Cinema Production

Ci 100: Cinema Lab
 

The content of this weekly meeting varies each semester depending on the production status of Unusual Films, but usually includes discussion of current studio and student production, presentation of new technologies, guest speakers, review of industry-related topics and consideration of ethical issues facing the Christian producer. Required of all Cinema Production majors every semester that they are enrolled. Open only to cinema majors and non- majors currently enrolled in cinema classes. [Note: Cinema Production majors are also required to participate in department and personal production activities each semester.]

Ci 111: Introduction to Cinematic Arts  

Survey of the preproduction, production and post-production phases in cinematic productions with emphasis on the visual communication of an idea. Basic hands-on operation of motion picture cameras. Required SD card. Outside lab time involved .

Ci 202: Basic Cinematography  

Operation and handling of professional video cameras, supports and related production equipment. Basic framing, composition and motion picture camera technologies. Students will complete several video projects. Required hard drive.

Prerequisite: Ci 111.

Ci 203: Basic Sound Techniques  

Introduction to the art, science and techniques of sound recording including digital recording, and mixing for quality sound productions. Practical field recording exercises and evaluation of sound tracks, including technical and story elements. Required class approved headphones

Prerequisite: Ci 111.

Ci 204: Intermediate Sound Techniques  

Further study of the art, science and techniques of sound focusing on post- production sound techniques (sound recording, editing and mixing) with a strong emphasis on overall sound design.

Prerequisite: Ci 203.

Ci 301: Cinematography  

An overview of the art and craft of the professional cinematographer, cinematic design, and assembling and prepping equipment for the shoot. Proper setups for various types of shots; exposure, filters and camera handling techniques. Students will shoot film and video exercises and projects. Required film costs.

Prerequisite: Ci 202.

Ci 303: Editing I  

Introduction of the principles, techniques and aesthetics of motion picture editing. Practical training in non-linear video editing using Avid software.

Prerequisite: Ci 111.

Ci 304: Editing II  

Theory and practice of editing in the specific editorial elements of film construction. Class includes the sophomore project.

Prerequisite: Ci 303.

Ci 306: Scenic Design for the Motion Picture  

Students will develop an understanding of the setting, or scenic design, for motion picture production as it relates to the whole production. Includes design drawings and miniatures, set construction, hands-on experience in foam, faux painting and aging techniques, and dressing the set.

Ci 312: Documentary Production Seminar  

Practical experience in documentary production techniques through the creation of video projects. The student will learn to observe and critique the documentary genre and discover creative solutions to problems of production.

Prerequisites: Ci 202, Ci 204, Ci 304.

Ci 315: Animation Procedures  

Techniques of traditional animation including character animation, inbetweening and cleanup. The class will participate in an animation project that will cover the whole gamut of the animation process from script to screen.

Prerequisite: Ci 314.

Ci 316: Digital Imaging Techniques  

Practical experience and training in the use of Photoshop and Adobe After Effects in the creation of graphics and text, composition design, image manipulation and animation techniques. Assignments stress integration of graphics, image correction, titling, movements in 2D and 3D space, motion tracking and motion graphics in student cinematic productions.

Prerequisite: Ci 111.

Ci 378: Aesthetics & History of Cinematic Arts  

A survey of the Christian responsibility of filmmaking through the analysis of historical and culturally significant films. Further analysis of the foundational elements of art and how they apply to the aesthetics of filmmaking.

Ci 405: Screenwriting  

An introduction to effective screenplay structure for documentary and dramatic screenwriting with an emphasis on preparing the student to write the script for his senior project.

Prerequisites: Ci 111, En 102.

Ci 407: Motion Picture Production Techniques I  

Techniques used in operation of production location and soundstage equipment. A survey of general production problems and participation in the production of films. Offered during production years only .

Prerequisite: Ci 111.

Ci 408: Motion Picture Production Techniques II  

Techniques used in operation of production location and soundstage equipment. A survey of general production problems and participation in the production of films. Offered during production years only .

Prerequisite: Ci 407.

Ci 411: Cinema Workshop  

Participation in professional film, multimedia or video production. Offered during production years only .

Prerequisite: Ci 111.

Ci 412: Cinema Workshop  

Participation in professional film, multimedia or video production. Offered during production years only .

Prerequisite: Ci 111.

Ci 414: Makeup for Motion Picture Production  

The application and principles of makeup for motion picture production. Demonstration and practical experience in straight and character makeups.

Ci 415: Three-Dimensional Computer Animation I  

An introduction to the process of three-dimensional computer animation including working in 3-D space; modeling, material editing, shaders, textures and lighting in the 3-D environment. Emphasis will be on a major modeling project.

Ci 416: Three-Dimensional Computer Animation II  

Applies the principles of animation and timing to computer animation using skeletons, deformers, constraints, expressions and dynamics. Examines digital compositing techniques for streamlining the 3-D animation workflow and rendering for output to film, video and multimedia.

Prerequisite: Ci 415.

Ci 417: Cinema Directing  

The functions and responsibilities of the director from the shooting script through the final product. Principles and methods of directing that are applicable to all phases of production in the various cinematic forms.

Prerequisite: Ci 111.

Ci 425: Motion Picture Lighting  

The art and operation of professional lighting equipment for motion picture production in the studio or on location. Basic electrical theory necessary for the safe rigging of electrical equipment. Principles of set lighting for single-camera production.

Prerequisite: Ci 202.

Ci 479: Production Seminar  

Students will have the opportunity to apply the historical and aesthetic principles in the completion of a rough-cut film.

Prerequisite: Ci 312.

Ci 480: Advanced Production Seminar  

Continued work on the creative project which was begun in Ci 479. The emphasis of the semester will be on refining the project in post-production with emphasis on editing, sound effects, music and titles. A review of industry practices is included.

Prerequisite: Ci 479.

Ci 496: Production Internship I  

Practical application of production skills in a structured internship environment. Available during Unusual Films' production semesters or summers. May also be applied to production-related summer job or internship opportunities.

Ci 497: Production Internship II  

Practical application of production skills in a structured internship environment. Available during Unusual Films' production semesters or summers. May also be applied to production-related summer job or internship opportunities.

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