USC/Warner Brothers Producing and Directing Class

Units: 8
Student Level: Beginning

Jun 25 - Aug 3 Sorry, this class is currently full
Schedule: Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 3:50pm
Orientation: Jun 24, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Max. Seats: 25
Faculty: David Maquiling

From script to screening you will, on a daily basis, explore and practice in all the fields of filmmaking and production and leave the class with at least two polished digital shorts.
One day per week, the class will travel to Burbank to spend the day at Warner Bros. Students will visit all major departments (costume design, lighting, set design, post-production, etc.) receiving a first hand, in-depth teaching from those who do this work professionally. Through weekly meeting on the Warner Brothers lot, you will meet filmmakers and professionals who have contributed to prestigious motion pictures such as The Dark Knight series, Suicide Squad, The Departed, The Exorcist, The Lego Movie, and the Harry Potter franchise.
The format of the course will be a combination of lectures and screenings. You will learn a number of filmmaking tools – including:
  • How to tell great stories
  • Establish strong characters
  • Acquiring the ability to communicate with the cast and crew
  • Create a mise-en-scene
  • Discover the importance of post-production
  • Use innovative sound design
  • To “pitch” yourselves and your stories understanding how the industry works
The centerpiece of the class is the opportunity to shoot a short film on location on the backlot of Warner Bros Studios. Students will work in groups and will perform various roles and the films will be carefully developed using a comprehensive process. This process will ensure that you bring a certain discipline to guide your creativity – in this class and throughout your filmmaking career. This process includes:
  • Writers pitch their stories
  • Directors pitch for their choice
  • Casting and Preproduction
  • Shooting on location at Warner Brother’s Studio
  • Post-production
  • Class screening
Before arriving, each student is recommended to prepare several story ideas that they wish to make into a short film. Students will be able to choose from all the major genres including drama, comedy, horror, and suspense.
Students will also be able to prepare and shoot two individual projects, on top of the group project at the Warner Brothers Studios. The student is the AUTHOR of the pieces and can start working on their individual projects from day one, while receiving advice and consultations throughout the program.
All necessary equipment and production resources will be available for student use, including:
  • Digital cameras
  • Tripods
  • Lighting kits
  • Sound kits
  • AVID editing suites
  • Access to free on-campus locations
  • USC SCA Sound Stages
  • Access to our Cinema Film Library (with over 13,000 films)
About your Instructor: David Maquiling
Born in New York City and raised in the suburbs of New Jersey, David Maquiling is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the film program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He made his feature film debut with Too Much Sleep, which was produced by Academy-Award nominees Jason Kliot and Joana Vicente of Open City Films (Steven Soderbergh’s Bubble, Brian De Palma’s Redacted, Alex Gibney’s Enron, Jim Jarmusch’s Coffee and Cigarettes)
Too Much Sleep screened at more than 25 international film festivals and earned rave reviews when it was distributed theatrically by The Shooting Gallery (Sling Blade, You Can Count on Me, Croupier). With Too Much Sleep, David won an Independent Spirit Award nomination, was featured in Daily Variety’s annual Someone to Watch article, and was awarded the IFP Project Involve Fellowship. That same year, he became the first Filipino American director elected to the Directors Guild of America.
David currently teaches graduate and undergraduate course in film production at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. In addition to teaching, David is preparing his next feature.

*Please note that dates and times of the course are subject to minor changes. Projects are created outside of schedueled class time. Additional tutorials are taught during outside hours.*