The Digital Filmmaking and Video Production program is designed to teach students all aspects of high-definition cinema, video development, live video production, and post production. From basic introductory classes to advanced, students will receive hands-on education using up-to-date technology found in the field and used by professionals for any type of production. Each stage of production is covered in blocks where students progress through more advanced projects and processes in each. Students will be given grounded real-world projects to develop their skills as they would apply them in eventual employment.
- Program: Digital Filmmaking & Video Production
- Total Clock Hours: 900
- Hours – Instruction: 665
- Hours – Lab: 235
- DFVP 101 - Storytelling
- DFVP 102 - Video Technology
- CD 101 - Career Development 1
- DFVP 103 - Digital Video Editing
- DFVP 104 - Digital Video Effects
- DFVP 105 - New Media Production 1
- DFVP 106 - New Media Production 2
- CD 201 - Career Development 2
- DFVP 107 - Live Video Production
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. This is done 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, classes will uncover a multitude of techniques that can be applied to any cinematic or television 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, create budgets and schedules, and most importantly learn the art of the pitch to present project ideas to clients.
Projects completed in DFVP 101:
Students will become familiar with the technical aspects of digital video production including the language and grammar used by professional technicians. They will learn fundamental camera techniques including building camera rigs, lens selection, and proper camera maintenance. Lighting concepts like 3-point lighting, chroma lighting, luma lighting, as well as alternative lighting for specific genres are covered. Sound for production and post production is discussed including the proper techniques for using wireless systems, lavaliers, and shotgun microphones. A basic understanding of power and electrics is also covered helping students with safety and proper usage of electricity on set or stage. HD and UHD camera systems including 2K and 4K cameras are exposed to classes including their specific workflows and considerations for editing in the future.
Projects completed in DFVP 102:
• Short Film Scene
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. They will focus on the design of their own personal portfolio which will include a cover letter, resume, business card, and self marketing social media outlets like SoundCloud, Behance and Vimeo. This week is deeply focused on helping students get the skills necessary to obtain an internship. The week is wrapped up by covering interviewing skills with an instructor-led mock interview session.
Projects completed in CD 101:
• Resume and Cover Letter (1st Draft)
• Social Media
• Mock Interview
Students will cover 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 moving images. The course will instruct the process of video editing through development of several media projects and footage assets. There is an emphasis on footage sequencing with story continuity, media management, narration, and industry terminology. More time will also be dedicated to the importance of sound in the post environment and its subtlety in keeping the viewer grounded in the images onscreen.
Projects completed in DFVP 103:
• Premiere Final Project
Classes will explore simple animation techniques, and overall, the basics of motion graphic design. Learning to animate, alter, and composite media using various tools including the use of optional plug-ins, is paramount in the process and workflow for every motion graphic professional. There will be an emphasis on how text works in Adobe After Effects through multiple in-class exercises starting with a logo design project. Footage captured from greenscreen productions will come to life with scene compositing. Customizing particle effects and other more advanced concepts will also be covered through additional exercises and projects.
Projects completed in DFVP 104:
• After Effects Final Project
In New Media Production 1, students will break from the conventions of traditional modes of visual storytelling to explore short-form, interactive, and digital media creation methods. The primary focus will be on the formats of commercials and documentaries. Students will learn the principles of interviewing talent and shooting supporting footage as a team. As post-production unfolds, students will begin editing each of the projects that were 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 projects.
Projects completed in DFVP 105:
• Testimonial Video
In New Media Production 2, students will develop and produce two additional advanced projects with a focus on a music video and short film. A music video project will help students understand the principles of shooting uncontrolled action and how to work with real clients. During the short film, 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 production techniques of camera and lighting. At this level, classes also have a working knowledge of advanced editing techniques including color correction, dialogue editing, storytelling techniques, sound effects, and applying musical compositions.
Projects completed in DFVP 106:
• Music Video
• Short Film
The second week of Career Development will center in on what it takes to be an entrepreneur and get students ready to begin applying for jobs. Students will learn how to update the job portfolios created in the first week of Career Development, with a fine-tuned focus on entry-level employment in their career field. This week will also go over proper networking skills and creating an elevator pitch. Students finish off the week by making sure all of their requirements are met for graduation.
Projects completed in CD 201:
• Resume and Cover Letter (2nd Draft)
• Career Planning Session
Students will learn the fundamentals of live video production by using up-to-date technology for all show needs. Students will be prepared to function independently or as part of a production team in the preparation and production of live shows for broadcast, concerts, and corporate presentations. In this course, students will learn the technical aspects of studio equipment and continue learning proper signal flow for use in studio, stage, and remote-control rooms. They will learn specific camera, lighting, and production techniques unique to each of these live show realms, as well as the many different career paths within these industries.
Projects completed in DFVP 107:
• Mock Late Night Show Webcast
• Live Event