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April 2018

Cinema Production Basics

April 3 @ 6:30 pm - May 29 @ 9:30 pm

9 sessions: Tuesdays, April 3–May 29, 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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Basics of Adobe After Effects CC

April 4 @ 6:30 pm - May 9 @ 9:30 pm

6 sessions: Wednesdays, April 4–May 9, 6:30–9:30 pm Adobe After Effects Creative Cloud (for Mac) is an industry-standard program used to composite visual effects for major films and create animation for cartoons and stunning motion graphics for commercials. With After Effects you can add visual effects to your stills and footage, then bring them to life, adding titles and color correction. This course covers the fundamentals of the program, including a walkthrough of the software UI. We’ll start slow and…

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Elements of Screenwriting

April 5 @ 6:30 pm - May 24 @ 9:30 pm

8 sessions: Thursdays, April 5–May 24, 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

April 10 @ 6:30 pm - May 29 @ 9:30 pm

8 sessions: Tuesdays, April 10–May 29, 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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Short-Form Screenwriting

April 10 @ 6:30 pm - May 8 @ 9:30 pm

5 sessions: Tuesdays, April 10–May 8, 6:30–9:30 pm For writers and filmmakers, a short film can be an exciting way to tell a story, develop skills, and begin or advance their careers. And with the advent of the web series—which provides independent filmmakers the opportunity to tell longer, more complex stories in installments—there's never been a better time to start writing your short or episodic script. But where to begin? This course covers the fundamentals of screenwriting with a focus…

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