Andrew H Tsao
Explores applied narrative film grammar and cinematic technique. Covers operations of digital cinema equipment including cameras, cinema lighting, and editing software such as Final Cut Studio. Includes lab where students work in a professional motion picture crew structure to implement principles of cinematic narrative and gain experience directing actors on screen. Credit/no-credit only.
1. An intensive overview of profassional cinema production methods and techniques.
2. Basic cinematic lighting techniques
3. The structure and function of standard crew positions on a film set, including director, assistant director, camera operator, sound operator, script supervisor, gaffer and grip positions
4. A basic understanding of narrative film grammar, screen sizes and angles.
Student learning goals
Set up, operate and break down the Panasonic HVX 200 HD video camera and its component parts, including location audio recording with external microphones
Familiarity with basic three cornered cinema lighting techniques.
Familiarity with standard crew positions in film production: director, assistant director, dp/camera operator, sound recordist, script supervisor, gaffer and grip.
Understanding the principles of narrative film grammar: screen sizes, angles, montage, lens choices and moving shots. The Five Shot Sequence.
General method of instruction
Hands on lab, students work on short cinema assignments as a team.
Class assignments and grading
The instructors sense of whether the student has a command of the core curricular elements