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Horror Film Production

Units: 4
Student Level: All

Jun 26 - Aug 4 Be Added To Waitlist
In-Person (Ages 16+)
Schedule: Tues / Thurs 9:00am - 1:20pm (PDT)
Orientation: Jun 19, 2023 at 2:00 PM
Max. Seats: 18
Faculty: Rebekah McKendry

About the Class

Horror Film Production is an exploration of a genre and its relation to society with both a national and international perspective. A comprehensive look at how present day horror as a product of a vast and plentiful history, examining for historical and social contexts such as wars, social movements, trends, and other factors.

This course will give students the opportunity to learn practical and business sides of the horror genre from some of the top minds in the industry. Sessions are a combination of panel discussions, lectures, and a hands-on approach to some of the cinematic techniques utilized by the genre. Each student will create three short films during the 6-week course.

Course Objective

Designed for both beginning filmmakers, as well as, seasoned production veterans, students will learn a number of horror filmmaking tools, including:

  • Creating a scare sequence
  • Use of innovative sound design
  • Writing, directing, cinematography, and producing for horror
  • Understanding the genre and its sub-genres
  • Creating FX, monsters and creatures
  • Pre-production (Story boarding, casting, permits and more)

In addition to regular class sessions, this course will include tutorial sessions on:

  • Cinematography
  • Production lighting
  • Production sound
  • Non-Linear AVID editing training

All necessary equipment and production resources will be available for student use including digital cameras, tripods, grip gear, lighting kits and access to sound stages.

Important Additional Information

  • All projects are created outside of scheduled class time.
  • Additional tutorials are taught outside scheduled class dates and times.
  • All dates and times of the course are subject to change.
  • SCA has a strict ban on the use of prop weapons of any kind during the summer session

INSTRUCTOR(S): Rebekah McKendry