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Film & Television Program

Film and Television Course Descriptions

BULLETIN COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

FLTV 105    INTRODUCTION TO EDITING            4 units

Teaches the technical language of editing and the major software editing programs.  Introduces the concept of aesthetics, rhythm, and directing where the eye looks within the frame.

FLTV 108    STORY FUNDAMENTALS                4 units

An introductory course to the fundamental elements of a story; including beginning/middle/end, character, objective and obstacle, connection and conflict, dialogue, script format, and practice writing short scripts.

FLTV 110    SHORT SCRIPTWRITING                4 units

The craft of telling a story with a beginning, middle, and end in a short amount of time.  Short form storytelling runs the gamut from the 30-second spot to short films, web series, and television comedy or drama.  While the focus is on writing, many of the elements of cinematic storytelling (how to tell stories using visual elements) will be introduced.

FLTV 112    BASIC PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES            4 units

Introduces the craft, vocabulary, and technology of production – everything from casting, to framing a shot, to capturing audio, to editing.  This course will teach you the basic technical skills needed to make a short digital film.

FLTV 115    TELEVISION PRODUCTION    1            4 units

A course that gets into the nuts-and-bolts of on-set television production with the student creating their own television-style content on a working soundstage.

FLTV 118    HISTORY OF MOVING PICTURES            4 units

From Edison to the talkies, from New York to Los Angeles to International Film, this survey course provides a basic vocabulary of the major trends and personalities in film and television history.

FLTV 125    FILM PRODUCTION 1                4 units

A course that gets into the nuts-and-bolts of on-set film production with the student creating their own film-style content.  This course emphasizes location work over soundstage work and introduces the basics of creating narrative structure with lighting and composition.  Safety and protocol on set is emphasized.

FLTV 130    PRODUCTION SOUND                4 units

Teaches the vocabulary and theory of audio design with a practical focus.  Each student will apply classroom theory to creating on-set audio track for a film and/or television production.

FLTV 211    WRITING FOR TELEVISION - COMEDY        4 units

Develop skills specific to writing comedy spec scripts for the web series or the half-hour sitcom.  The course re-creates the dynamic of a writers’ room.  Students will create an original comedy series. Recommended that student take FLTV 108 and FLTV 110 before taking this course.

FLTV 212    WRITING FOR TELEVISION - DRAMA        4 units

Develop skills specific to writing spec scripts for the one-hour drama series.  The course re-creates the dynamic of a writers’ room is re-created.  Students will create an original dramatic series.  Recommended that student take FLTV 108 and FLTV 110 before taking this course.

FLTV 221    DEVELOPING THE FEATURE SCREENPLAY    4 units

Study the three-act narrative structure for feature and documentary films.  Students will write an outline, a treatment, and the first draft of a feature-length screenplay.  The course is taught as a combination lecture / workshop course with increasing knowledge of theory expressed in written work.  Recommended that student take FLTV 108 and FLTV 110 before taking this course.

FLTV 225    STORYBOARDING                    4 units

An introduction to the art and craft of storyboarding from the perspective that storyboarding is directing on paper.  Students will explore and utilize the various methods available, from pen and paper to computer programs to create storyboards for specific projects.  Recommended that student take ARTS 224 or have a basic ability to draw before taking this course.

FLTV 227    COLLOQUIUM                    6 units

Professionals in various arenas of television and filmmaking will share their skills in one-day seminars.  One unit per quarter is offered.  Transfer students may substitute an elective course to make-up missed credits.

FLTV 231    POST-PRODUCTION SOUND                4 units

Students will learn the tools of digital post-production sound mixdown.  Special attention is given to audio techniques designed to underscore a story and enhance emotion.

FLTV 247    ACTING FOR DIRECTORS                4 units

Student directors will learn to analyze a script and work with actors to bring a story to life on the screen.  Fellow students function as actors in a rehearsal process that utilizes improvisational techniques and problem solving toward the goal of eliciting convincing performances.  A review is included of actor’s tools and a discussion of their exploration.  Recommended that students take DRAM 246E before taking this course.

FLTV 265    HISTORY OF AMERICAN CINEMA            4 units

A survey of American Cinema that includes discussion and screening of classic American films.  Students will engage in artistic, cultural, historical, and political analyses of these films.

FLTV 275    LIGHTING                        4 units

A practical course in utilizing the technical elements of lighting a scene combined with an introduction to the aesthetic choices involved in creating tone and painting with light.   This course is a foundational course for those interested in further studies in cinematography.  Recommended that students take FLTV 112 before taking this course.

