Filmmaking: Advanced Projects in Directing


The class is a production workshop in which advanced filmmaking students will prepare, direct, and edit a short film. At the start of the semester, each student must have a worthy, production-ready short script in excellent shape to which he/she is committed and for which he/she has the wherewithal to mount and complete. The screenplay and the student’s project overview will determine entry into the class. In the course, concurrent with final revision of the screenplay, preproduction will immediately ensue, including budgeting, scheduling, location scouting, casting, selecting of the creative team, and visual preparation. Naturally, shooting and editing of the film will follow—ideally early enough in the semester to allow for an opportunity to focus on editing, sound effects, music, and the details of postproduction. The aim is a completed, festival-worthy short film. The minimum required to complete this class is a rough cut of the film.