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February 2021

Elements of Screenwriting

February 1 @ 7:00 pm - March 22 @ 9:00 pm

8 sessions: Mondays, February 1-March 22, 7-9pm The course objective is to provide the beginning screenwriter with the tools and information necessary to get started on a first-draft screenplay, the pages of which will be workshopped in class, beginning with the third session. This course is built on master-teacher Frank Daniel’s system of eight story sequences, spending each weekly session on deep analysis of a scene sequence from a film that offers something useful to learn about structure and cinematic…

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Introduction to Cinema Production

February 2 @ 6:30 pm - April 6 @ 8:30 pm

10 sessions: Tuesdays, February 2-April 6, 6:30-8:30pm Learn how to make a short narrative film from script to screen in this virtual adaptation of our Cinema Production Basics course. Students will write a short 3- to 4-page script and film their projects with tools at hand (DSLR, video camera, or smartphone). We’ll cover best practices for storyboarding, shooting on location, set etiquette, lighting and audio, and editing principles. Particular emphasis will be placed on storytelling, shot composition, matching eyelines, pacing, and sound…

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Short Documentary Production

February 3 @ 6:30 pm - March 10 @ 9:00 pm

6 sessions: Wednesdays, February 3-March 10, 6:30-9pm Make a short documentary from home! In this hands-on production course each student will produce and direct a short documentary film (6 minutes or less) using what you have: found footage and photographs, shot footage that doesn't include human subjects, footage shot from afar, interviews via internet, interviewees recording themselves, or you can create something that documents your current experience. The class covers pre-production, production, and post-production in documentary, and we'll apply the…

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Advanced Screenwriting

February 4 @ 7:00 pm - March 25 @ 9:00 pm

8 sessions: Thursdays, February 4-March 25, 7-9pm It’s been said, “Scripts aren’t written... they’re rewritten.” A quality rewrite can lift a script from pretty good to very good... maybe even great. But how to get there? You’ve rewritten your script, and now you’ve got the killer opening you envisaged when you started… but somewhere in the middle, the power and the energy of your story noticeably sag, and the Big Finish toward which you were groping your way never quite materialized…

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Documentary Film Immersion

February 4 @ 7:00 pm - March 25 @ 9:00 pm

8 sessions: Thursdays, February 4-March 25, 7-9pm Discover some of the most astonishing documentary films made over the last 100 years from around the world. We’ll examine various styles and techniques, subject matters, and ethics through viewing and discussing films, film clip analysis, and conversations with documentary filmmakers. We’ll explore the work of acclaimed directors like Robert Flaherty, Agnès Varda, Michael Moore, Dziga Vertov, Errol Morris, Kirsten Johnson, the Maysles brothers, Laura Poitras, Joshua Oppenheimer, Wim Wenders, Leni Riefenstahl, Dawn Porter,…

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