Film and Digital Media Center. Located at the CSU Film Studio, 9147 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro, GA 30236. Also, visit us on main campus in the Harry S. Downs Center, in the Continuing Education Office, Suite 223.
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Writing 1: August 13 - September 26; Tues/Thurs 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
A foundation course that covers the fundamental structures of storytelling for the many varieties of digital media. Guided practice of the writing process from pre-production, through production, to post production will enable students' understanding and ability to develop and write a short script in their chosen medium.
Production 1: August 17 - September 28; Saturdays; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
A foundation course that covers the essential technical and craft skills required to successfully produce a short media project. Instruction will focus on developing practical production skills and crew etiquette through applying lecture material in "real world" assignments: lighting and lensing primarily interior location scene exercises in our studio space. A specific area of emphasis: how to balance technical and aesthetic considerations to create a successful and well-executed story.
Post-Production 1: August 12- September 25; Mon/Wed; 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
This foundational course covers the proper protocols: detailed workflow documentation and division of labor-required to build a successful post-production team. Students' experiences will cover the technical preparation of dailies, the fundamentals of picture editing based on story structure, the design, creation, and building of effective sound tracks, the selection and editing of music, and composite sound mixing and sound mastering to industry standard delivery requirements for independent media projects. Students will work within realistic but tight schedules to successfully finish post-production exercises by "drop-dead" delivery dates for all "master" delivery materials.
Workshop 1: October 12 - November 23; Saturdays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
A foundation gateway course that covers the essential technical, craft, and storytelling skills required to successfully produce a short media project from concept through completion. The merging of all students from level 1 individual tracks in order to film a project on the FDMC campus allows for cross-training in writing, production, and post skills. In addition, students receive an introduction to set construction, design and dressing, as well as to marketing and publicity for their project’s premiere screening.
Writing 2: December 3 - January 30, 2020; Tues/Thurs; 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
In this intermediate course, students will develop and workshop a script for a short media project (potentially to be pitched for Digital Media: Workshop II). Students will practice not only the art of pitching a project but also the creation of secondary documentation needed for a successful pitch. In addition, lectures and exercises will cover the business demands of the independent media industry in order to prepare students for developing their future ideas into independent projects.
Production 2: December 7 - February 1, 2020; Saturdays; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
In this intermediate workshop course, students will follow through the comprehensive pre-production and production demands of location shooting. Scenes will lens on location around FDMC and CSU campuses, with students securing the appropriate permissions and preparing for company moves. They will build a location base camp for production and find solutions of last minute in-the-field challenges. Students will not be required to edit their scenes into a finished project, but they will submit complete film dailies for scene assignments. Lectures and exercises will emphasize adequate actor and crew preparation. Only when cast and crew are properly prepared will lensing take place.
Post-Production 2: December 2 - January 29, 2020; Mon/Wed 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
In this intermediate post-production course, students will prepare proper editorial workflows that govern high resolution camera formats/codecs. Given raw footage, students will learn how to use low-resolution proxies for first and second cuts of a media project before creating the "locked cut" used for conforming high-resolution files for final color correction and mastering. Students will also build soundtracks, preparing audio elements for sound mixes, keeping music and effects tracks separate from dialogue tracks as required for international distribution "master" delivery requirements. Finally, students will learn to use footage created in principal photography for the completion of visual effects and title sequences.
Pitch Session for Workshop 2: February 8, 2020; Saturday; 1 - 4 p.m.
Come join our writers from Writing 2 as they pitch their scripts for Workshop 2 to a panel of industry judges. Event is free, but please register.
Workshop 2: February 12, 2020 - May 23, 2020; Wednesdays 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
A mastery gateway course that will allow students to act as independent film production companies from acquisition of a ”shooting script” through to master delivery and a final premiere screening.