Beginning Digital Filmmaking

Beginning Digital Filmmaking (online course)

Description

Dr. E. Anthony Collins (Tony), Instructor
W: anthonycollinsfilm.com
E: iefilm@yahoo.com

This is an introductory course for students of digital filmmaking. The goal is to introduce students to idea development processes, basic scriptwriting, capturing video and audio with basic equipment, and editing the various elements together to tell a story that is presented to an audience.

By conceiving, planning, producing, editing, and presenting a series of short creative productions, students explore how video techniques are used to structure meaning in media messages.

During the course, each student will demonstrate:

  • A basic understanding of work processes for AV production
  • Basic principles of capturing great video and audio.
  • Basic editing and storytelling with video and audio.

Objectives

  • Integrate various technological tools for AV production
  • Capture well-composed video images. See the light.
  • Capture great sound. Learn to hear, listen, and record.
  • Edit video and audio into a compelling story.
  • Present your work to an audience

By conceiving, planning, producing, editing, and presenting a series of short creative productions, students explore how video techniques are used to structure meaning in media messages.

  • Pre-production, which is the planning stage for mapping out your strategy and script for the video
  • Production is the phase in which the video is shot and recorded.
  • Post-production, which involves assembly and editing of the AV elements, adding music and other effects for presentation.

Week 1 — Introduction to Course/Syllabus

Stage 1: Overview of the filmmaking process

Reading assignment:
https://www.studiobinder.com/blog/how-to-make-a-movie/...

Screening assignment:
Intro to Film Budgeting
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TebTlSYzWMM

Week 2

Stage 1: Overview of the filmmaking process

Reading assignment:
Why pre-production is essential
https://www.videomaker.com/.../17031-a-plea-for-pre...

Screening assignment:
Screenplay formatting
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CjlKQclsWo...

Week 3

Stage 2: Preproduction

Reading assignment:
Documentary Script Writing
http://www.unesco.org/.../programme_doc_documentary...

Screening assignment:
Day in the Life of a Production Assistant
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPBfoEFgR28...

Week 4

Stage 2: Preproduction

Reading assignment:
Everything you Need to Know about selling your script in 2500 words
https://scriptmag.com/.../everything-you-need-to-know...

Screening assignment:
Storyboarding (has a couple of shots of gore*)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQsvhq28sOI

Week 5

Stage 2: Preproduction

Reading assignment:
3 writing tips to Improve your Short Film
https://www.premiumbeat.com/.../tips-for-improving-short.../

Screening assignment:
Script Breakdown
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMep2s_T89c

Week 6

Stage 3: Production

Reading assignment:
Basic Rules of Composition
https://www.videomaker.com/.../18610-the-basic-rules-of...

Camera Angles - a complete guide
https://www.videomaker.com/.../your-complete-guide-to.../

Screening assignment:
How to Over/Under cables
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yg6uIZErSuY

What you Need to Know About White Balance
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ngTYGBegl4...

Everything you need to know about F-stops:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_nDpYunmyU...

Week 7

Stage 3: Production

Reading assignment:

5 DIY Lighting Tips for Filmmakers on a Budget
https://www.premiumbeat.com/.../5-diy-lighting-tips-for.../

Air Rights: Shooting with Drones
https://filmmakermagazine.com/109371-air-rights-2/...

Screening assignment:

10 Things I Know About Lighting
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5X9lIAXxVk

180 degree rule:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iW0bKUfvH2c

How Many Crew Members Do you Need
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JolfPWLrJeM...

Week 8

Stage 3: Production

Reading assignment:

Recording good audio for video
https://www.videomaker.com/.../14216-recording-good-audio...

Sound design: how sound helps tell your visual stories
https://www.videomaker.com/.../19052-sound-design-how...

Screening assignment:

Basics of Recording Audio for Digital Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9cP1WHL0Zo...

Recording 101: Microphones
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5Nza3Z6WTY...

Production sound techniques
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8dSDkrSx8g

Week 9

Stage 4: Post-production

Reading assignment:

Walter Murch Rule of 6:
https://videoandfilmmaker.com/.../film-editing-walter.../

Screening assignment:

Walter Murch’s Rule of Six
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2WGP4dofgQ

Week 10

Stage 4: Post-production

Reading assignment:

Editing Workflow
https://www.videomaker.com/.../video-editing-workflow.../

Screening assignment:

9 Cuts Every Video Editor should know
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wv3Hmf2Dxlo

Week 11

Stage 4: Post-production

Reading assignment:

What is a CODEC?
https://www.videomaker.com/article/f6/14743-what-is-a-codec

Screening assignment:

The Magic of Making Sound
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UO3N_PRIgX0

Week 12

Stage 5: Marketing/Distribution

Reading assignment:

Killing the Sundance Myth: No Filmmaker Comes Out of Nowhere
https://www.indiewire.com/.../sundance-film-festival.../

Screening assignment:

How to Write a Logline
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0Fj_H9Q73k...

Week 13/14 — Work on Final Project. Presentation.

The 5 Stages of a Video Production Process

  • Stage 1: Idea Development. It takes more than just a good idea to produce a video.
  • Stage 2: Writing and Scripting. Put into motion the groundwork to make your video.
  • Stage 3: Production
  • Stage 4: Post Production
  • Stage 5: Marketing/Distribution/Presentation

Course Requirements

  • Internet connection (DSL, LAN, or cable connection desirable) Supplies SD CARD USB flash drive
  • Optional: External Hard Drive for Editing (Should run at 7200 RPM) Class 6 SDHC card (Required) 2 GB 4 GB 8 GB 16 GB 32 GB
  • Fine mode (Best Quality) 20 min. 40 min. 80 min. 160 min. 320 min
  • Technical Assistance