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Film and Digital Media Elective Courses

Elective Courses  Spring 2022,

Summer/Fall 2022

Film Production

Script Supervision
If everyone hates you, you are doing it right. Script supervision is one of the most essential and thankless tasks on a film set. But a good script supervisor is worth whatever you need to pay. Script supervisors often create and review all pre-production paperwork, in addition to their real job: watching every move actors make and listening to every word they speak. If takes don’t match, editors can’t edit. Production has wasted time and money…mainly money. Eliminating such waste is the reason script supervisors are among the privileged few who can immediately approach directors and cinematographers and sound mixers on set. If you are detail oriented, work well under pressure, and keep cool while your comrades are slowly losing their minds, you qualify. (Internships available as CSU productions demand.)

223JFLM460
Instructor: T Steppe
Cost: $239
Dates: March 21-April 11
Days: Mondays
Time: 6:30-9:30pm
Sessions: 4
Campus: Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro
https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=223JFLM460

224JFLM460
Dates: May 18-June 8
Days: Wednesdays
Time: 6:30-9:30pm
Sessions 4:
Campus: Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro
https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=224JFLM460


Production Management
What do assistant directors, production managers, and producers do? How do they set budgets, keep track of costs, measure time spent, and manage resources? And what are a production’s legal parameters and ramifications. Welcome to a crash course in the details that give a production legs and keep it moving forward.

223JFLM465
Instructor: T Steppe
Cost: $239
Dates: February 7-28
Days: Mondays
Time: 6:30-9:30pm
Sessions: 4
Campus: Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro
https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=223JFLM465

224JLFM465
Dates: April 13-May4
Days: Wednesdays
Time: 6:30-9:30pm
Sessions: 4
Campus: Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro
https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=224JFLM465


Color Theory
The classic film, “The Wizard of Oz,” made obvious the impact of color. Why is Dorothy’s everyday world colorless and flat, yet her fantasy is vivid and alive? What does that stylistic choice tell us about Dorothy’s character, her hopes, her dreams, her story? These and other aspects of color, its effects on our perception and reception of film, are addressed in this course.

223JFLM475
Instructor: Teresa Steppe
Cost: $189
Dates: March 3-24
Days: Thursday
Time: 6:30-9:30pm
Sessions: 4
Campus: Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro
https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=223JFLM475


Crowd Funding Basics
Crowdfunding balances what you need, from whom you need it, and how much time you have to invest. Your selection always depends on which way you want to go. To help refine your options, this course explores the types of crowdfunding sites available (who is their audience?), their fees and policies (how much do they cost?), and their typical posting needs (how much time do you have?). Potential funding platforms—like Kickstarter, Patreon, CircleUp, Causes, and LendingClub—form the basis of examination and discussion. Participants will conduct their own needs assessment and match what they have with what they want. They will leave with specific “cheat sheets” that summarize various platform’s potentials and pit-falls and feel more able to make informed decisions. Contract training sections are available. Please call 678.466.5085.

223OLFM110, 223OLFM110B, 223OLFM110
(3 separate sessions: January-March 2022)
Instructor: Teresa Steppe
Cost: $160
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Sessions: 1
Medium: Online
Dates:

January 12, 2022, Thursday
https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=223OLFM110

February 2, 2022, Thursday
https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=223OLFM110B

March 14, 2022, Thursday
https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=223OLFM110C

224OLFM110, 224OLFM110B, 224OLFM110C
(3 separate sessions: April-June 2022)
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Sessions: 1
Medium: Online
Dates:
April 14, 2022, Thursday
https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=224OLFM110

May 20, 2022, Tuesday
https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=224OLFM110B

June 6, 2022, Monday
https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=224OLFM110C

Directing Actors for Film
How do directors get the most out of each actor? How can they help actors to give the performance the story needs? Students examine the role and responsibilities of the director in each of the phases of directing actors: scripting, casting, creative work with the actors, and communicating effectively with actors in order to achieve a specific vision.

223OLFM416
Instructor: Brent Lambert-Zaffino
Cost: $239
Dates: February 3-24
Days: Thursdays
Time: 6:30-9:30pm
Sessions: 4
Medium: Online
https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=223OLFM416

224JFLM416
Dates: April 6-27
Days: Wednesdays
Time 6:30-9:30pm
Sessions 4
Campus: Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro
https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=224JFLM416

Film Writing Courses

Screenwriting
With a working knowledge of the screenwriter’s craft, students focus on the three dynamics of a good screenplay or teleplay: Character, dialog, and action. Classroom discussions focus on examples of plot development, character creation, voice and point of view. In addition, students participate in practical in-class exercises that focus on these story creation elements in the context of proper formatting and grammar. A completed script for a short film or a substantive excerpt for a feature will be produced by the end of this course.

