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This cutting-edge class has been designed to offer summer students a chance to write a complete, feature-length screenplay. You will leave the USC Summer Program with a finished script, an actual project you can continue to revise or take out into the industry to find and agent.
This course uses the AVID system to open new doors of post-production creativity, taking you from basic through advanced digital editing techniques.
Beginning Production Sequence is a total hands on immersion in the filmmaking process. Each student will create four 5 minute digital projects from conception to projection. This course is a fundamental education in all components of filmmaking including producing, directing, cinematography, editing and sound. Parallel class study includes both cinematic theory and practical workshops.
As a student you will learn the importance of writing from personal belief. You will complete a step outline, full treatment and first act of a screenplay while emphasizing character, structure and narrative development.
An intensive camera, lighting and image design class for emerging cinematographers, producers, directors, editors and writers. This class includes weekly hands-on projects on 35mm and 16mm motion picture cameras as well as the newest HD and DV formats.
This hands-on filmmaking course will gives the student the opportunity to take part in every stage of commercial creation -- from concept development and copywriting to the directing, cinematography, Avid editing and sound design of the final spot. It offers not only a comprehensive taste of the advertising and filmmaking industries, but also an excellent opportunity to begin developing a commercial reel.
Creating a TV Series
The course includes screening and analysis of sample pilots, reading show bibles and pilot scripts, and discussion of successful shows and prototypes. Students create their own series concepts, pitch them in class, and receive feedback as they move through the development stages. Students leave with a series format and pilot treatment, ready to write their pilot. Those with previous screenwriting experience may also write a pilot script.
Directing Intensive is all about preparing each student for the responsibilities and functions a director must successfully navigate in order to direct a polished short film. The lessons learned in this class help the student finish a 5 to 12 minute narrative short as well as learning directing fundamentals that help begin a career as a director.
The Walt Disney course is a new addition to the Summer Program Course listing. In addition to directing two polished films of your own, you will experience outstanding lectures on filmmaking and attend special guest appearances and screenings at Walt Disney Studios.
In this course students conceive, research, write, produce, direct and edit their own original non-fiction work. It is a polished, short, digital film that they can then use as a foundation for their future career as a filmmaker.
This course demystify's the behind-the-scenes world of Hollywood. Students learn exactly how the business works from people who are in it now and who are succeeding at what they do. Students leave this course with a full understanding of the process, a game plan for how to embark on their career, and specific strategies for improving their odds.
Music Video Production
This course covers everything from production elements to how the music video industry works. In this course the primary focus of students is to write and pitch music video treatments, create distinctive imagery on low budgets, direct talent, gain representation and navigate the video industry with additional time spent analyzing notable videos.
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 short, polished digital films.