Class Schedule and Due Dates

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Wed 01/23

Topics:

  • Orientation, instructor & student expectations, schedule & assignments
  • Individual student self-introductions with ‘meet and greet’ session
  • Form groups
  • The Story

Assignment #1 Issued: Research & Define types of shot composition (text + still pics)


Mon 01/28

Topics:

  • Scene Coverage -- composition, camera angles, shots, blocking.

Assignment #1 Due: Shot Composition

Assignment #2 Issued: Create video shots as examples of camera movements (zoom, pan, dolly, truck, crane). Cut from static shot to each of these moves; cut from movement to movement.


Wed 01/30

Topics:

  • Shot lists and story boards—planning & organizing productions

Production groups formed -- sign-ups for crew positions.

Begin preparing storyboards for film project.

Assignment #3 Issued: Continuous vs. Montage video scene


Mon 02/04

 Topics:

  • Pre-production & production workflow

Due: Storyboards and descriptive paragraph for Film Projects

Assignment #2 Due: camera movement

Assignment #4 Issued: Screen Direction


Wed 02/06 Topics:
  • Dramatic structure: conflict, character development and goals

Assignment #3 Due: Continuous vs. Montage video scene


Mon 02/11

Topics:

  • Bolex camera demo & hands-on: loading, operation & tripod use
  • Motion picture camera functions. Lenses, aperture, d-o-f.
  • Exposure theory & practice, light meters and hands-on usage

Assignment #4 Due: Screen Direction group video sequence


Wed 02/13

Topics:

  • Lighting
  • Individual Camera/Editing Film Project storyboards discussion

Assignment Issued: Group Video Project concept paragraphs (due Feb. 20)


Mon 02/18

Topics:

  • 16mm stocks for camera/editing assignment. Lab processing & transfers

Groups meet for story discussion, planning & scheduling


Wed 02/20

Topics:

  • Lighting continued                 
  • Filmmaking stages: concept-to-screen, production roles

Assignment Due: Group Video Project concept paragraphs and discussion


Mon 02/25

Topics:

  • Editing theory and techniques   
  • Demo: Editing procedures and equipment

Due: Group Video Project pitch to class


Wed 02/27

Topics:

  • Editing continued

Group Video Project PP discussions


Mon 03/04

Selected screenings of video assignments

Assignment Due: Group Video Project paragraph rewrites and discussions


Wed 03/06

Topics:

  • Post-production
  • Sound as storytelling: synch, ambient, and expressive 

Mon 03/11

Topics:

  • Post-production continued

Selected screenings of Assignment #1 


Wed 03/13 Group Video Project PP discussions

Mon 03/18

MID-TERM EXAM

Assignment Due: Video Project Rough Scripts


Wed 03/20

Mid-Term Exam results and discussion

Assignment Due: Camera/Editing Film Project raw footage dailies


Mon 03/25

Selected Screenings


Wed 03/27

Topics:

  • The Role of the Producer

Assignment Due: Group Video Project final scripts, storyboards, production schedules


Mon 04/01 University Holiday: Cesar Chavez Day (no class)

Wed 04/03 Assignment Due: Camera/Editing Film project rough cut screenings

Mon 04/08 Spring Break / NAB Week (no class)

Wed 04/10

Spring Break / NAB Week (no class)


Mon 04/15

Individual/Group conferences as needed

Assignment Due: Camera/Editing Film Project final cut for grade


Wed 04/17

Selected screenings of Camera/Editing Film Project


Mon 04/22

Topics:

  • The roll of the Production Designer

Assignment Due: Final Video Project raw footage dailies -- all groups


Wed 04/24

Screenings and discussion


Mon 04/29
Assignment Due: Picture Lock of Group Video Project (rough sound)

Wed 05/01

Screenings and discussion continued


Mon 05/06 Assignment Due: Final Cut of Group Video Project (mixed sound)

Wed 05/08

Final Exam Review

Assignment Due: Group Video Project DVD and Production Notebooks


Mon 05/13

FINAL EXAM: 8:00am—10:00am

Production Reports returned with evaluations and grades


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