223JFLM470
Instructor: Teresa Steppe
Cost: $259
Dates: February 9-March 30
Days: Wednesday
Time: 6:30-9:30pm
Sessions: 8
Campus: Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro
https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=223JFLM470


Imaginary Worlds
Ask avid readers what they enjoy so much about their favorite genres, and they will inevitably cite their emersion in a world unlike their own and yet very like their own. Where do these worlds come from? From writers. Writers create these worlds—their physical descriptions, properties, and attributes—and their inhabitants—their abilities, their potential story arcs and adventures, and yes, even their occasional conversations. All this description becomes a writer’s bible. Students will create a writer’s bible of their own. They will generate the over-arching story concept. They will practice potential plotting devices. They will create detailed character biographies and location geographies.

223OLFM405
Instructor: Thomas Stein
Cost: $239
Dates: March 8-April 12
Days: Tuesdays
Time: 6:30-9:30pm
Sessions: 6
Medium: Online
https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=223OLFM405


Documentary Writing: Biography
It is not an interview, but it is. It is not history, but it is. It is not a story, but it is. It is a life's history--how personality and time intersect. And we can recount the life history of strangers or family, family pets or wild parrots, the living or the long-since passed. But what makes for an evocative biography? Certainly, a daily dairy is not interesting: it is a list. But making those daily details reveal the importance of the individual to an audience can be very interesting. Students will examine and discuss selected short biographic documentaries to generate a working definition of a relevant and engaging life history. Students will use that definition to script a short life history of a person important to them.

224JFLM471
Instructor: Teresa Steppe
Cost: $169
Dates: April 18-May 23
Days: Mondays
Time: 6:30-9:30pm
Sessions: 6
Campus: Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro
https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=224JFLM471


Documentary Writing: Situations
Things happen. Things that excite, amuse, annoy, provoke. How do writers translate that emotional goading into a filmic experience equally compelling to others? Is it the action? The voice over? The seeming concern of the narrator? The overwhelming nature of the event itself? And in writing that event, what constitutes proof? What is just enough information v. too much v not enough? Students will examine PSAs, news stories, and short documentaries to determine what makes for a dynamic analysis of a situation that motivates its audience to act. Students will then craft a series of PSAs or a short documentary on a situation personally relevant that calls its audience to action

224JFLM472
Instructor: Teresa Steppe
Cost: $169
Dates: April 21-May 26
Days: Thursdays
Time: 6:30-9:30pm
Sessions: 6
Campus: Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro
https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=224JFLM472

Acting Courses

Acting for Film
This course provides actors with an intricate study (both theoretical and practical) of the fundamentals of “on-camera” acting, including techniques for video auditions. Through voice, speech, and movement exercises, on-camera assignments, and constructive analysis of on-camera performances, students will gain the foundational acting tools and techniques necessary to begin or continue their “on camera” journey as professional actors.

223OLFM725
Instructor: Shirley Norman
Cost: $249
Dates: March 3-30
Days: Monday & Wednesday
Time: 6:30-9:30pm
Sessions: 8
Medium: Online
https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=223OLFM725

224OLFM725
Dates: April 5-28
Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Time: 6:30-9:30
Medium: Online
https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=224OLFM725


Acting for Presentations
Rarely do job descriptions include "must have on-camera skills." However, in one way or another, our jobs, especially this year, have required our developing a virtual presence. Acting Fundamentals for Presentations develops the skills needed by anyone tasked with developing an on-screen persona and delivery. The 3-hour course walks presenters through the basics of script structure and breakdown, vocal techniques, acting techniques, and filming techniques. Contract training sections are available. Please call 678.466.5085 for information.

223OLFM120
Instructor: Brent Lambert-ZaffinoCost: $249
Date: January 26
Day: Wednesday
Time: 6:30-9:30pm
Sessions: 1
Medium: Online
https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=223OLFM416

224OLFM120
Date: April 4
Day: Monday
Time: 6:30-9:30pm
Medium: Online
https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=224OLFM120

224OLFM120B
Date: June 20
Day: Monday
Time: 6:30-9:30
Medium: Online
https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=224OLFM120B

 

Film and Digital Media:  Film Production

Film Production Management 

What do assistant directors, production managers, and producers do?  How do they set budgets, keep track of costs, measure time spent, and manage resources?  And what are a production’s legal parameters and ramifications?  Welcome to a crash course in the details that give a production legs and keep it moving forward. 

