This course combines film history and filmmaking technique to explore the medium as an art form and a tool for personal expression. We will examine the ways that filmmaking helps heighten self awareness and the ways that great films help elevate human consciousness.
WHO THE COURSE IS FOR
This course is designed for anyone exploring: the art of making films, the technical and psychological hurtles of low-budget productions, the political nature of the film industry and the role of film in helping to shape history.
Those who are figuring out what they want to communicate to the world may find this holistic approach useful. Students will be encouraged to cultivate their broader artistic vision to build a foundation upon which to build their body of work.
- Choosing a subject (or letting it choose you)
- Incorporating feedback (from audiences and friends)
- Finding ones cinematic voice
- The rudiments and symbolism of composition
- Creative collaborations and on set discipline
- Screenwriting, storyboarding, directing & cinematography
- Editing, sound design and score.
- Pacing and audience attention span
- Distilling from a high ratio of source material
- Filmmaking burnout and loss of objectivity
- Producer/Investor relations and interference
Students will learn an array of filmmaking strategies relating to each aspect of the medium by exploring the techniques used in early Hollywood films. Each student will create several short films to demonstrate what they’ve learned.
Online film education often focuses on how to sell scripts or make it in the industry while university film departments are left to study the art of cinema through an academic lens. This may be why most of the great artistic achievements in film happened in the past.
For decades the emphasis has been on commercial viability. A reasonable temptation, but the real alchemical gold for humanity are films that change people's lives and alter the way we view the world.
This course will help filmmakers evaluate their motivations and investigate their core beliefs in order to develop an overall sense of direction with their work. Examples from film history will be used to inspire ideas and help students map out the previously inhabited territory they are entering.
Hands-on filmmaking exercises will be assigned and discussed as they progress.
The course will provide an overview of many socially conscious and artistically significant films.
We will discuss the evolving economic and political realities that filmmakers face
A look at some of the tools artists develop to face their most difficult challenges, creative, psychological and professional.
Rather than approaching filmmaking from a career perspective or viewing it strictly as an art form or political tool, we will examine instances where all of these impulses merged into one and inspired the world.
Breaking In: How 20 Film Directors Got Their Start by Nicholas Jarecki
Spike, Mike, Slakers and Dykes by John Pierson
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-Rock ’N’ Roll Generation Saved Hollywood. by Peter Biskind, Dick Hill
Searching for John Ford by Joseph McBride