FLTV 305    DRAMATIC FORM                    4 units

The course explores the forms of tragedy, drama (and its genres), comedy (and its genres), and farce in the context of contemporary Realism (both ‘kitchen sink’ and magical).  Comparisons and contrasts will be drawn with expressions of these dramatic forms in the Classical and Romantic eras.

FLTV 322    SCREENWRITING                    4 units

In this course a student rewrites and polishes an existing screenplay.  This course begins with a student’s completed or nearly completed feature screenplay and takes a closer look at the ‘tool chest’ screenwriting craft makes available to assist the writer in using the rewrite process to make improvements.  Recommended that students take FLTV 221 before taking this course.

FLTV 323    ADVANCED SCREENWRITING            4 units

A master class for the near-professional screenwriter.  Students in this limited enrollment course will learn from each other and from the professor as problems in specific scripts are discovered and resolved.  By the end of the course, the student should have a completed spec script.  Recommended that students take FLTV 322 before taking this course.  Students must have a completed screenplay before enrolling in this course.

FLTV 330    EDITING FOR STORY                    4 units

Advanced course in how to combine the craft of editing with the craft of storytelling as a means to use the tools available to an editor to effectively tell a story and enhance emotion.  More attention is paid to the selection and sequencing of images than to the mechanics of editing, which the student should already know before taking this course.  Recommended that students take FLTV 105 or demonstrate ability to use Avid editing software before taking this course.

FLTV 361    PRE-PRODUCTION                    4 units

This is the first of a three-quarter sequence.  The focus of this course is to collaborate with fellow students to develop a project of sufficient scope to justify three quarters of effort.  During this quarter of pre-production, the student will select a completed script ready for production, complete budgeting and scheduling, a storyboard, assemble cast and crew, set up locations and permits, and more as needed to complete pre-production.

FLTV 362    PRODUCTION                        4 units

This is the second of a three-quarter sequence.  The focus of this course is to collaborate with fellow students to produce a project of sufficient scope to justify three quarters of effort.  During this quarter of production, the student will produce and complete filming of their visual project.

FLTV 363    POST-PRODUCTION                    4 units

This is the third of a three-quarter sequence.  The focus of this course is to collaborate with fellow students to complete a project of sufficient scope to justify three quarters of effort.  During this quarter of post-production, the student will oversee or accomplish the editing, audio, color correction, scoring, and more as needed to complete a final version of the creative project.

FLTV 375    CINEMATOGRAPHY                    4 units

Students will learn to create a ‘look’ for a film that reveals the action and the world of a story.   Specific study areas will include framing and composition, selection of lenses, choice of focus and exposure, use of lighting, and the arrangement of elements to create a desired effect.  Recommended that students take FLTV 275 before taking this course.

FLTV 376    ADVANCED CINEMATOGRAPHY            4 units

Further study of the techniques learned in FLTV 375 Cinematography along with the impact of film stock and digital image-capture technologies.  Additional techniques, such as color correction and time-lapse cinematography, are introduced.  Recommended that students take FLTV 375 before taking this course.

FLTV 380    DIRECTING                        4 units

This is a practical workshop that emphasizes the visual realization of scripts. Through video exercises and assignments in class, the course explores directorial choices in art direction, camera placement, and editing through a series of exercises and discussion.

FLTV 427    COLLOQUIUM                    6 units

Professionals in various arenas of television and filmmaking will share their skills in one-day seminars.  One unit per quarter is offered.  Transfer students may substitute an elective course to make-up missed credits.

FLTV 477    SENIOR THESIS                    4 units (repeatable)

Film or television projects created by advanced students that showcase the creative, technical, and / or business skills learned.  Proposals must be pitched to a faculty review panel for approval.  A specific project may extend across more than one academic quarter.  Completed projects should serve to help launch a student in their chosen career.

FLTV 486    MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION            4 units

Students will study two models of film distribution: that of a major studio and that of independent films.  Major studio distribution topics will include devising a release plan, analyzing grosses, scheduling bookings, creating a marketing and advertising campaign, and independent film acquisition.  Independent film distribution will cover festival circuits and markets, educational and short film distribution, independent features (domestic and foreign), fundraising, and working with sales agents.

FLTV 487    PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES                4 units

Examines film and television business practices and the transition from an academic environment to a professional career.  Topics covered include basic media law, reels, resumes, contracts, graduate school applications, and agent / manager representation.

FLTV 497    INTERNSHIP                        4 units (repeatable)

On-the-job training experience in the professional environment as it relates to the student's area of emphasis.  (Permission of instructor required)

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