Concentration Electives:

FLM 262

Acting for Directors

Studio, 3 Credit Hours

By learning how and why actors do what they do, directors can better communicate their vision. Students study basic acting technique and work through a series of exercises that culminate in the performance of scenes and monologues. This course focuses on understanding truthfulness in performance as well as the steps to creating believable characterizations. Students improve their imagination, increase their instincts for honest interaction, and develop a useful vocabulary for communicating with actors.

FLM 301

Production Fundamentals

Studio, 3 Credit Hours

A study of the creative, organizational and managerial aspects of producing a feature film. A step-by-step analysis of each stage of production is provided, including concept development, formulation of production plan, script breakdown, production boarding, budgeting, assembling cast, crew, locations and facilities, and post production. (FLM 210)

FLM 330

Advanced Screenwriting

Studio, 3 Credit Hours

Students continue their study of story by concentrating on the feature-length film script. This course takes a more detailed, in-depth approach to dramatic storytelling that involves a study of Campbellian myth and Jungian psychology. Includes a lab. (FLM 204)

FLM 362

Advanced Directing

Studio, 3 Credit Hours

This course focuses on two main areas: directing the actor and cultivating a unique voice. Through scene work, students refine their skills in casting, characterization, script analysis, communication with actors, exploration of the rehearsal process, scene pacing and working in different genres. In addition, students embark upon a detailed study of a mentor director, and research and present the varied elements that comprise that individual’s style. (FLM 211, 261)

FLM 371

Motion Picture Lighting: Advanced Cinematography

Studio, 3 Credit Hours

An in-depth study of the capturing of a specific look, style or mood for a dramatic narrative script. Students solve both technical and creative problems as they shoot dramatic scenes and explore various film stocks, processing procedures, and advanced video techniques. (FLM 221)

FLM 391

Intermediate Editing

Studio, 3 Credit Hours

The second of three courses in motion picture editing. Provides further discussion and practice in the craft of editing and the role of the editor in the filmmaking process. The class will include at least four diverse editing projects. Provides extensive practice in editorial techniques, using mostly the Avid editing system. Closely examines the art of sound effects and music editing as it occurs in the picture’s cutting room, the sound designer’s studio, and the music editing facility. Looks at preparation for turnover to MX & FX, working with the composer and his editor, and assisting the director in supervision the final mix. In addition, there will be time given to an examination of the basic tools of After Effects, titling (as it is done both inside and outside the cutting room), and film finishing. Finally, there will be practice in “group editing”, that is, two or three editors assigned to a single project. (FLM 291)

FLM 392

Film Sound II

Studio, 3 Credit Hours

An advanced class in audio postproduction for film. Students work in a post-production recording studio learning Foley, dialogue replacement, advanced signal processing, advanced microphone techniques, and 5.1 surround sound mixing techniques using Pro Tools audio software. Students also work in teams to complete a final surround audio mix on completed upper-division productions. (FLM 291, 292)

FLM 431

Screenwriting Workshop

Studio, 3 Credit Hours

In the culmination of screenwriting study, students write, read, critique, and revise scripts for features, television, and short films. (FLM 330)

FLM 490

Advanced Editing

Studio, 3 Credit Hours

Students learn to cut on an Avid digital editing system. Editing students take an upper level short narrative project (from FLM 310 or 410) from a rough cut to a fine cut, prepped for sound editing. (Instructor consent)