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Horror Film Production

Units: 4
Student Level: All

Jun 24 - Aug 2   - Unavailable
In-Person (Ages 16+)
Schedule: Tue/Thu 9:00am - 1:20pm
Max. Seats: 18
Faculty: Sean Keller


About the Class

Horror Film Production explores a genre and its relation to society from a national and international perspective. A comprehensive look at present-day horror as a product of a vast and plentiful history, examining historical and social contexts such as wars, social movements, trends, and other factors.

This course will allow students to learn the practical and business sides of the horror genre from some of the industry's top minds. Sessions combine panel discussions, lectures, and a hands-on approach to some of the genre's cinematic techniques. During the six-week course, each student will create three short films.

Course Objective

Designed for both beginning filmmakers as well as seasoned production veterans, students will learn several horror filmmaking tools, including:

  • Creating a scare sequence
  • Use of innovative sound design
  • Writing, directing, cinematography, and producing for horror
  • Understanding the genre and its sub-genres
  • Creating FX, monsters, and creatures
  • Pre-production (Storyboarding, casting, permits, and more)

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

  • Cinematography
  • Production lighting
  • Production sound
  • 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): Sean Keller