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Film and Digital Media Courses

The Film and Digital Media Center offers an integrated curriculum whereby 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

Script Writing 1   214JFLM101A

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, 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.

Instructor:  Teresa Steppe
Cost: $399
Dates: April 6 – May 20, 2021
Days: Tues/Thurs
Time: 6:30 - 9:30pm
Sessions:  14
Medium: On Ground
Campus: FDMC
 

Film Production 1   214JFLM102A

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 with hands-on homework assignments reinforces best practices for sanitation and safety in film production.

Instructor:  Thomas Stein
Cost: $399
Dates: April 10 – May22
Days: Saturdays
Time: 9:30am - 4:00pm
Sessions: 7
Medium: On Ground
Campus: FDMC

 

Film Editing 1   214JFLM103A

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.

Instructor:  Aaron Smithson
Cost: $399
Dates: April 5 – May19
Days: Mon/Wed
Time: 6:30 - 9:30pm
Sessions: 14
Medium: On Ground
Campus: FDMC

 

Film Workshop 1   214JFLM104A

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. 

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

Instructor:  Teresa Steppe, Thomas Stein, Aaron Smithson
Cost: $399
Dates:  June 5 – July 24
Days: Saturdays
Time: 9:30am - 4:00pm
Sessions: 7
Medium: On Ground
Campus: FDMC

  

Script Writing 2   213JFLM201A

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 around 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.  Required Pitch Session (213JFLM900) March 6, Saturday, 1-4pm

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

Instructor:  Teresa Steppe
Cost: $399
Dates: January 12  February 25
Days: Tues/Thurs
Time: 6:30 - 9:30pm
Sessions: 14
Medium: On Ground
Campus: FDMC

  

Film Production 2   213JFLM202A

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 

Instructor:  Thomas Stein
Cost: $399
Dates: January 16  February 27
Days: Saturdays
Time: 9:30am - 4:00pm
Sessions:  7
Medium: On Ground
Campus: FDMC

  

Film Editing 2   213JFLM203A

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 special by special exception from the instructor

Instructor:  Aaron Smithson
Cost: $399
Dates: January 11 – March 1
Days: Mon/Wed
Time: 6:30 - 9:30pm
Sessions:  14
Medium: On Ground
Campus: CSU Main, Music 144

 

Workshop 2  213JFLM204A

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

Instructor:  Teresa Steppe, Thomas Stein, Aaron Smithson
Cost:  $799
Dates:  March 13 – June 26
Days:  Saturday
Time:  9:30am - 4:00pm
Sessions:  15
Medium:  On Ground
Campus:  FDMC