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Filmmaking is an intensive and highly practical course aimed at those dedicated to pursuing a career in film. Practical Filmmaking alumni are working full-time in the film or television industries.
By the end of the course you will have written, produced, directed and edited; with the support of a professional Script Editor and Editor; three short films and numerous exercises, the last of which will be your graduation film made over a three-month period.
In addition to these practical examples of your work, you will understand and be proficient in directing, producing, screenwriting, editing, directing actors for the camera, cinematography, sound recording and design. Furthermore, by completing numerous practical exercises and collaborating on your fellow students’ films, you will gain an understanding of the various roles required in film production.

FIRST YEAR

Fall Semester

Code Course Name T P C
FLM 100 Project Proposal I 3 3 6
FLM 102 Cinema History 4 0 4
FLM 104 Screen Writing I 3 3 6
FLM 106 New Media Technologies 2 2 4
FLM 108 Cinematography I 3 2 6
FLM 110 Sound Recording I 1 3 4
Total Credit 30

Spring Semester

Code Course Name T P C
FLM 101 Directing I 3 3 6
FLM 103 Edit Theory (The Art of Editing) 2 2 4
FLM 105 Script Supervising 3 3 6
FLM 107 Editing I 2 2 4
FLM 109 Cinematography II 3 3 6
FLM 111 Sound Editing & Design I 1 3 4
Total Credit 30

SECOND YEAR

Fall Semester

Code Course Name T P C
FLM 200 Project Proposal II 3 3 6
FLM 202 Producing 2 2 4
FLM 204 Screenwriting II 3 3 6
FLM 206 Directing II 2 2 4
FLM 208 Cinematography III 3 3 6
FLM elective   2 2 4
Total Credit 30

Spring Semester

Code Course Name T P C
FLM 201 Project 3 3 6
FLM 203 Production Management 3 3 6
FLM 205 Sound Editing & Design II 1 3 4
FLM 207 Editing II 2 2 4
FLM 209 Career & Portfolio Development 3 3 6
FLM elective   2 2 4
Total Credit 30

Elective Courses:
FLM 210 Documentary Theory & Practice (2, 2, 4)
FLM 211 TV Adv. (2, 2, 4)
FLM 212 Visual Effects (2, 2, 4)
FLM 213 English Literature (2, 2, 4)
FLM 214 Sound Recording II

Description of Courses

FLM 100 Project Proposal I
This course meets throughout the student’s first quarter to introduce them to the short thesis film project that will be produced in the second quarter. The instructor will guide students through selecting a topic, developing a screenplay, writing character descriptions, location lists, character bios, and more. This course ties in the curriculum from other courses taken simultaneously and acts as a platform for discussion of any production issues and/or concerns students may have towards independent filmmaking.



FLM 102 Cinema History
Students will gain an understanding and appreciation of the origins and history of film by considering film history from a narrative, social and aesthetic point of view. They will grasp an understanding of the technological advances and changes throughout history and learn about the directors who helped shape world cinema. Students will learn to appreciate the global scope of film history through discussions in class with assigned films to watch from around the world.

FLM 104 Screenwriting I
Students will be introduced to the craft of screenwriting by developing their own ideas into a dramatic narrative story, which will become their short thesis script. In this course, students will learn the elements that shape a screenplay: plot, character, dialogue, descriptive action, narrative structure, formatting, genre and theme. Students will read and critique each others work in class, perform writing exercises related to the elements of screenwriting, study film clips for scene analysis, develop skills in pitching, and develop an understanding of the film industry from the perspective of a screenwriter.

FLM 106 Directing I
In this course, students will be introduced to the art and craft of directing. They will be taught how to translate written stories to the screen and how a director breaks down the elements of a script to convey to their actors. Students will also learn different techniques of auditioning actors in order to choose the right actor for the role. They will learn how to get the best performance from an actor with limited time and how to properly communicate with actors and crew to realize your vision.

FLM 108 Cinematography I
In this hands-on course, students will be working with the latest digital camera equipment to grasp an understanding of visual storytelling through different shooting and lighting techniques. Students will perform in class exercises on how to light various scenes and how it impacts the tone of a film as well as scheduled labs that allow time for students to complete out of class assignments. In this course, students will learn the role of the cinematographer on set and how the transition from film to digital has altered the profession.

FLM 110 Sound Recording I
This course teaches students to become familiar with sound’s role in film, to understand how both audio production and post-production sound design contribute to the filmmaking process. Students will apply location sound production theories and techniques, and become familiar with the language of audio professionals and the equipment they use, current industry practices used by sound recordists/mixers and boom operators. Fundamental best practices are emphasized. Students will understand current industry practices, its limits, benefits and disadvantages. Thus, students will understand and choose effective methods and tools to record sound for their own film projects. The course contains lectures, reading assignments, as well as hands-on practice sessions with scheduled labs to work on group projects.

FLM 105 Script Supervising
This intense professionally-based workshop is designed to teach the necessary skills for a career as a script supervisor. Through lecture, in-class exercises, assignments and visuals, students learn the proper techniques to work effectively as a script supervisor including what to watch for, how and why to make continuity notes, how to handle the paperwork and how to work effectively with the Director and crew.Topics Covered include: preparing and breaking down scripts, calculating page-count, blocking and screen direction, maintaining continuity of actors’ actions, wardrobe, make-up, and props, cueing dialogue for actors, lining the script for coverage, script notes for the editor, timing scenes, production reports shot descriptions, camera / lighting diagrams, assigning scene and take number, tools of the trade, set etiquette and procedures.

