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Fundamentals of Filmmaking

Movies, television, streaming web content—we are surrounded by stories that pull us in and capture our attention. But how do they work? It’s a vast landscape of innovative plot structures and ever-evolving high-tech equipment. Through discussion and lecture, we will explore how filmmakers throughout history have used this unique blend of technology and story to reach audiences. Learn who is on a film set and what they do, what equipment is needed, how the cameras work, and what goes in to telling a compelling story. At the end of the class, you will have a broad view of the entire filmmaking process, which is an ideal starting point for those interested in everything from screenwriting to acting, directing to cinematography, and digital effects to producing. Build the essential tools to begin telling your own stories using the medium of motion pictures.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • The collaborative sense necessary for the production of film and video
  • An understanding and appreciation of production aesthetics, techniques, and technologies

Ideal for

  • Beginning filmmakers and producers
  • Photographers and cinematographers
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.