Instructor:  Teresa Steppe

224JLFM465B | 4 Sessions | $239

Wednesday | 6/1-6/22 | 6:30-9:30pm

CSU Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro

 

231JLFM465 | 4 Sessions | $239

Thursday | 9/8-9/29 | 6:30-9:30pm

CSU Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro

 

Script Supervision   

Script supervisors create and review all pre-production paperwork, in addition to their real job:  watching every move actors make and listening to every word they speak.  If takes don’t match, editors can’t edit.  Production has wasted time and money…mainly money.  Eliminating such waste is the reason script supervisors are among the privileged few who can immediately approach directors and cinematographers and sound mixers on set.  If you are detail oriented, work well under pressure, and keep cool while your comrades are slowly losing their minds, you qualify.  (Internships available as CSU productions demand.)

 

Instructor:  Teresa Steppe

224JFLM460 | 4 Sessions | $239

Wednesday | 5/18-6/8 | 6:30-9:30pm

CSU Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro

 

232JFLM460 | 4 Sessions | $239

Thursday | 10/6-10/27 | 6:30-9:30pm

CSU Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro

 

Color Theory

The classic film, The Wizard of Oz, made obvious the impact of color.  Why is Dorothy’s everyday world colorless and flat, yet her fantasy is vivid and alive?  What does the stylistic choice tell us about Dorothy’s character, dreams, hopes, her story?  These and other aspects of color, its effects on our perceptions and reception of film, are addressed in this course

 

Instructor: Teresa Steppe

232OLFM475A | 4 Sessions | $189

Monday | 11/7-11/28 | 6-9pm

CSU Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro

Lighting for Film

In film, stories get told 3 times:  on the page, on the screen, in the edit room.  This course focuses on lighting as means of not only shaping objects but of story itself.  Light can be hard, specular, and direct; it can be soft and diffused.  And light has color, inherent color, not tinted or gelled.  How do these qualities effect the affect of a scene or a film? Students will study and practice the lighting setups expected by audiences of comedies and dramas and documentaries (etc.) not just to understand how to quickly create the “proper” lighting, but also to understand how to play with audience expectations to craft a visual story not quite as expected. 

 

Instructor:  TBD

232JFLM420A | 4 Sessions | $239

Tuesdays | 10/4-10/25 | 6:30-9:30pm

CSU Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro

 

Cameras and Lenses

They told us “going digital” would make our lives easier.  Perhaps.  But such simplicity also reduced our choices.  Initially.  Today’s digital film and video cameras come in a variety of configurations with a multiplicity of sensor arrays, lenses, and exposure options.  We’re back to the same quandaries:  what lens do I use, at what ISO, for which aperture setting to achieve the “look” I want given the camera I have or might soon buy?  What does a codec have to do with any of this?  And don’t start on focal length!  This course helps clear up the confusion by answering some of the whats and hows of digital film and video photography.  Students will evaluate and practice with cameras provided, but are very welcome to bring their own. 

 

Instructor:  TBD

231JFM421 | 4 Sessions | $239

Tuesdays | 9/6-9/27 | 6:30-9:30pm

CSU Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro

 

Shot by Shot

Just as light affects what we see, so too does where we put our cameras.  What’s in the frame?  What’s out?  Why?  How wide is a wide shot?  What is a close up?  When do we use either to greatest effect.  And if we choose “motion,” whether by dolly or by body harness, what effect does it have?  This course offers students moments to assess film sequences and design their own. 

 

Instructor:  TBD

224JFLM429 | 4 Sessions | $239

Wednesdays | 6/15-7/6 | 6:30-9:30pm

CSU Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro

 

Crowd-funding Basics

Crowdfunding balances what you need, from whom you need it, and how much time you have to invest.  Your selection always depends on which way you want to go.  To help refine your options, this course explores the types of crowdfunding sites available (who is their audience?), their fees and policies (how much do they cost?), and their typical posting needs (how much time do you have?).  Potential funding platforms—like Kickstarter, Patreon, CircleUp, Causes, and LendingClub—form the basis of examination and discussion.  Participants will conduct their own needs assessment and match what they have with what they want.  They will leave with specific “cheat sheets” that summarize various platform’s potentials and pit-falls and feel more able to make informed decisions.  Contract training sessions are available.  Please call 678.466.5114 for contract training information.

