School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) 427

CTPR 288 Originating and Developing Ideas for Film - 2 units

Exercises in observation, imaginative association, visualization, etc., that deepen the creative process and lead to ideas, stories, characters, and images for narrative, documentary, and experimental films.
Two sections. Taught by TBA

CTPR 327 Motion Picture Camera - 3 units (CART)*

The magic of creating images on film from using cameras, lenses, and filters to photographic processes and the role of the cinematographer in interpreting story. Involves the use of motion picture camera equipment, principles of black/white and color cinematography, and hands-on projects that put theory into practice.
Two sections. Taught by Tristan Whitman, Chris Chomyn

CTPR 335 Motion Picture Editing - 3 units (CART, DGST)*

Exploration of aesthetics, theory, history 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 Express DV equipment.
Multiple sections.
Taught by TBA

CTPR 340 Creating the Motion Picture Sound Track - 2 units

Techniques and aesthetic principles for recording and editing dialogue, music and sound effects for film, television and other media.
Taught by TBA

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.
Taught by TBA

CTPR 385 Colloquium: Motion Picture Production Techniques (4 units) (CART, ANDA,CNHP)*

Motion picture production from writing of the script to planning, shooting and completion of a movie. The class will write, direct and shoot a digital video.
Two sections.
Taught by TBA

CTPR 386 Art and Industry of the Theatrical Film - 4 units

Examines aspects of filmmaking with in-depth study of all facets - screenplay to completion; the anatomy of a film. A major current film is examined in detail and guest speakers involved in the making of the film describe each phase of production. Films previously studied include: The Avengers and The Sessions.
Taught by Jason E. Squire

CTPR 409 Practicum in Television Production (2, 4 units) (CART)*

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.
Taught by Joel Parker

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

Covers the gamut of the movie business, from story concept to film exhibition. Guest speakers and lectures will cover the role of the writer, agent, studio executive, producer, director, marketing, and distribution.
Taught by Peter Exline

CTPR 422 Makeup for Motion Pictures (2 units)

Introduction to makeup for film, TV, and theater, exploring glamour, old age, gore, fantasy, and prosthetic techniques. Students learn through lectures, demos, and hands-on workshops.
Taught by Ian Goodwin

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

Intro to special effects techniques, cost, and operational characteristics. Hands-on workshop environment where students experience time and complexities involved with effects/techniques now in popular use industry-wide. Great for aspiring production managers, directors, and camera and effects specialists.
Taught by Tom Anderson

CTPR 425 Production Planning (2 units)

From script to screen: practical application of methods and tools for the scheduling, budgeting, and planning of a film.
Taught by Robert Brown

CTPR 426 The Production Experience (2 units)

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.
Taught by Joe Wallenstein and Michael Peyser

CTPR 454 Acting for Film and Television (4 units)

Learn and apply prominent theories of performance and how they relate to film and television. Students gain understanding of the tools of performance, as derived from the stage, and how they translate to film and television.
Taught by TBA

CTPR 455 Introduction to Production Design (2 units)

Introductory course in the principles of production design. Course includes: structure of the art department, fundamentals of design, and various other design elements. Lectures, screenings, guest speakers, and student projects.
Taught by Mark Stratton

CTPR 456 Introduction to Art Direction (2 units)

Students learn the current tools and techniques of the art director: written language (drafting), three-dimensional language (model making), and the language of ideas (quick sketching). Learn how to present ideas and execute them in a professional manner.
Taught by Tom Wilkins

CTPR 457 Creating Poetic Cinema (2 units)

Student will explore the relationship between poetic cinema and artistic expression-especially the visual arts, literature and music-through the creation of four short films. The projects approach the poetics of cinema through: found poetry, translating written poetry, cinema AS poetry, and the poetic image in narrative cinema.
Taught by Pablo Frasconi

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

Introduces film economics, exhibition, distribution, and production. Budgets, financing, television/non-theatrical and theatrical films, production and distribution agreements, copyright and legal considerations will also be covered.
Taught by Jason E. Squire

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

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, syndication, and networks.
Taught by Dick Block

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

Students learn to experiment and discuss the many choices in directing actors, including laboratory and scene analysis. Also covered: breaking down a script from the emotional point-of-view of the actor.
Taught by TBA

CTPR 474 Documentary Production - 4 units (CNHP)*

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

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

Class discusses women's roles in the entertainment industry and career opportunities available for women in the business, corporate and creative sectors.
Taught by TBA

CTPR 499 Special Topics: Introduction to Media and Social Change (2 units)

Students learn how different forms of media can affect and impact social change, both in America and globally, through the study of theory, relevant history and specific case studies. Classes involve guests from media and representatives from various community and social organizations.
Taught by Doe Mayer

CTPR 499 Special Topics: Masters of Directorial Style (2 units)

Class offers a number of films by exceptional directors from different eras and with contrasting stylistic approaches. Students learn how these films were constructed, what techniques the directors utilized to make them special and how they can creatively inform their own work. Screenings include works by Wes Anderson and Sergio Leone.
Taught by Tom Abrams

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