RTV 322.002 Course Outline

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If you don't read and study, you have not earned the right to complain.  Our goal here is substantive learning, not  credit for a class.  The course outline shows you what to read each week--always come to class prepared.

REMINDER:  You may NOT shoot any stunts at any time as part of any work for the class.  Doing so causes automatic failure of the course.

This is for the Monday-Wednesday 4:00 class


Week 1      (8/26-28)            Reading to complete this week:  Chapter 1

Monday:  First thoughts about filmmaking.  Filmmaking versus moviemaking.  Film versus HD video.  Ideas about script writing--creative ideas.  'AIS formula.'    Artistic movies vs. Hollywood formula.  Bottom line:  making money as a filmmaker.  Short films market?  Internet and film festivals--promoting a career but not moneymaking.

Wednesday:  Overview of specifics about developing, writing and pitching scripts.  Assignment--start working on a 10-minute short film script.  Concept due next week; treatment and outline due third week; script due fourth week.

Filmmaking Chapter 1 study questions  (linked here)



Week 2    (9/4)                      Reading to complete by Wednesday class:  Chapter 11

Wed class:  CLASS WILL START AT 4:15 and go until 5:30 today, instead of 4:00 to 5:15.  A typed concept is due at the start of class, as discussed in Week 1.  This will be about 4-7 sentences describing what you would write a treatment then script for as a short film project.  This must be your firm idea--changes after Wednesday will have a signficant grade impact on Project 4.  The treatment is then due at the start of next Wednesday's class.  See Chapter 1 and do online searches for tips, tutorials and guidance.  

As always, class may start with a short quiz over assigned reading.  Today's quiz would include Chapters 1 and 11.

Introduction and overview of terminology of 'visual storytelling.'    Based on changes related to plans with the graduate film class -- the projects for this course have been adjusted.  See the updated syllabus here.

Chapter 11:   _______ is the shooting of any scenes that involve the main actors, which is the majority of a movie and involvrs the director and first unit crew.    DP stands for __________ .     The ________ unit camera crew shoots insert shots, plates for visual effects, stunts, and any other sequences that do not involve the main actors.  What are the realities of a film-shoot production schedule?   A typical production day lasts ____ hours, not including lunch.    _______ is a typical official call time when the crew is ready to work and, based on that _____ is the standard completion time--but, if shooting continues beyond that time, ______ is served and ________ begins for the crew.  (ETC>continue making notes and studying.  More may be added later: check back)  All for this chapter are LINKED HERE



Week 3    (9/10-12)             Reading to complete by Monday class:  Chapter 12 

Watch 'Magic of Movie Editing' this week--you may have to watch this outside class.

Monday:  Complete introductory 'visual storytelling' overview as needed.  As always, possible quiz over assigned reading. Revisit initial issues of writing / developing content related to producing and directing.

Wednesday:  Chapter Exam 1 over Chapters 1, 11, 12.  See review materials and notes you should have taken during class discusions.