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Film & Cinematography

Film & Cinematography

Each student writes, shoots, directs, and edits films.

The educational objectives of the One-Year Filmmaking Program are to teach students the art and craft of filmmaking and to instruct students through a strict regimen of lectures, seminars, and total immersion workshops to help them excel in the creative art of filmmaking.

The Academy’s 1-Year Filmmaking Program gives students the all-around filmmaking experience necessary to make their own films. The year is divided into three semesters with one to two weeks of vacation, depending on the start date. Students in the program receive over 800 hours of hands-on instruction and actual production experience. The curriculum integrates intensive study in all the major filmmaking disciplines including cinematography, directing, screenwriting, producing, and editing. They all write, shoot, direct, and edit eight of their own short digital projects – including a thesis sync-sound project. Students shoot these projects using a DSLR in the first semester and the RED Scarlet HD camera in the second semester. All projects are edited digitally using Davinci Resolve and Final Cut software. Students are also trained in the use of 16mm film and 35mm film. Students have the option of shooting their projects in either of these two film formats, although the cost of shooting film is significantly higher than working in HD digital video.

 

  • ATAFOM Media & Communications Faculty One-Year Filmmaking Program is an accelerated full-time study program and does not provide for multiple tracks of study. All classes are mandatory.
  • This is a highly specialized program, and there are no majors or minors. Classes are lecture, seminar, and/or studio based. Lab and practicum instructional hours are treated as studio hours. The program may not be completed in less than two terms.
  • ATAFOM Media & Communications Office ensures that the student has fulfilled all academic requirements for the entire program, as well as all financial obligations to the school.
  • Student transcripts showing the awarding of the One-Year Certificate of Completion will be withheld until the student meets all academic and financial obligations.

Course Curriculum

1st Semester – 30 ECTS

  • The ability to work independently and collaboratively in a high-pressure creative environment.
  • An in-depth knowledge of digital video cameras and motion picture production.
  • A working knowledge of 16mm and 35mm cameras and film production.
  • The ability to write and pre-visualize a screenplay.
  • In-depth experience working as a director, producer, assistant director, director of photography, assistant cameraperson, gaffer, grip and sound mixer on student productions.
  • Mastery of Avid Media Composer digital editing software.
  • Knowledge of film history and film studies.
  • Knowledge of aesthetic film theory and experience with practical application of the same.
  • Put into practice the fundamentals of directing and visual storytelling.
  • Explore the foundations of High Definition video production and digital editing.
  • Experience full immersion in the craft of screenwriting
  • Serve as an actor, as well as a director, cinematographer, or assistant director on at least one production workshop overseen by instructors.
  • Acquire an introductory knowledge of the history of motion pictures.
  • Write direct and edit short projects including the end of semester digital dialogue film.

2nd Semester – 30 ECTS

  • Crew as cinematographer, gaffer, and/or assistant camera on approximately 15 additional projects.
  • Write a complete short film screenplay with dialogue.
  • Collaborate with classmates and instructors in Production Workshop exercises filmed on HD.
  • Develop a professional comprehension of directing, screenwriting, producing, sync-sound production, digital and film cinematography, and digital editing study and exercises.
  • Continued use of collaborative strategies and techniques, while on-set, and in constructive classroom screen and critique sessions.
  • Explore the role of the producer and implement advanced production tasks.
  • Serve as director, cinematographer, or assistant director on at least one production workshop overseen by instructors and shot on HD or 16mm film.
  • Shoot exercises on 35mm film as part of Camera and Lighting II.
  • Begin pre-production and develop a story and visual design for the Final One Year Film.
  • Demonstrate a competency of pre- production, shooting, and editing a short narrative film.
  • Apply the fundamentals of sound design.
  • Explore the fundamental elements of visual effects and feature film story development.
  • Create professional quality producing and directing production books.
  • Direct and edit a film of up to 15 minutes (shot on 16mm film, 35mm film, or High Definition Video).
  • Participate as a principal crew-member on fellow students’ films.

3rd Semester – 30 ECTS

Producing

Feature Screenwriting

Location Sound Recording

Cinematography

    Sync-Sound Filmmaking.   

Advanced Production Workshop

     35mm Filmmaking.    

Feature Film Directing

  Pre-Production, Production & Post-Production 

New Media

Advanced Post Production

Sound Stage Scene Workshop

Screenwriting I

Screenwriting II

Advanced Line Producing Workshop

Production Design

Applied Film Studies

The Business of Filmmaking

4rd Semester – 30 ECTS

Director’s Craft

Production Workshop

Hands-on Camera and Lighting

Editing

  Budgeting and Scheduling. 

Sound Editing and Design

Sound Design

The Lighting Package

  Hands-on Camera and Lighting – Digital Video  

  Special Lectures. 

The Camera Package

Documentary Filmmaking

Casting

Advanced Directing

Advanced Hands-on Camera

5th Semester – 30 ECTS

 

   Foundations in Graduate Studies   

   3   

ATAFOM 00MC1

Writing for Interactive Media

3

ATAFOM 00MC2

Master’s Capstone

3

   Electives (pick seven – 21 credits):   

   

ATAFOM 00MC3

Visual Design

3

ATAFOM 00MC4

Motion Across Media

3

ATAFOM 00MC5

Web Technologies

3

ATAFOM 00MC6

Audio and Video Design

3

6th Semester – 30 ECTS

   ATAFOM 00MC7   

   Principles of User Experience Design   

   3   

ATAFOM 00MC8

Content Strategy

3

ATAFOM 00MC9

Understanding Your Audience

3

ATAFOM 00MC10

Ideation, Prototyping and Testing

3

7th Semester – 30 ECTS

   ATAFOM 00MC7   

   Principles of User Experience Design   

   3   

ATAFOM 00MC8

Content Strategy

3

ATAFOM 00MC9

Understanding Your Audience

3

ATAFOM 00MC10

Ideation, Prototyping and Testing

3

8th Semester – 30 ECTS

   ATAFOM 00MC11   

Visual Storytelling

   3   

ATAFOM 00MC12

   Social Media Practice and Techniques   

3

ATAFOM 00MC13

Social Media Analytics

3

ATAFOM 00MC14

Content Creation

3

ATAFOM 00MC15

Data Visualization

3

ATAFOM 00MC16

Independent Study

3

ATAFOM 00MC17

Graduate Internship

3

Department Contact Info

Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communications

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