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Film And Digital Media Certificate Courses: Spring 2023

The Film and Digital Media Center offers an integrated curriculum wherein students pursue creative work in video and digital media.  FDMC currently offers three tracks:  script writing, film production and film editing.  The tracks are leveled and come together for two cumulative workshops.  Students enrolled in FDMC’s certificate program receive training in studio operations, script writing, camera and sound, Adobe Creative Suite’s PremierePro, basic accounting, legal and insurance requirements, etc.  Students, most importantly, gain hands-on experience through their course work and the crafting of at least two short films.  These films become their calling cards for the industry.

For more information, including multi-course tuition discounts, please contact FDMC at 678.466.5085 or filmanddigitalmedia@clayton.edu.

 

Film And Digital Media Certificate Courses:   

The Film and Digital Media Center offers an integrated curriculum wherein students pursue creative work in video and digital media. FDMC currently offers three tracks: script writing, film production and film editing. The tracks are leveled and come together for two cumulative workshops. Students enrolled in FDMC’s certificate program receive training in studio operations, script writing, camera and sound, Adobe Creative Suite’s PremierePro, basic accounting, legal and insurance requirements, etc. Students, most importantly, gain hands-on experience through their course work and the crafting of at least two short films. These films become their calling cards for the industry.

For more information, including multi-course tuition discounts, please contact FDMC at 678.466.5085 or filmanddigitalmedia@clayton.edu.

FDMC Certificate Courses

Level 1 Courses

Script Writing 1
Good story telling is good story telling, no matter the medium. Script Writing 1 covers the basic structures of storytelling for the many varieties of digital media: fiction, non-fiction, video games, and commercial advertisements. In- and out-of-class guided exercises—from formatting to story structure to character development and voice--enable students to develop and write a short script. Open registration

233JFLM101
Instructor: TBA
Cost: $399
Dates: January 10-February 23
Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Time: 6:30-9:30pm
Sessions: 14
Campus: Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=233JFLM101

 

Film Production 1
This course covers the technical and craft skills required to create a short media project. Students develop practical production skills and crew etiquette through “real world” assignments, lensing interior and exterior location scenes in and around the Lucy Huie Studio. Students also focus on balancing their technical knowledge with their artistic vision to create an impact. Discussions and hands-on assignments reinforce best practices for sanitation and safety in film production. Open registration.

233JFLM102
Instructor: TBA
Cost: $399
Dates: January 14-February 25
Days: Saturdays
Time: 9:30am-4:00pm
Sessions: 7
Campus: Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=233JFLM102

 

Film Editing 1
This course covers the workflow and the division of labor needed for an efficient post-production team. Students’ use of PremierePro will cover: technical preparation of dailies; basics of picture editing for story structure; design, creation, and building of effective sound tracks; selection and editing of music; and final mastering to industry-standard delivery needs. Students work within realistic but tight schedules to finish editing exercises by “drop-dead” delivery dates for all “master” delivery materials. Open registration.

223JFLM103
Instructor: TBA
Cost: $399
Dates: January 9-February 27
Days: Mondays & Wednesdays
Time: 6:30-9:30pm
Sessions: 14
Campus: Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=233JFLM103

 

Film Workshop 1
This course continues the work of all level one courses. Using their writing, production and editing skills, students work together to produce a short media project from concept to completion. Students also collect materials to build electronic press kits (EPKs) along with other marketing materials to promote themselves and their films for their premiere screening. Registration link will be sent to eligible students.

Prerequisites: Script Writing 1, Film Production 1 or Film Editing

233JFLM104
Instructor: Teresa Steppe, Thomas Stein, Aaron Smithson
Cost: $399
Dates: March 11-April 19
Days: Saturday
Time: 9:30am-4:00pm
Sessions: 7
Campus: Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro

 

REGISTRATION LINKS TO WORKSHOPS AND TO LEVEL TWO CLASSES WILL BE SENT TO ELIGIBLE STUDENTS

Level 2 Courses

Script Writing 2
This course expands students’ writing experiences in short media projects by exploring story needs and audience demands. In addition, students have the opportunity to write and workshop a longer script (20-28 pages). Class discussions center on not only script table-reads but also practicalities of auditioning and directing actors. As well, students begin production documentation for their scripts in advance of filming. Finally, students pitch their scripts to a panel of industry judges who endorse scripts for production in Workshop 2.

Prerequisites: Script Writing 1 or permission of instructor for stand-alone course.

234JFLM201
Instructor: TBA
Cost: $399
Dates: May 9-June 22
Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Time: 6:30-9:30pm
Sessions: 14
Campus: Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro

 

Film Production 2
This intermediate production course centers students on the comprehensive pre-production and production demands of lensing three on-location scenes for a media project. Students also focus on securing the appropriate permissions and preparing for company moves. They build a location base camp for production and find solutions for last minute in-the-field challenges. Students are not required to edit their scenes into a finished project, but they do submit complete film dailies for all scene assignments. Discussions and exercises emphasize adequate actor and crew preparation.

Prerequisites: Film Production 1 or permission of instructor for stand-alone course

234JFLM202
Instructor: TBA
Cost: $399
Dates:  May 14-June 24
Days: Saturdays
Time: 9:30am-4pm
Sessions: 7
Campus: Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro

 

Film Editing 2
This course focuses on the proper workflows that govern high-resolution camera formats (codecs). Given raw footage, students learn how to use low-resolution proxies for first and second cuts of a media project before creating the “locked cut” used for mastering high-resolution files for final color correction and rendering. Students also build soundtracks, preparing audio elements for sound mixes but keeping music and effects tracks separate from dialogue tracks as needed for “master” delivery requirements. Finally, students learn to use footage created in principal photography for the completion of visual effects and title sequences.

Prerequisites: Film Editing 1 or by special exception from the instructor

234JFLM203
Instructor: TBA
Cost: $399
Dates: May 3-June 26
Days: Mondays and Wednesdays
Times: 6:30-9:30pm
Sessions: 14
Campus: Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro

 

Workshop 2
This capstone course for all tracks allows students to act as independent film production companies. From acquisition of a shooting script, to budget planning and crowd funding; from actor auditions to crew and cast rehearsals; from technical pre-production to lensing; from rough cut to master delivery—students experience the trials and triumphs of making their film, culminating in a public premiere screening, June 26.

Prerequisite: Script Writing 2, Film Production 2, or Film Editing 2

234JFLM204A
Instructor: 
Cost: $799
Dates:  July 15-October 21
Days: Saturdays
Times: 9:30am-4:00pm
Sessions: 15
Campus: Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro