Film 3: Advanced Production

This course is designed for advanced-level FILM students. Over the course of the semester students will conceive, develop, write produce, direct, and edit two short digital film or media projects in a workshop environment: one individual or duo project; and one group project according to professional film role practices. The course begins with a producing practicum looking at the five phases of production (development, pre-production, production, post-production, marketing/distribution) from a producer's perspective, including the detailed process of script breakdown, scheduling, and budgeting. The filmmaking fundamentals discussed in class will be brought into practice in the field. Students will participate in a series of practical exercises focusing on story development, creating character, use of locations, actions, situations, and themes. Students will be expected to crew on each other's productions in various crew positions according to industry-standard production roles. Field trips into the professional film world are an important part of the class, including a four-day trip to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah (optional, but participation is strongly encouraged).