FLM 103 Edit Theory (The Art of Editing)
Through in class screenings of edited scenes and lab writing exercises, students will be introduced to the theory of editing, and learn the historical evolution of film editing. Students will understand the psychology of making a cut, learn various styles of editing according to genre, and understand the importance of sound mixing, music, ambient sound and rhythm. Students will learn how to critique different editing styles, hot to negotiate a cut creatively, and how to put theory into practice through review of individual student thesis film projects.

FLM 107 Editing I
This course introduces students to the art of editing software. Students will learn the technical skills needed to input, edit and output a film while understanding how the methodology of editing differs between short films, narrative features, documentary features, music videos, promotional films, and commercial work. Discussion and critique of student work will occur in class as well as in class editing projects. Scheduled labs accompany class time with outside help from other FLM staff and faculty.

FLM 202 Producing
Film Production combines the skills of engineering and the craft of art: the engineering part plans and executes; the art portion deals with surprises and the unplanned. It is a challenging but rewarding field of endeavor, one that is highly complex, unpredictable and drains the resilience of even the toughest and the smartest. The role of the Producer is essential to every film production, from the smallest indie project to the largest Hollywood blockbuster. In this class, students will learn the complex skills in a step-by-step approach, with an emphasis on “best practices,” and a large collection of tools and methodologies. Students will gain a firm understanding of the measurable goals of a film producer, learn the process and procedures of film production, master the tools and forms of production, and create a production book with all forms and permits.

FLM 111 Sound Editing & Design I
In this course, students will be introduced to post-production sound editing for film, video and television. Topics covered include sound impurities, sound consistency, sound perspective, mixing and mastering, using necessary software as a platform to do so. Students will also learn how to import projects from other editing software and platforms.

FLM 202 New Media Technologies
Students will learn the latest advanced digital software and hardware filmmaking technologies at the highest industry standards. Students will learn Cinema cameras, workflow, file formats, and more.Students will learn all the relevant New Media technologies necessary for filmmaking from Pre Production to Production to Post Production.

FLM 209 Career & Portfolio Development
In this course, students will focus on their future endeavors after leaving the NEU Filmmaking . They will learn how to write an effective cover letter, resume, produce a portfolio of the film projects.

FLM 200 Project Proposal II
The Project Proposal course provides students with guidance and feedback on the production of their advanced digital film project. During the class sessions, students will be guided through the production process and participate in discussion, feedback and critique on each individual student film project.

FLM 204 Screenwriting II
This course builds on the basic foundation of screenwriting, using the fundamental elements of plot and structure, character, dialogue, genre and theme. This course expands on the student’s understanding and development of the screenwriting craft. Students will focus on writing and polishing a short thesis film screenplay, working outside of class at scheduled lab times to complete it. The class is made up of in class writing exercises focused on character, dialogue, theme, discussion and critique of student work, analyzing film sequences, and comparing these to the production screenplay. Students will also enhance their skills in pitching, and greater understanding of the film industry.

FLM 206 Directing II
In this advanced directing course, students will be shown how to go beyond simply realizing their vision and achieve the complex task of emotionally effective directing. Students in this course will go beyond the technical aspects and into the more advanced goals of emotionally affecting the audience as desired.

FLM 109 Cinematography II
In this advanced course, students will be working with the latest high end digital camera equipment to understand and apply the advantages provided by the highest end cinema technology. . This is an intensive hand on course with scheduled lab times outside of class to work on course assignments.

FLM 203 Production Management
In this course, students will learn how to schedule and budget a film using the industry standard software. Students will build their own budget and schedule for their own screenplays, gain a better understanding of the Production Management process, and master these skills.

FLM 207 Editing II
This course teaches advanced editing techniques using editing software. Although visual editing is emphasized, sound editing will also be discussed. Through in-class lectures, class exercises and evaluation and critique of student work, students gain a strong understanding of the post-production process and refine editing techniques for a professional production level.

FLM 205 Sound Editing & Design II
This advanced course teaches advanced sound editing techniques using latest software. Through in-class lectures, class exercises and evaluation and critique of student work, students gain a strong understanding of the post-production process and refine editing techniques to a professional production level.

FLM 210 Documentary Theory & Practice
This course provides students with an understanding of the theory and practice of documentary filmmaking, from concept through post-production. Class discussion topics will include; the issues and challenges of documentary production-style, approach, ethics, verisimilitude, logistics, locations, research, interview techniques, treatment writing, shooting, post-production editing, production books, and new technologies. Classes will be made up of in class discussions and screenings of parts of documentaries. Upon completion of this course, students will have written their own documentary treatment.

FLM 213 Advanced Sound Recording II
Today’s motion pictures involve vast amounts of sound work, starting from location sound recording. In the Advanced Sound Recording Course, students will learn advanced techniques used on the set with professional equipment to achieve good quality sound. Beginning with a review of foundation elements and principles of recording sound through boom microphone into the camera, students will then move on to learning advanced sound recording techniques by working with a sound mixer and recording sound to a recording device.

FLM 220 Film Workshops
These are intensive practical filmmaking workshops with known film directors and scriptwriters in the industry. There will be weekend, one week, one month workshops.