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Nflm3632 Film Making Lab Syllabus

Nflm3632 Film Making Lab Syllabus

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NFLM3632FilmmakingLab:Art,TechnologyandTools|Fall2011|Prof.JeremyBrooke,Brooke@newchool.edu
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NFLM3632FilmmakingLab:Art,TechnologyandTools
Fall2011Tues.,11:40PMto2:40PMProf.JeremyBrooke,Brookej@newschoo1.eduNewSchoolFilmProductionOffice:(212)229-5899
CourseDescription
 
:Torealizeanartisticvisioninfilm,thefilmmakerneedsathoroughunderstandingofthetechnology,process,andtoolsoffilmmaking.Inthishands-oncourse,studentsexploreadvancedconceptsandtechniquesinfilmanddigitalmediaproductionthroughin-classassignmentsandexercisesevolvingintoincreasinglycomplexcollaborativeprojects.Theclasscoversarangeoftopics,includingoperationofadvanced16mmfilmandHDdigitalcameras,filmstocksandvideoformats,thestructureofafilmcrewandtheresponsibilitiesofitsmembers,lensesandlightingequipment,shootingexteriorsandinteriors,gripping,productiondesign,fieldsoundrecording,preproductionplanningandbreakdowns,filmandHDworkflows,andthecollaborativeprocess.Workingasateam,studentssetupandshootseveralscenesinclassandtwoscenesonlocationusingsync-soundfilmandHDcamerasandrotatingcrewpositions.Theclassscreensandreviewsthescenesafterward.Studentshonetheirskillsandworkcollaborativelytomastervariousaspectsoffilmproduction,gainingthetechnicalknowledgenecessarytosuccessfullyexecuteadvancedfilmandvideoprojects.(3credits)
RecommendedTexts
“
Cinematography:TheoryandPractice:ImageMakingforCinematographers.Directors.AndVideographers.” 
BlainBrown,FocalPress,2002
Filmmaker’sHandbook:AComprehensiveGuidefortheDigitalAge
.”EdwardPincusandStevenAscher,Plume/Penguin,2008
Assignments
Mostofthisclass’isdedicatedtothecompletionofshootingyourindividualfilms.Inordertoaccomplishthistask,youmustcompletealltherequiredpreproductionworkandtechnicalexams.Allwrittenassignmentsmustbetyped.
CourseWork
Studentswillprimarilybecompletingallassignmentsaspartofalargegrouporsmallersub-group.Dependingonthesizeoftheclass,largegroupsmayvaryfrom6-8students.
GroupAssignments
Fortheoutofclassassignments,studentsarebrokeninto2largergroups(ProductionCompanies),eachresponsibleforproducing2movies–oneshoton16mmfilmandoneshotdigitally–overthecourseofthesemester.EachProductionCompanyisthensplitintosub-groups–“Producers”and“Crew”–foreachofthetwoprojectsthattheProductionCompanyisresponsiblefor.EachstudentwilldooppositedutiesonFilmandHDprojects.Allmoviesmustmeetcriteriaasassignedinclassforlengthandcontenttobeaccepted.
 
NFLM3632FilmmakingLab:Art,TechnologyandTools|Fall2011|Prof.JeremyBrooke,Brooke@newchool.edu
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Workindividualstudentisresponsiblefor:
(Ex.forstudentinProductionCompanyAD,responsiblefor16mmMovieAandDigitalMovieB):
 
Workinsmallgrouptowrite2-5pagescript(ProducersA)
 
WorkinsmallgrouptodoscriptbreakdownandsecureneededmaterialsandcastforMovieA(producersA)
 
Workinsmallgrouptodoshotlist,lightingplanforMovieB(CrewB)
 
Workinlargergrouptoplanandexecute3dayshootofMovieA
 
Workinlargergrouptoshootandcrew3-dayshootofMovieB
 
Individuallycompletepeerreviewofgroupmembersforbothproductions
 
WorkinsmallgrouptoeditMovieA/Screen“Final”Film(producersA)
 
