, CTPR 523, CTPR 532/comedy for students who wish to direct and CTPR 310 or CTPR 335 for students who wish to edit. Offered in conjunction with CTWR 487 Staff Writing the Multi-Camera Television Series.

CTPR 487 The Recording Studio in Film and Video Production (2 units)

Exploration of the role of the recording studio in professional film and video productions. Emphasis on technical and hardware considerations.

CTPR 496 The Film Industry: Career Challenges and Choices for Women (2 units)

Discusses womens' roles in the entertainment industry and career opportunities available for women in the business, corporate, and creative sectors.