 

Instructor:  Teresa Steppe

1 Session | $160 | Online

224OLFM110B | 5/11 | Wednesday | 6:30-9:30pm

224OLFM110C | 6/6 | Monday | 6:30-9:30

232OLFM110D | 10/10 | Monday | 6:30-9:30

232OLFM110E | 12/5 | Monday | 6:30-9:30

 

Film and Digital Media:  Writing

Voices In Your Head

Some stories are born from inciting incidents.  The action carries you and your characters along in a series of adventures that reach their inevitable climax.  Some stories begin with that annoying voice in your ear, the one that won’t silence until you write it out.  Obviously, that voice is urgent and distinct.  But how do you make distinct the other voices, those of the characters swept along by the adventure?  Students, after examining examples, will craft a series of monologues and conversations that practice the use of verbal tics and motifs, accents and dialects, sentence metrics and rhythms to create distinct character voices worthy of carrying, as opposed to being carried away by, the action.  Words, which ones and how said, are important.

 

Instructor:  Teresa Steppe

231JFLM408   | 6 sessions | $239

Tuesdays | 7/12-8/16 | 6:30-9:30pm

CSU Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro

 

232JFLM408   | 6 sessions | $239

Thursdays | 11/3-12/15 | 6:30-9:30pm

CSU Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro

 

Documentary Writing: Biography

It is not an interview, but it is.  It is not history, but it is.  It is not a story, but it is.  It is a life's history--how personality and time intersect.  And we can recount the life history of strangers or family, family pets or wild parrots, the living or the long-since passed.  But what makes for an evocative biography?  Certainly, a daily diary is not interesting:  it is a list.  But making those daily details reveal the importance of the individual to an audience can be very interesting.  Students will examine and discuss selected short biographic documentaries to generate a working definition of a relevant and engaging life history.  Students will use that definition to script a short life history of a person.

 

Instructor:  Teresa Steppe

224JFLM471 | 6 Sessions | $239

Monday | 4/18-5/23 | 6:30-9:30pm

CSU Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro

 

Documentary Writing:  Situation 

This course addresses how writers translate everyday situations, whether amusing or annoying, into a compelling film experience.  Through voiceover and action, students will examine PSAs, news stories, and short documentaries to determine what makes for a dynamic analysis of a situation that motivates its audience to act.  Students then craft a series a series of PSAs or a short documentary on a situation personally relevant that calls its audience to action. 

 

Instructor: Teresa Steppe

224JFLM472  | 6 Sessions | $239

Thursday | 4/21-5/26  | 6:30-9:30pm

CSU Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro

 

Imaginary worlds    

Ask avid readers what they enjoy so much about their favorite genres, and they will inevitably cite their emersion in a world unlike their own and yet very like their own. Writers create these worlds—their physical descriptions, properties, and attributes—and their inhabitants—their abilities, their potential story arcs and adventures, and yes, even their occasional conversations.  All this description becomes a writer’s bible.  In this course, students will create a writer’s bible in preparation for world building of their own.

 

Instructor:  TBA

232OLFM405A | 4 Sessions | $239

Wednesday | 10/5-10/26 | 6:30-9:30pm | Online

 

Writing for Graphic Media

Like comedy, comic books and cartoons are not easy.  This course explores the options for scripting media that merges pictures and words into seamless wholes…unless, of course, the seams are the message.  Students will script short sequences using traditional and A/V script formats. 

 

Instructor:  Mark Smith

231OLFM479 | 8 Sessions | $299

Thursdays | 8/4-9/22 | 6-9pm | Online

 

Prose into Pictures

This course is intended for individuals who have some experience with script writing.  Students will focus on adapting materials from sources to begin to craft a short screenplay:  these sources might be news stories, other narratives, poems, any event/story that is not “original.”  Students will craft a scene for a screen play, particular emphasis will be placed on the process of crafting: the use of storyboards and A/V scripts, shot lists and/or lined scripts, to merge prose into pictures.

 

Instructor:  Teresa Steppe

231JFLM473A | 6 Sessions | $239

Thursdays | 7/7-8/11 | 6:30-9:30

CSU Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro

 

232JFLM473A   | 6 Sessions |

Wednesdays | 11/2-12/14 | 6:30-9:30

CSU Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro

 

Film and Digital Media:  Directing

Directing  Actors   

How do directors get the most out of each actor?  How can they help actors to give the performance the story needs?  Students examine the role and responsibilities of the director in each of the phases of directing actors: scripting, casting, and creative work with the actors, and communicating effectively with the actors in order to achieve a specific vision. 

