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Filmmaking Courses

Digital Cinematography: The Art of the Moving Image

Course Number: CNTV 325

In-Person (Ages 16+)
Jun 24 - Aug 2   - Unavailable

An intensive camera, lighting and image design class for emerging cinematographers, producers, directors, editors and writers. This class includes weekly hands-on projects on 35mm stills, Sony FS5 and RED motion picture cameras.
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Digital Editing With Avid

Course Number: CNTV-413

In-Person (Ages 16+)
Jun 24 - Aug 2   - Unavailable

This course uses the AVID system to open new doors of post-production creativity, taking you from basic through advanced digital editing techniques.
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Directing Actors for Film and Television

Course Number: CTPR 428

In-Person (16+)
Jun 24 - Aug 2   - Unavailable

No matter how good your script is, how experienced your cinematographer might be, or how inventive your production designer can be, unless the actors engage the audience as credible, intriguing characters, a film will never succeed. We address the specific challenges of directing a narrative scene and explore the issues of casting, rehearsing, and communicating with actors. 
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Directing the Short Film

Course Number: CNTV-411

Ages 16+
Jun 24 - Aug 2   - Unavailable

PRE-COLLEGE In-Person (Ages 16 & 17)
Jun 24 - Aug 2   - Unavailable

You will see realized on-screen a story now “inside you” that you feel you just have to tell. The core of the course will be the individual project. Your imagination is the first step to a successful summer.
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Documentary Filmmaking

Course Number: CNTV-410

In-Person (Ages 16+)
Jun 24 - Aug 2   - Unavailable

The popularity of documentary films and reality TV is exploding, and now you can be a part of it, as you conceive, write, produce, direct and edit your own original non-fiction work.
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Editing for Cinematic Storytelling

Course Number: CNTV-332

In-Person (Ages 16+)
Jun 24 - Aug 2   - Unavailable

Picture Editors are story tellers but unlike writers who use text, or lyricists who use words, editors use visual images, dialogue, sound, special effects and music to stir the emotions of the audience and tell our stories. This course will analyze and deconstruct all the elements of the art of creatively manipulating visual images through editing.
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Filmmaking Intensive

Course Number: CNTV-392 & CTPR-240x

PRE-COLLEGE In-Person, Blue (ages 16 & 17)
Jun 24 - Aug 2   - Unavailable

PRE-COLLEGE In-Person, Orange (Ages 16 & 17)
Jun 24 - Aug 2   - Unavailable

PRE-COLLEGE In-Person, Red (ages 16 & 17)
Jun 24 - Aug 2   - Unavailable

ADULT In-Person (ages 18+)
Jun 24 - Aug 2   - Unavailable

Filmmaking Intensive is a total hands on immersion in the filmmaking process. Each student will create three 5 minute digital projects from conception to projection. This course is a fundamental education in all components of filmmaking including producing, directing, cinematography, editing and sound. Parallel class study includes both cinematic theory and practical workshops. Realize your dreams...now!
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Horror Film Production

Course Number: CNTV-478

In-Person (Ages 16+)
Jun 24 - Aug 2   - Unavailable

Are you a horror movie fan? Then this is the film class for you! This course will teach you the fundamentals of horror filmmaking and working within the horror genre portion of the industry. You will learn not only how to create films, but also how to craft and focus your skills to create compelling and effective horror content. The course will also give you the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the top minds in the horror industry through panels, lectures, and field trips. Each student will create two horror short films during the 6-week course.
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USC/Warner Brothers Producing and Directing Class

Course Number: CNTV-405 & CTPR-460

In-Person (AGES 16+)
Jun 24 - Aug 2   - Unavailable

From script to screening you will, on a daily basis, explore and practice in all the fields of filmmaking and production and leave the class with at least two short, polished digital films.
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Screenwriting Classes

Creating the Comedy TV Series

Course Number: CTWR-212

In-Person (Ages 16+)
Jun 24 - Aug 2   - Unavailable

Ever wonder what it’s like behind the closed doors of a Comedy Sitcom writing room? Look no further! USC’s "The Writers Room: What it's like to write for Sitcom Comedy Television" class gives you the knowledge and experience of working in a TV sitcom comedy writing room!
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Creating the Dramatic TV Series

Course Number: CTWR-422

In-Person (Ages 16+)
Jun 24 - Aug 2   - Unavailable

If you have ideas for a new television show, this is your chance to find out how TV series are developed. The course includes screening and analysis of sample pilots, reading show bibles and pilot scripts, and discussion of successful shows and prototypes.
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Screenwriting Fundamentals: The Short Form Screenplay

Course Number: CTWR-212

In-Person (Ages 16+)
Jun 24 - Aug 2   - Unavailable

In-Person (Ages 16+)
Jun 24 - Aug 2   - Unavailable

As a student you will learn the importance of writing from personal belief. You will complete a step outline, full treatment and first act of a screenplay while emphasizing character, structure and narrative development.
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Screenwriting the First Draft Feature

Course Number: CTWR-401

In-Person (AGES 16+)
Jun 24 - Aug 2   - Unavailable

In-Person (AGES 16+)
Jun 24 - Aug 2   - Unavailable

This cutting-edge class has been designed to offer summer students a chance to write a complete, feature-length screenplay. You will leave the USC Summer Program with a finished script, an actual project you can continue to revise or take out into the industry to find and agent.
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Computer Graphics/Animation & Gaming Classes

Animation Fundamentals

Course Number: CTAN-330

In-Person (Ages 16+)
Jun 24 - Aug 2   - Unavailable

This class provides a hands-on approach to the fundamentals of animation, preparing the student to confront issues of movement and timing in their continuing studies.
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Foundations of Game Design

Course Number: CTIN-202

In-Person (Ages 16+)
Jun 24 - Aug 2   - Unavailable

In this class, you will learn about prototyping and play-testing, the techniques that form the basis for all professional game design.
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Film & Television Business Courses

The Insider: Your Career Path in Film and Television

Course Number: CNTV-419

In-Person (Ages 16+)
Jun 24 - Aug 2   - Unavailable

The purpose of this twelve-night, six-week course is to demystify the behind-the-scenes world of Hollywood. You will learn exactly how the business works from people who are in it now and who are succeeding at what they do. You will come away with a full understanding of the process, a game plan for how to embark on your career, and specific strategies for improving your odds. Guest speakers will include prominent agents, executives, producers, writers and directors. This course is specifically designed for emerging filmmakers, producers, and screenwriters. It is taught from a very practical point-of-view with an emphasis on how to navigate the system and get your career started. Our goal is to spike your learning curve so you know what the business expects.
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