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PROGRAMS

Digital Filmmaking & Video Production IDL

Digital Filmmaking and Video Production is a program 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 word projects to develop their skills as they would apply them in eventual employment.

F.I.R.S.T. Institute students are graded and held accountable for each and every course they encounter. Consistent drills and quizzes keep students active and interested in the information given by the instructor.

 

Prerequisite: Basic Mac and Internet competencies. High School level English or higher.

Delivery Methodology: IDL = 100% Interactive Distance Learning.  

Average Class Size: 15-20 Students                                             

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates obtain a Diploma.

Thirty-Nine (39) Weeks – 1014 Clock Hours / 91.26 Academic Quarter Credit Hours

811 Hours / 81.11 Academic Quarter Credit Hours – Instruction 203 / 10.15 Academic Quarter Credit Hours – Lab

What is Interactive Distance Learning?

Interactive Distance Learning (IDL) is not your typical online education. Students in our IDL programs get the full classroom experience from the comfort of their homes. This is a fully-engaged diploma program that gives students the opportunity to learn hands-on with industry-standard gear and equipment provided in their Creative P.A.K. Each IDL class includes live lectures with instructors, time to work on projects, video conferencing, student-to-student interaction, individual demos, and more.

Students in our IDL program are required to purchase a Creative P.A.K. to use during the course of their program and beyond. The digital media industry and its relevant technology are ever-changing, so specific items in your Creative P.A.K. may be updated from time to time. Specific items are not guaranteed. Contact the school for more information.

You can find an up-to-date list here. Total: $1850

 
Gear included in the P.A.K.
  • Panasonic Lumix G95 Mirrorless Camera with 12-60 mm Lens
  • Zoom F1-LP 2-Input / 2-Track Portable Field Recorder with Lavalier Microphone 
  • GVM 800D-RGB LED Studio 3-Video Light Kit
  • JOBY GorillaPod 3K Flexible Mini-Tripod with Ball Head Kit
  • Magus VT-4000 Tripod System with Fluid Head
  • Rode VideoMicro Ultracompact Camera-Mount Shotgun Microphone
  • SanDisk 64GB Extreme PRO UHS-I SDXC Memory Card
  • Sandisk 32GB Extreme UHS-I MicroSDHC Memory Card with SD Adapter
  • Blackmagic Design UltraStudio 3G Recorder

Students are required to be prepared for class. This includes having these items at all times: pen, writing paper/notebook, ID badge, and all required materials for their program. The following required items are not included in the tuition. It is the student’s responsibility to purchase the items for use on the first day of class.

Computer Requirements

  • Operating System: macOS 10.15 or macOS Big Sur (11.*), mac OS Monterey (12.*)
  • Processor: Intel or Apple Silicon (Rosetta2 Supported)
  • RAM: 8 GB of RAM (16 GB Recommended)
  • Hard Drive Space: 256 GB with minimum 40 GB available
  • GPU VRAM: 2 GB of GPU VRAM
  • Monitor Resolution: 1440x900 
  • Webcam: Yes - used for attendance and exams
  • Microphone: Yes - used or class participation
  • Internet: Broadband or higher from your internet service provider (minimum 100 Mbps) for your computer or any other device to access Canvas materials.

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 using 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 also 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. 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 is discussed including the proper techniques for using wireless systems, lavaliers, and shotgun microphones. A basic understanding of power and electricity 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.

 

DFVP 101 – Storytelling and Video Technology 

  • Camera Framing Project 
  • Camera Exposure Project
  • Audio Project 

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 the 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 to the images onscreen. 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 motion graphics 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. 

 

DFVP 102 – Digital Editing and Visual Effects 

  • Pre-Production Project
  • Screen Writing Project
  • Short Film Project

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

 

DFVP 103 – Commercial Production 

  • Commercial 30 Sec. Project 
  • Commercial 60 Sec. Project 
  • Social Media Project 

In Documentary Production, students will continue to explore other short-form, interactive, and digital-media creation methods. The primary focus will be on the format of documentaries. Students will learn the principles of interviewing talent and shooting supporting footage as a team. 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. 

 

DFVP 104 – Documentary Production

  •  Interview Project
  • 1 Min. Documentary  Project
  • 5min. Documentary  Project

In Music Video Production, students will develop and produce an advanced project with a focus on the music video. A music video project will help students understand the principles of shooting uncontrolled action and how to work with real clients. At this level, classes also have a working knowledge of advanced editing techniques including editing on the beat, color correction, sound effects and applying musical compositions. 

 

DFVP 105 – Music Video Production 

  • Music Video Project 1 
  • Music Video Project 2
  • Live Music Performance Project 

In Short Film Production, students will develop and produce an additional advanced project with an emphasis on the short film. During the short film, students will apply their knowledge of preproduction 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 first-hand knowledge of advanced editing techniques including but not limited to enhanced color correction, dialogue editing, storytelling techniques and sound effects.

 

DFVP 106 – Short Film Production  

  • Boring Room Challenge Project
  • Short Film 1 Project
  • Final Short Film Project

Students will learn the essentials of color theory and apply these concepts in professional colorist program DaVinci Resolve. Practical filmmaking techniques like color balancing, correction, grading, and continuity will all be learned through hands-on work in the program's node-based editing system. Students will also use Davinci Resolve to learn enhanced aspects of audio post-production, diving into the concepts of voiceover, ADR, Foley arts, sound effects, and sound design. Each of these concepts in color correction and audio post-production will then be applied to further enhance the student's portfolio projects.  

 

DFVP 107 – Color Grading

  • Color Balance Project
  • Color Grading Project
  • Color Separation Project

Students will learn the fundamentals of audio mixing and editing using Davinci Resolve Fairlight. Students will learn the basic functions of the user interface and how to manage audio projects. Students will also learn the technical aspects of audio software, as well as, the creative strategies to immerse audiences and accentuate the visual narrative. 

 

DFVP 108 – Audio Mixing

  • Audio Normalizing Project 
  • ADR Project 
  • Short Film Audio Mixing Project 
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