 

Instructor:  Brent Lambert Zaffino

231JFLM416 | 4 Sessions | $239

Wednesdays | 9/7-9/28 | 6:30-9:30pm

CSU Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro

 

Directing Interviews

Interviews are everywhere, and not just in the news.  We see them in documentaries, reality TV, social media, commercials, and on corporate websites.  But just because they are everywhere does not mean that they are easy to do.  Directing interview is not as simple as asking questions.  It typically involves a great deal of preparation and research.  Directing interviews also requires the ability to be an active listener.  The goal of this seminar is to show students how to prep and conduct an interview on a variety of topics and in a variety of situations, culminating in the presentation and evaluation of student-to-student interviews.

 

Instructor:  Brent Lambert Zaffino

232OLFM417 | 4 Sessions | $239

Wednesdays | 10/5-10/26 | 6:30-9:30pm | Online

 

Directing Comedies

Make ‘em laugh.  But how?  Comedy is serious business.  Finding a script, targeting an audience, coaching actors, working on timing and delivery.  Comedy is a intricate dance whose choreography shapes mind and body into patterns both known and unknown, ultimately making the familiar new, amusing, and a little provoking.

 

 

Instructor:  Brent Lambert Zaffino

232OLFM401 | 4 Sessions | $239

Tuesdays | 11/1-11/22 | 6:30-9:30pm | Online

 

Film and Digital Media:  Editing

AfterEffects

This course introduces students to the creative

power of AfterEffects. Through a combination of lecture and hands-on learning, students will develop the basic skill set needed to navigate the AE interface; to import clips and render exports; to effectively keyframe and mask and blend; to create shapes and use motion tools for animation effects; to track and stabilize video.

 

Instructor:  Mark Smith

224OLFM430 | 8 Sessions | $329

Tues & Thurs | 6/7-6/30 | 6-9pm | Online

 

Film and Digital Media:  Performance

Improvisation for Actors

The Meisner Method prepares actors to focus on character development through their understanding of characters’ wants and needs.  By defining and identifying characters, actors come to empathize with how and why characters make the choices they do and what will move the story forward.  Combining Meisner training with improvisation gets rid of the memorization of long passages and allows actors to focus on their character’s motivations and the motives of the characters around them. Actors will work through a series of excises that enhance their comfort with improvisation, with spontaneously accessing emotion, and with developing personal responses to a scripted character. 

 

224OLFM700A | 8 Sessions | $239

Mon & Wed | 5/2-5/25 | 6-9pm | Online

 

231OLFM700A | 8 Sessions | $239

Mon & Wed | 7/6-8/1 | 6-9pm | Online

 

231OLFM700B | 8 Sessions | $239

Tue & Thur | 8/9-9/1 | 6-9pm | Online

 

232OLFM700A | 8 Sessions | $239

Mon & Wed | 10/3-10/26 | 6-9pm Online

 

Acting for Presentations

Rarely do job descriptions include “must have on-camera skills.”  However, in one way or another, our jobs require our developing a virtual presence.  Acting Fundamentals for Professionals develops the skills needed by anyone tasked with developing an on-screen persona and delivery.  The 3-hour course walks presenters through the basics of script structure and breakdown, vocal techniques, acting techniques, and filming techniques. 

 

Instructor: Brent Lambert-Zaffino

224OLFM120B | 1 Session | $259

Monday | 6/20 | 6:30-9:30pm | Online

 

232OLFM120 | 1 Session | $259

Monday | 12/12 | 6:30-9:30pm | Online

 

Voiceover:  Target your Purpose

Assessing needs, the script’s needs, the audience’s needs and your employer’s needs, is a balancing act.  Making everyone happy demands compromise.  Students will analyze and perform short commercial scripts for content and affect, targeting their purpose as interpreter, presenter, and performer. 

 

Instructor:  Kozmo Miller

224OLFM535A | 6 Sessions | $599                               231OLFM535A | 6 Sessions | $599

Thursday | 5/5-6/9 | 6:30-9:30 | Online                           Wednesday | 8/3-9/14 | 6:30-9:30 |Online


232OLFM535A
| 6 Sessions | $599

Thursday | 11/3-12/15 | 6:30-9:30 | Online