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Directing the Short Film

Units: 4
Student Level: All

Jun 26 - Aug 4 Be Added To Waitlist
Schedule: Mon/Weds 1:00pm - 5:20pm (PDT)
Orientation: Jun 19, 2023 at 2:00 PM
Max. Seats: 18
Faculty: James Savoca

Jun 26 - Aug 4   - Unavailable
MINORS ONLY In-Person (Ages 16 & 17)
Schedule: Tue/Thurs 9:00am - 1:20pm (PDT)
Orientation: Jun 19, 2023 at 2:00 PM
Max. Seats: 18
Faculty: James Savoca

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About the Class

Directing the Short Film is an overview of the concerns, function, and responsibilities of the Director. The core of the course is to prep students on cast, produce, and direct an individual project, a 3-5 minute narrative film.

The course offers students a hands-on approach to narrative filmmaking, from script to screen, through various workshops with either live actors or camera work with the instructor and peers.

Course Objectives

Students will develop the fundamental skills of filmmaking from the point-of-view of the Director, including:

  • Learn the function of a scene
  • Direct performance
  • Create contemporary framing
  • Block action for camera
  • Narrative fine-tuning in post-production

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

  • Cinematography
  • Production lighting
  • Production sound
  • Pre-production planning (storyboards, casting, permits, etc.)
  • 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): James Savoca