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.

PRE-PRODUCTION
T Aug 27Reading the Script; Storytelling as Empathy; Understanding Production Roles
R Aug 29Demo & Discuss: Scheduling for Collaboration; Script Analysis
M Sep 02Labor Day Recess: No Class Meeting
T Sep 03Last Day to Drop-Add
Individual Assignment: Pre-Production. Submit your analysis/image file as a .pdf binder via D2L assignments (0300p).
T Sep 03Assignment: (0300p) Script Analysis
R Sep 05
T Sep 10Assignment: Approved Storyboard
Participation: Peer Evaluation
Discuss: Rudolf Laban. Coaching Actors.
R Sep 12Assignment: 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.
Assignment: Lighting Plot. On behalf of your crew, the gaffer and camera operator will submit approved, scale lighting plots which facilitate the shot 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 them all as a single .pdf binder to D2L.
T Sep 17Equipment Tests & Workflow
Personal & Location Releases
PRODUCTION
R Sep 19Discuss & Demo: Server & Project Organization; Synchronizing & Merging Footage
T Sep 24Workshop: Shooting Day 01
R Sep 26Demo & Discuss: Dailies
Phantom Power, Sofas, and other lessons learned from Shooting Day 01. Spraying on Plexiglas.
Sa Sep 28Workshop: Shooting Day 02
Su Sep 29Workshop: Shooting Day 03
T Oct 01Reading Day: No Class Meeting
Workshop: Shooting Day 04
R Oct 03Demo & Discuss: Looking Ahead to Post-Production; Timeline Architecture for Audio Editing
T Oct 08Demo & Discuss: Credits, Leaders, & Billing Blocks. Strategic Publicity & Marketing. Film Festivals, Trophy Mills, Search Engine Optimization
Assignment: Principal Photography. When all footage and audio recordings have been uploaded to the server, the DIT will submit footage logs to the D2L assignment folder as a single .pdf binder.
Participation: Peer Evaluation
POST-PRODUCTION
R Oct 10Demo & Discuss: Storytelling & Scripts
T Oct 15Assignment: Organize
Assignment: Ingest
Assignment: Assemble
R Oct 17
T Oct 22Demo & Discuss: Russian Montage & Editing Aesthetics
Assignment: Approved Rough Cut.
Approval: On behalf of your group, the editor will secure the professor's approval for the rough cut before class today.
Screening: The editor will screen the rough edit at the beginning of class.
EDL: The editor will export an edit decision list (EDL) from the most recent version of the project to the D2L "Rough" assignment folder.
R Oct 24Demo & Discuss: Editing Technique
T Oct 29Final Exam: Approved Visual Lock
Approval: On behalf of your group, the editor will secure the professor's approval for the Visual Lock before class today.
Screening: The editor will screen the Visual Lock at the beginning of class.
EDL: The editor will export an edit decision list (EDL) from the most recent version of the project to the D2L "Lock" assignment folder.
Participation: Peer Evaluation
R Oct 31Demo & Discuss: Color Grading
Assignment: Approved Graphics Titles and credits complete. On behalf of your crew, the producer will (1) secure the professor's approval on the graphics and credits before today's class; and (2) submit to the appropriate D2L assignment folder a screen shot of the film's title card as a jpg. You may find inspiration for your work at Art of the Title.
F Nov 01Last Day to Withdraw
T Nov 05Demo & Discuss: Dialogue Editing
Assignment: Approved Color. Color grading complete. On behalf of your crew, the colorist will (1) secure the professor's approval on the color grade before today's class; and (2) submit to the appropriate D2L assignment folder screen shots (jpgs) which compare before and after color correction grading from three points in the film's timeline (preferably different scenes).
R Nov 07Demo & Discuss: Foley and Effects
T Nov 12Assignment: Approved Dialogue Edit
R Nov 14
T Nov 19Assignment: Approved Foley, FX, & Atmosphere Mix
R Nov 21Assignment: Approved Score
T Nov 26Assignment: Trailer
R Nov 28Thanksgiving: No Class Meeting
T Dec 03Assignment: Approved Audio Mix
R Dec 05Final Exam: Completed Film (1159a)
T Dec 1012:30-02:30p Final Exam: Marketing Promotional and festival entry materials (Poster, Film Freeway Profile).
Final Exam Review.
R Dec 1212:30-02:30p Final Exam: Assessment
Participation: Peer Evaluation
R Dec 12Final Exam: Public Screening (0800p). A film isn't a film until it's shared with an audience. Your presence is required.
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