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Film and Digital Media Elective Courses

Elective Courses  Spring 2023

 

ELECTIVE COURSES:  Spring 2023

Registration link for all CaPE classes:  https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/ace/ShowSchedule.awp?&Mode=GROUP&Group=:FULL&Title=All+Courses

 

Reel Fight Choreography

Reel Fight Choreography covers the essential skills required to successfully participate in and produce a fight scene for film productions.  Instruction will focus on not only performing the actions necessary and the safe execution of movement on set, but also choreographing fight scenes.  Lectures with practical, hands-on, in-class assignments will emphasize student retention of ideas and best practices.  This course is intended for individuals looking to train for fight scene performing on camera or on stage.  Individuals may or may not have experience.  The goal of the course is to take novice actors and hone their skills in unarmed combat from a fighter’s perspective.  In addition this course will enable students to value their work, to enjoy the experience of co-creation with partners, and to troubleshoot problems as a team player.

 

January 10 – February 28, 2023

Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30pm, 3 hours, 8 sessions

Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro

233JFLM500

https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=233JFLM500

 

May 18 – July 6, 2023

Thursday, 6:30-9:30pm, 3 hours, 8 sessions

Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro

234JFLM500

https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=234JFLM500

 

 

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.)

January 11 – March 1, 2023

Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30pm, 3 hours, 8 sessions

Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro

233JFLM460

https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=233JFLM460

 

May 15 – June 12, 2023

Mon/Wed, 6:30-9:30pm, 3 hours, 8 sessions

Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro

234JFLM460

https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=234JFLM460

 

 

Voiceover Basics:  Target Your Audience

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. In addition, this course, through weekly recording of “real” commercials, will introduce students to proper vocal delivery and improved fluency.    

 

January 23 – March 20, 2023

Mondays, 6:30-9:30pm, 3 hours, 8 sessions

Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro

233JFLM535

https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=233JFLM535

 

June 7 – August 2, 2023

Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30pm, 3 hours, 8 sessions

Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro

234JFLM535

https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=234JFLM535

 

 

Crowdfunding

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.  Students will conduct their own needs assessment and match what they have with what they want.  They will investigate various platforms’ potentials and pit-falls and feel more able to make informed decisions.

 

February 6 – April 3, 2023

Mondays, 6:30-9:30pm, 3 hours, 8 sessions

Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro

233JFLM112

https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=233JLFM112

 

 

Marketing Yourself Effectively

Self-promotion is hard.  Writing query letters is harder.  Developing a bio statement is hardest.  But all need to be done.  Taking seriously the craft of self-marketing, this course assists students with creating resumes and business letters, developing marketing reels, and tracking submissions and applications. In addition, special lecturers share best practices for self-employment obligations like taxes and insurance, deciding on an LLC, an agent, a manager, sound legal advice.  This course helps self-employed creatives manage life a little easier.

 

March 2 – April 27, 2023

Thursdays, 6:30-9:30pm, 3 hours, 8 sessions

Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro

233JFLM490

https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=233JFLM490

 

July 11 – August 3, 2023

Tues/Thurs, 6:30-9:30pm, 3 hours, 8 sessions

Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro

241JFLM490

https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=241JFLM490

 

Makeup for Film

Grunge, glamour, and injuries.  The art and application of makeup help actors create characters who look the part.  Students in this course consider what looks natural under hot lights and what looks supernatural under moonlight.  In addition, how do localized prosthetics work?  How do bruises change over time?  And if a scene calls for a variety of actors, how can the makeup artist help the camera lens the scene?  Students will supply their own kit (or purchase from FDMC for an additional fee).

 

March 14 – May 2, 2023

Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30pm, 3 hours, 8 sessions

Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro

233JFLM480

https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=233JFLM480

 

June 6 – June 29, 2023

Tues/Thurs, 6:30-9:30, 3 hours, 8 sessions

Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro

234JFLM480

https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=234JFLM480

 

 

Writing Documentaries

It is not an interview, but it is.  It is not history, but it is.  It is not a story, but it is.  It can be a life’s history—how personality and time intersect.  But what makes for an evocative biography?  And things happen.  Things that excite, amuse, annoy, provoke.  How do writers translate those events into an experience equally compelling to others?  Certainly, a daily dairy is not interesting:  it is a list.  But making those daily details reveal to an audience the importance of an individual or an event is important.  So, in writing a documentary, 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 person or situation that motivates its audience to act.  The point:  to write a documentary script of your own. 

 

March 14 – May 2, 2023

Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30pm, 3 hours, 8 sessions

Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro

233JFLM473

https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=233JFLM473

 

 

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. 

March 15 – May 3, 2023

Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30pm, 3 hours, 8 sessions

Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro

233JFLM465

https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=233JFLM465

 

July 10 – August 2, 2023

Mon/Wed, 6:30-9:30pm, 3 hours, 8 sessions

Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro

241JFLM465

https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=241JFLM465

 

 

Voiceover: Intermediate

Building on the foundation of Voiceover Basics, this intermediate course will focus on the seven attitudes of voiceover delivery, increasing recording time to develop a deeper understanding of the various voiceover genres, and investigate the strategies for breaking into those particular genres.  Discussions and exercises will emphasize proper etiquette for soliciting agents and private clients, audition prep, and copy analysis.  Students will also develop their own marketing plans and branding packages:  developing a rate sheet, building a website (logo, theme colors, and slogans), and shopping for gear in order to prepare of the competitive voice over market.

 

April 3 – May 22, 2023

Mondays, 6:30-9:30pm, 3 hours, 8 sessions

Lucy Huie Hall, Jonesboro

234JFLM531

https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=234JFLM531

Film and Digital Media: Summer/Fall 2023

 

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