All assignments are group projects due at the beginning of class unless otherwise indicated.

Syllabus deadlines are the date and time an assignment is due in its final, approved version. The nature of filmmaking is such, however, that you should plan on soliciting your professor’s feedback on at least two intermediate versions of each project. You ignore the Academy’s proven “draft-and-revise” rhythm at significant peril to your grade.

T Jan 14Skills Testing
R Jan 16Skills Testing (0530p)
T Jan 21Last Day to Drop-Add
T Jan 21Demo & Discuss: Reading the Script; Storytelling as Empathy; Understanding Production Roles; Assembling the Production Calendar
R Jan 23Demo & Discuss: Scheduling for Collaboration; Script Analysis
T Jan 28Assignment: Script Analysis (0300p). Prepare a document which thoughtfully addresses these questions and prompts. Submit the document as a .pdf to D2L. Bring a hard copy to class which you will reference in a detailed discussion.
Demo & Discuss: On-Set Protocols; Shooting for Continuity
R Jan 30Assignment: Server & Project Organization. On behalf of your crew, the editor will create a folder titled with the due date (YYMMDD) and name of the current project, like this: 201215 Gone With The Wind. Inside, s/he will create the following subfolders: audio, documentation, video, and project. Inside the "audio" folder, s/he will create the following subfolders: dialogue, music, and sound effects. Inside the "documentation" folder, s/he will create the following subfolders: BTS, paperwork, and promotional.
Assignment: Approved Storyboard. Working together on behalf of your group, the director and cinematographer will plan every shot of your film using the Storyboarder app. Include timing notations as an aid to performance pacing, camera movement, and post-production. Upload copies of the storyboard as a single .pdf binder to D2L and to the server's "paperwork" subfolder.
Demo & Discuss: Rudolf Laban; Coaching Actors.
T Feb 04Assignment: Design Show & Tell. On behalf of your crew, the production designer will submit images of costumes, photographs and scale drawings of each location, and detailed make-up plans as a single .pdf binder to D2L and to the server's "paperwork" subfolder.
Assignment: Lighting Plot. On behalf of your crew, the gaffer and cinematographer will work together to submit approved, scale lighting plots which facilitate the shots in the previously-approved storyboard. The plot will include a plan for safely routing electricity and a list of necessary lighting, camera, and grip equipment. Upload copies of them all as a single .pdf binder to D2L and to the server's "paperwork" subfolder.
R Feb 06Equipment Tests & Workflow
Assignment: Casting. The director and producer will work together on behalf of your crew to cast the actors in believable relationships, irrespective of their individual talent or appeal. Upload copies of the actors' signed personal releases to D2L in a .pdf binder and to the server's "paperwork" subfolder.
Assignment: Location Releases. The producer and production designer will work together on behalf of your crew to secure access to the set with location releases. Upload copies of the releases to D2L in a .pdf binder and to the server's "paperwork" subfolder.
Participation: Peer Evaluation
T Feb 11Discuss & Demo: Synchronizing & Merging Footage
R Feb 13
T Feb 18
R Feb 20
T Feb 25
R Feb 27
T Mar 03
R Mar 05
T Mar 10Spring Break - No Class Meeting
R Mar 12Spring Break - No Class Meeting
T Mar 17
R Mar 19
R Apr 09
T Mar 24
T Mar 31
R Apr 02Assignment 6.5: Approved Dialogue Edit
T Apr 07Last Day to Withdraw
Assignment 7.0: Approved Foley, FX, & Atmosphere Mix
T Apr 14Assignment 7.5: Approved Score
R Apr 16Assignment: Approved Trailer
T Apr 21Assignment 8.0: Approved Audio Mix
R Apr 23Final Exam: Approved Completed Film
Demo & Discuss: Strategic Film Distribution
T Apr 28Final Exam: Review (1230-0230p).
Final Exam: Marketing. Promotional and festival entry materials (Poster, Film Freeway Profile, BTS Photos, Screener/Judging Copy, Festival Export, Trailer).
R Apr 30Final Exam: Assessment (1230-0230p).
Participation: Peer Evaluation
R Apr 30Final Exam: Public Screening (0800p). Pogue Multi-Purpose Room. A film isn't a film until it's shared with an audience. Your presence is required.
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