2019 Summer Film Class Syllabus

Syllabus Summer Film Class

Introduction to Film Production

This course offers an introduction to the fundamental elements and processes of film production. It will focus on the qualities of the films and images as a 2-dimension visual art form. Additionally, students will be introduced to acting, dancing, lighting, screenplay writing, and video production sound. Students will work in digital video and edit in Final Cut Pro or BackMagic DaVinci Resolve 16. All necessary equipment will be provided by Supportive Housing Associations and Tacoma Public Library. Students may also use their own gears and software to complete assignments outside of class time.

After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Create a digital short film project;
  2. Have a basic understanding of film pre-production, production, and post-production;
  3. Have a basic knowledge of common terms in cinematic language.

Group process and collaboration are essential parts of this course. Attendance is a must! At the end of the fourth week, a drawing and prizes will be awarded to students with the best attendance.

Week 1 – Introduction Week

Week 2 – Fundamental Elements of Film Production (July 2 & 3)

Films to watch for next week:

  • The Shape of Water – Guillermo del Toro
  • Wasteland, 2010 documentary -Lucy Walker
  • Seven Samurai – Akira Kurosawa

Week 3 – Group Screenwriting

  • 3 Point Lighting Presentation (John)
  • Re-edit Short Video “Bad Joke”
  • Group Selections
  • Write Screenplay for Film Contest (Group)
  • Editing and transition
  • Intern Lectures:
    • The Shape of Water – Guillermo del Toro;
    • Wasteland, 2010 documentary. Lucy Walker;
    • Akira Kurosawa – Seven Samurai.

Week 4 – Pre Production & Production Week

Week 5-6: Post Production

  • Library Media Studio
    Mac Adobe Premiere
    Tacoma Moore Library
    215 S 56th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98408
  • Final Group Video Review July 31, 4 pm – 5:30 pm
    Olympic Room
    Tacoma Moore Library
    215 S 56th Ave,
    Tacoma, WA 98408