m - TMA 319 Course Syllabus Winter `11 Instructor: Thomas...

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TMA 319 Course Syllabus Winter `11 Instructor: Thomas Russell Office: F348 Office Phone: 422-1887 Email: film62@comcast.net Texts The Visual Story by Block On Filmmaking: An Introduction to the Craft of a Director by Mackendrick Moviemaker’s Master Class: Private Lessons from the World’s Foremost Directors by Tirard Course Description This course will apply directing approaches, principles and techniques -- including script analysis, interpretation, and conceptualization. Students will workshop methods of storytelling performance, production design, composition, blocking, screen grammar, editing, and scene anatomy. Students will also help produce advanced projects. Course Objective This course is designed to help students in focusing and refining their media directing skills as well as applying producorial skills in an advanced production setting. Film and video production can be a costly enterprise. It is hoped that students unable to afford advanced production projects will not be denied the opportunity of developing advanced directing skills. It is further hoped that students hired to direct projects professionally will be able to distinguish themselves as directors by understanding a variety of approaches and the tools available to realize a concept. The course intends to help students utilize the tools of direction – contrasted with the duties of production – to more clearly understand the director’s craft as storyteller. Program Learning Outcomes Addressed in this Course Students will: * Synthesize acquired knowledge * Integrate newly acquired knowledge with personally resonant themes and ideas * Creatively apply cinematic strategies in shaping their ideas * Perform some of the basic procedures of film production * Develop proficiency at a technical skill * Assume personal responsibility for learning and for their work * Collaborate effectively with other students * Practice and articulate their own ethics of media arts by scrutinizing, reflecting on, and participating in the arts through the light of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ
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Course Learning Outcomes What We’ll Learn: Script analysis and interpretation Conceptualization and Philosophy Directing actors Presenting emotional/psychological state Use of color and contrast Use of line, depth, and motion Screen grammar Visual structure Composition: angle and proximity The logistics of production How We’ll Measure It: Assignments #1, 4, 5, 7, in-class discussion Assignments #1, 3, 5, 6, 7, in-class participation Assignments #2, 5, 7, in-class participation Assignments #4, 5, 7, in-class participation Assignment #3, 6, 7, in-class discussion Assignment #3, 6, 7, in-class discussion Assignment #6, 7, in-class participation Assignment #4, 5, 6, 7, in-class participation Assignment #4, 6, 7, in-class participation Crew Work on Advanced Projects (See H) Students will be expected to: Understand and master the above skills Attend class punctually and participate in discussions and activities (see attendance policy)
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