The Digital Filmmaking and Video Production program was designed to teach students all aspects of high-definition cinema and video production, and broadcast. From basic to advanced classes, students will receive hands-on education using up-to-date technology found in the field and used by digital media professionals worldwide for any type of video production. We cover each stage of video production in blocks, and students will progress through more advanced projects and processes in each block. In each film school course, students will be given projects to develop their skills as they would apply them in the real world.

  • Program Name: Digital Filmmaking & Video Production
  • Total Clock Hours: 744
  • Hours – Instruction: 536
  • Hours – Lab: 168
  • Hours – Internship: 40
  • Notes: Courses are designed to be taken in order as numbered, i.e. course 101 is taken prior to course 102.

Students will learn that no matter what role a person plays in the development of a movie or television broadcast, every crew member is responsible for enhancing the script through the use of specific storytelling techniques that manipulate an audience’s mood and understanding of the conceptual world of film and television. By focusing on the art and science of visual storytelling, and using specific examples from movies past and present, we will uncover a multitude of techniques that can be applied to any cinematic or video production project in every aspect of the entertainment business. Students will discover the various jobs and requirements in the digital cinema industry, learn to write scripts using standard Hollywood guidelines, learn to create budgets and schedules, and learn the art of the pitch to present project ideas to clients.

Students will become familiar with the technical aspects of digital video production, grammar, and syntax of cinema. They will learn camera techniques, lighting, production, sound, gripping, and HD camera systems.

Students are first introduced to the concept of career development, what it means, and its monumental purpose in helping them find a job in their field of study after graduating film school. They will focus on the design of their own personal portfolio which will include a cover letter, resume, and business card, and tips for self-marketing on social media outlets like SoundCloud, Youtube, and Vimeo. This week is wrapped up by covering interviewing skills with an instructor-led mock interview session.

Students will be introduced to the fundamental techniques and concepts of digital video, editing principles, and visual storytelling. The concept of visual storytelling will be explored and analyzed within various media projects to demonstrate the importance of constructing a fully developed idea using images. The course will review the process of video editing throughout the entire development of a media project. There is an emphasis on footage sequencing and story continuity, plus the use of visual effects, color correction, media management, narration, and industry terminology. Students will also be introduced to the importance of sound in the post environment. They will also be introduced to animation techniques, and the basics of motion graphic design. They will learn how to develop their own company logo, as well as produce, edit, and composite visual effects to a video production project.

Students will apply these concepts to future media projects that showcase effective storytelling through the use of technology. By the end of this course, students will be ready to start their first video production.

Students will begin to work on their first two projects, a commercial and a testimonial video for a local business client, in which they will apply their knowledge from previous classes. They will learn the principles of interviewing talent and shooting supporting footage as a news team.

As post-production unfolds, students will begin editing each of the projects that was shot during this course. They will utilize the post-production concepts that they have learned to date such as dialogue editing, scene transitions, time and space perception, tempo, sound effects, and editing with music and mood changes to enhance their final video production projects.

Here, students will learn the basic elements of broadcast television. From preparing for a newscast to shooting ENG style programming, students will be exposed to the differences between a hard news and a feature story, as well as the many different career paths within a news station. Students will also learn how to set-up, produce, and edit a newscast.

The second week of Career Development will center in on a student’s internship and academic experience. Students will learn how to update the portfolios created in the first week of Career Development. This week will also cover proper networking skills and business etiquette. Students finish off the week by making sure all of their requirements are met for film school graduation

Students will develop and produce two additional advanced video production projects: a music video and a documentary. They will understand the principles of shooting uncontrolled action and how to work with real clients.

Students will edit these projects using their skills acquired in previous courses.

Students will complete a short film using everything they have learned to date and apply those skills to that project. Students will apply their knowledge of pre-production by breaking down a script, creating a budget, developing a schedule, casting talent, scouting locations, and much more. Students will also apply advanced video production techniques of camera and lighting.

By the end of this course, students will finalize their short film. At this level, students should also have a working knowledge of advanced editing techniques including color correction, dialogue editing, storytelling techniques, sound effects and applying musical compositions.

Under the supervision of a professional, student internships are conducted in the many fields of graphic design and web development. Student skills will be assessed and the internship will provide students with the opportunity to further develop business skills and gain exposure to the work environment.

Internships will allow film school students to take initiative and become accountable for their experience. F.I.R.S.T. Institute encourages students to make lasting relationships and also to practice the skills learned during Career Development, class lectures, and hands-on training. Practical training for each student will vary considerably, but all opportunities should teach students about their industry and set expectations for entry-level employment upon graduation from film school.