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Creating the Short Film

Units: 4
Student Level: All

Jun 28 - Aug 6   - Unavailable
ONLINE SECTION (MINORS - 16 & 17 year olds, ONLY)
Schedule: Mon/Weds/Fri 9:00am - 11:50am (PST)
Orientation: Jun 22, 2021 at 11:00 AM
Max. Seats: 18
Faculty: James Savoca

Jun 28 - Aug 6 Add to cart
ONLINE SECTION (MINORS - 16 & 17 year olds, ONLY)
Schedule: Mon/Weds/Fri 9:00am - 11:50am (PDT)
Orientation: Jun 22, 2021 at 11:00 AM
Max. Seats: 18
Faculty: Joselito Seldera


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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

Lectures will be held through Zoom and will be focused on collaboration. Zoom is free for all enrolled USC students.

USC SCA will be providing licenses for the state of the art editing software, AVID Media Composer. 

Minimum equipment requirement: Smart phone with camera features.

Recommended equipment: DSLR with zoom lens.

*This course is conducted entirely online via ZOOM. 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