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ART 170
Fundamentals of Digital Filmmaking

Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 60

AA Discipline:

Lecture Hours:40    Lab Hours:20

Designed to introduce students to the history, philosophy, theory and techniques of developing and producing short films that are shot on digital video cameras and edited digitally on computers with professional software. Centers on learning elements of visual storytelling through a spectrum of aesthetic approaches. Students learn sequencing, shooting, and editing skills as they develop and produce their own films. Classes will consist of group discussions, critical sessions and hands on exercises in digital filmmaking. Students are expected to work in groups and engage in analysis of professional video production scenarios. This course does not meet the Humanities requirement for the AA degree.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Deliver and produce a product in a variety of industry standard resolutions and media formats using appropriate computer software.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history, philosophy, theory and techniques of developing and producing short films.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of editing theory and application.
  • Operate video and audio recording equipment.
  • Manage digital files in the execution of an efficient post-production workflow.
  • Create pre-visualization materials that can be used in the production of video projects.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the skills and responsibilities of the members of a production crew.

  • Course Topics
  • What is "digital" filmmaking?
  • Theory and practice of visualization
  • Pre-production, script breakdown
  • Camera techniques
  • Lighting, sound recording, directing
  • Aesthetic approaches to filmmaking
  • Deliverables: distribution and new possibilities for the independent filmmaker.

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    Year Quarter
    ART 170
    Spring 2012
    David Walk

    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.