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USC/Warner Brothers Producing and Directing Class

Units: 8
Student Level: All

Jun 24 - Aug 2   - Unavailable
In-Person (AGES 16+)
Schedule: Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu 9:00am - 3:50pm
Max. Seats: 21
Faculty: David Maquiling


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About the Class

In partnership with the world-renowned Warner Bros. Studios, this course is an intensive, hands-on filmmaking workshop where students will write, produce, direct, photograph, and edit two short film projects culminating in a collaborative short film project in and around the WB backlot located in Burbank.

With weekly trips from USC to WB studio, students will visit all central departments, from the costume department and scenic design to post-production facilities. Students will get first-hand insight into the film industry's inner workings from professionals who contributed to films such as Wonder Woman, Dunkirk, and the Harry Potter franchise.

The USC/WB course combines lectures, screenings, and hands-on applications. This rigorous and inspiring course is aimed at committed student filmmakers eager to immerse themselves in cinematic grammar and physical production.

Course Objectives

Students will explore a multifaceted approach to motion picture production, including:

  • Investigate cinematic communication
  • Master the basics of characterization and story structure
  • Ability to effectively tell a story through sound and images
  • Become aware of the cultural impact of cinema
  • Ability to collaborate in both lean and take direction as crew members
  • Understanding of the development, production, distribution, and marketing

Emphasis will be given to story development and articulation of goals, aesthetic and logistical pre-production, time and resource management, and developing analytical skills in a collaborative environment.

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

  • Cinematography
  • Production lighting
  • Production sound
  • Post-production and sound design
  • 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
  • This 8-unit Summer Program class is comprised of the following two 4-unit courses:
    • CNTV 405: Studio Producing and Directing – 4 units
    • CTPR 460: Film Business Procedures and Distribution – 4 units

INSTRUCTOR(S): David Maquiling