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January 2018

Cinema Production Basics

January 16 @ 6:30 pm - March 13 @ 9:30 pm

9 sessions: Tuesdays, January 16–March 13, 6:30–9:30 pm This course is designed for students with little or no previous production experience and a keen interest in developing their skills in moving image arts. In addition to providing hands-on experience through production exercises and projects, the course places considerable emphasis on visual literacy and the application of film language. This includes the basics of storytelling, cinematography, lighting techniques, directing, and audio recording. Students work together to create cinematic scenes, covering the basic crew positions and…

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Elements of Screenwriting

January 18 @ 6:30 pm - March 8 @ 9:30 pm

8 sessions: Thursdays, January 18–March 8, 6:30–9:30 pm The course objective is to provide the beginning screenwriter with the tools and information necessary to get started on their first-draft screenplay, the first pages of which will be workshopped in the final two class sessions. Learning Objectives: The basics of the screenplay in format and content How a story idea or a piece of narrative fiction or non-fiction translates into a finished film Tricks for mastering three-act structure Tips on next…

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Advanced Screenwriting – Mastering the Second Act Slog

January 23 @ 6:30 pm - March 13 @ 9:30 pm

8 sessions: Tuesdays, January 23–March 13, 6:30–9:30 pm You’ve completed your first draft. Now what? You've rewritten your opening and polished those pages until they shine. And your third act's not bad either. But you know in your gut that 90% of what's still wrong with your screenplay lies in that highly problematic second act. It figures. This is the place where MOST of your story happens, after all. So, what do you need to do to develop and sustain a…

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Advanced Cinema Production

January 25 @ 6:30 am - March 22 @ 9:30 pm

9 sessions: Thursdays, January 25–March 22, 6:30–9:30 pm Picking up from our Cinema Production Basics class, this course is for filmmakers who are looking for more in-depth, hands-on production experience. Students participate in every part of the production of an original short film devised, developed, shot, and posted by the class. Among the areas of focus: Story – Conceiving a storyline and tailoring it to take the best advantage of available resources Cast & Crew – How to find the…

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February 2018

Bearing Witness: Composing Your Stories

February 5 @ 6:30 pm - March 12 @ 9:00 pm

7 sessions: Mondays, February 5–March 12, 6:30–9 pm Photographs can tell rich stories. Utilizing the Walker Art Center’s exhibition Adiós Utopia as a platform for developing visual literacy, this course will teach you to improve and expand your own composition techniques and make you a better storyteller with your camera. Class sessions include lecture, interactive discussion, assignments, and guided exercises, plus a viewing session to show the instructor and classmates your final project. There will also be a group Walker…

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