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COURSE NUMBER: CMNA 350
COURSE TITLE: Introduction to Motion Picture Production
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Gilbert Allan
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 3)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will examine the global film industry as both an art form and a business. Students will experience selected motion picture production activities in order to enhance their appreciation of the industry. This class will include lectures on film, viewing and discussion of film and practical experience in motion picture production. As a final project each student will produce their own short video.

Prerequisites: 3 credits of Drama or 3 credits of Communication Arts or consent of the department

Same as DRAM 350.
REQUIRED TEXTS: Filmmaking for Dummies by Bryan Michael Stoller
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Participation 20%
Comparative Analysis10%
Acting/Directing5%
Commercial5%
"One Scene" Screenplay5%
First Project20%
Budgt for Final Project5%
Final Project 30%
100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES:
  • to expose the inner workings of motion picture production
  • to explore a new creative medium
  • to introduce film criticism
  • to build practical skills in producing, directing, acting, budgeting, writing, shooting and editing film projects
COURSE OUTLINE: Students will be required to:
  • view three feature films from the approved list and share their insights while analyzing the various techniques used to create the story.
  • attend classroom discussions on digital filmmaking, the film industry, social media and film criticism.
  • participate in practical sessions working with a video camera to learn to create a “cinematic” or “film” look.
  • execute a number of “producing experiences” to enable them to complete a project for exhibition.
  • dissect and analyze existing screenplays.
  • write a “one scene” screenplay.
  • prepare and submit a budget for the final project.
  • work independently or with a group to create their own short films for public exhibition and be responsible for the entire production.


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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