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Creating the Short Film

Units: 4
Student Level: All

Jun 28 - Aug 6 Add to cart
Schedule: Mon/Weds/Fri 9:00am - 11:50am
Orientation: Jun 27, 2021 at 2:00 PM
Max. Seats: 18
Faculty: James Savoca


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About the Class

Creating the Short Film class is all about preparing students for the responsibilities and functions a director must successfully navigate in order to direct a polished short film. The core of the course will be the individual project. Imagination is the first step to a successful summer!

The lessons learned in this class will help students finish a 5-7 minute narrative short, as well as learn directing fundamentals that will help students discover how a director guides a film to completion including:

  • Breaking down a scene
  • Blocking the action
  • Effective shot selection
  • Directing the performance
  • Fine-tuning the story in post-production

The format of the course will be a combination of lectures and screenings. Students will also learn a number of other 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 scène
  • Use innovative sound design

Class sessions will also include tutorials on such topics as:

  • Script rewriting
  • Editing
  • Production sound
  • Production lighting
  • Cinematography
  • Pre-production (storyboarding, casting, permits, and more)
  • Non-Linear AVID editing training

As is done in all SCA production classes, students will join a small group of 3-4 filmmakers to bring the students' vision to completion. Collaborating with other filmmakers in the spirit of teamwork will also allow students to gain valuable experience in other roles of filmmaking. Final films will be completed outside of class, so relying on the students within the group is essential.

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.                                                                                                                  *Please note that dates and times of the course are subject to changes. Additional tutorials are taught during outside hours.

INSTRUCTOR(S): James Savoca

Should the SCA Summer Program move to an online format for Summer 2021, this course will be CONVERTED to an online class.