Participation:Youmustbepresentandactivelyinvolvedinclassdiscussion,in-classshoots,workshopsandexercises(seebelow).
GradingSummary
Gradeswillbedeterminedindividuallyattheinstructor’sdiscretion.Whilesomeassignmentswillgetagroupgrade,eachstudentwillbeassignedgradesattheendofthecoursebasedontheirindividualeffortandcoursework.Yourfinalgradewillnotbedeterminedasagroupandwillbebasedonthefollowing:
 
5%MovieAScript—Producer2-5minutefilm(3-6pages)
 
5%MovieAScriptBreakdown–Producer
 
5%MovieBShotlist–Crew
 
20%ProduceandDirectMovieA
 
20%CrewMovieB+Footage
 
10%EditMovieA
 
10%PeerReviewCrew/Producers
 
20%Attendance/Participationinclassshoots
 
5%PassingBothHDandARRIFLEXSRCameraTest
Attendance&Participation
ThisisVERYimportant,astheclassrequiresthatyoufullygraspthetechnicalaspectsoftheequipment.Missingmorethantwoclasssessionswithoutinstructorpermissionwillresultinfailureandtherevocationofequipmentaccessprivileges.Anexcusedabsencerequirescontactingme24hourspriortoclass,andmyaffirmativeresponsethattheabsenceisexcused.Excessiveorrepetitivelatenesstoclassisnotacceptable;itwillaffectyourgrade.Whileinclass.Studentsareexpectedtoactivelyparticipateinclassdiscussionsandexercises.
Note:Noincompleteswillbegiveninthiscourse.Foranyoneneedingagradeoranapprovalintheclass,theabsolutelastdaytoturninworkisDecember15th.Whiletherearepossiblycircumstanceswherestudentscannot,forsomeexternalreason,fulfilltheattendanceorcrewingrequirementoftheclass,Idonotmakejudgmentsaboutthem.Theseareoftenpersonalanddifficultcircumstances,however,theclassrequirementsremainthesameforeveryone.Inotherwords,youmustattendallrequisiteclasssessionsandmeet
 ALL
outofclassproductionrequirements.
 
NFLM3632FilmmakingLab:Art,TechnologyandTools|Fall2011|Prof.JeremyBrooke,Brooke@newchool.edu
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ShootingandCrewingCommitments
Inthethirdweekofclass,youwillallcommittoshootingandcrewingdatesforthe10thand12thweeksofclass.DateswillbeassignedtoyoubasedontheProductionStudioyouareinandstudentsmaynotchangethem.Eachstudentwillbeontwoshoots,oneoveraweekendandoneduringtheearlypartofaweek.You!!!!!!!attendbothshoots,atthecalltimessetbythedirector/producerofthefilm,andperformallassigneddutiestopasstheclass.Aswewilldiscuss,studentsinourclassmusthaveasubstantialcrewroleoneachclassproject(DONOTaskafellowstudenttobeaPA).IfthereisconflictIwillintervene.Pleaserememberthatyouareacommunityoffilmmakersandthateveryoneisheretolearnahighlyspecializedcraft.Thequalityoftheprojectsisveryimportant,butthelearningenvironmentoftheclassisparamount.Additionally,studentsineachProductionStudioareresponsiblefinanciallyforanylossordamagetotheequipmentwhileitisonyourshoot.Whileusingoutsidecrewinprimarypositionsisnotallowedfortheseprojects,ifyoudoaskpeopleoutsideofclasstoroundoutyourcrew,itisinyourbestinteresttoensurethattheyknowhowtousetheequipmentandthattheyarepeopleyoutrust.
PracticalExam
Youmustattendandpassthe
16mmfilm
and
HD
practicalexams(dateTBA)inordertocheckoutequipment.Ifyoudonotpassthepracticalexam,youwillnothaveclearancetocheckoutequipmentandyouwillnotpassthecourse.

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