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  • Objectives
    Students learn how to:
    * Develop an understanding of the digital video production process: pre-production, shooting, editing, and post-production.
    * Manipulate white balance, aperture, shutter speed, and focus in a video camera to optimize the picture quality in video images.
    * Utilize different shot types including the wide shot, establishing shot, long shot, medium shot, close up, point-of-view, and over-the-shoulder.
    * Utilize different camera movement techniques including static, hand-held, tracking, dolly, pan, tilt, and zoom shots.
    * Carry out basic pre-production tasks, including location planning and scouting, props, wardrobe, and sets, working with talent, and basic lighting setups.
    * Explore various concept and direction styles ranging from scripted narrative and live documentary movie-making traditions.
    * Script and storyboard a short narrative sequence.
    * Record different types of synchronous and non-synchronous sound for video, including dialogue, sound effects, natural sounds, music, and voiceover.
    * Utilize basic editing techniques for video post-production and prepared movies for distribution via disk or the Web.
  • Entry requirements
    To take this course you'll need:
    * Computer with Internet connection (broadband recommended).
    * Non-linear editing program (full directions for Final Cut Express and some notes for Premiere Elements are provided). Students with other non-linear editors (Avid, Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, iMovie, and so on) are invited to join the class but will need to adjust for minor differences in interface and features.
    * Access to a digital video camera, preferably a MiniDV with a FireWire I/O connection.
  • Course description
    Immerse yourself in producing, shooting, and editing digital videos
    Can you hear Sundance calling? In this 6-lesson course, you'll explore the many facets of planning and shooting digital videos.

    You'll learn how to control white balance, aperture, and shutter speed, to get high quality images. You'll explore the different types of shots and camera motion techniques used by the pros and learn how to do location scouting, plan props, wardrobe, and sets, and work with talent.
    Course lectures challenge you to think about different storytelling conventions in narrative and documentary movie-making and address the fundamentals of sound recording. You'll script and storyboard short movie sequences and develop an understanding of the various roles in the video post-production process.

    Course projects include a video camera workout, a camera perspective study, a shot analysis, studies in shot types and camera motion, an instructional video, a silent movie, a soundtrack recording, and a final project where you recreate a short scene from a famous movie.

    Important: Students will need access to a digital video camera with a FireWire connection. The course includes full directions for Final Cut Express and some notes for Premiere Elements, but students can use a non-linear editing program of their choice (Avid, Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, iMovie, and so on). Students who do not use Final Cut Express will need to adjust for minor differences in interface and features.

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