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Filmmaking Intensive

Units: 8
Student Level: All

Jun 29 - Aug 7 Add to cart
Schedule: Mon/Weds/Fri 9:00am -3:50pm
Orientation: Jun 28, 2020 at 2:00 PM
Max. Seats: 18
Faculty: Jim O'Keefe

Jun 29 - Aug 7 Add to cart
Schedule: Mon/Weds/Fri 9:00am -3:50pm
Orientation: Jun 28, 2020 at 2:00 PM
Max. Seats: 18
Faculty: Jay New & Bonnie Blake

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About the Class
This course is a great way to learn the fundamentals of filmmaking and the ability to collaborate with other filmmakers. In this highly requested summer filmmaking class, you will learn what it takes to create powerful digital films and with the help of classmates and teachers, you will create several polished digital films.
The class is geared to both beginning filmmakers who desire to learn more about digital filmmaking as well as seasoned filmmakers who want to improve on their ability to work with a crew. It is modeled after one of USC’s oldest filmmaking classes. You will study digital filmmaking techniques while making three short digital films.
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 
Class sessions will also include tutorials on such topics as:
  • Directing
  • Editing
  • Production Sound
  • Production Lighting
  • Cinematography
  • Pre-Production (storyboarding, casting, permits, and more)
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. Instructors will also provide hands-on filmmaking exercises and analysis of scenes from feature films, documentary films, experimental films and music videos.
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)
*All projects are created outside of scheduled class time.*
Adult Section -  JAMES O'KEEFFE 
*Please note that dates and times of the course are subject to changes. Additional tutorials are taught during outside hours.*

This 8 unit Summer Program class is comprised of the following two School of Cinematic Arts courses:

  • CNTV 392: Beginning Digital Filmmaking – 4 units
  • CTPR 240x: Practicum in Production – 4 units

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