This course will cover Film Storytelling, Terminology, Basic Camera Setups, Sound Collection, Basic Lighting Techniques, as well as Pre –Production (Writing/Storyboarding), Production (Filming/Sound Collection), and Post-Production (Editing) Duties.
No video equipment or extra materials are needed to take this course. All equipment is provided by Pacific Design Academy.
Course Length: 6 weeks, 36 hours
Course Hours: 5:30pm-8:30pm. Tuesdays & Thursdays
Review the course outline.
Student & Instructor Introductions.
Quick Introduction to the history of cinema.
Handout: AFI’s 100 Greatest Films.
Discuss Class’ favourite film(s) and why?
Assignment: Find a clip on YouTube of a favourite or
compelling scene from a movie you enjoy. Play the clip, and afterword explain
its’ significance, and what it means to you.
View Students’ clips, and analysis.
Discussion: Class input on clips.
Cover Basic Film Terminology.
Basic Film Storytelling: Formatting & Understanding the outline, and scripting process.
Review examples of script pages, and see how they are translated onto film.
Assignment: Write a 2-3 page script based on the
criteria given in class (Plot/Setting/Characters choses from a hat/box).
Review Student-written scripts.
Have a Student table-read of scripts.
Have students give each other constructive criticism.
Basic Storyboarding: Class will go over the importance storyboard has on the filmmaking process.
Students will take the previous script they have
written and will make a basic story board of their scene(s).
Camera Basics: Students will learn the art of cinematography, and sound collection, and well as various techniques and equipment used is this process.
Basic Lighting Techniques: Students will learn how to do a basic lighting setup showcasing various lighting effects.
Assignment: Students will create a 10 Photo Montage
that tells a story including an Introduction and resolution.
Students will take script page handouts and film them
together and cycle through production roles.
Basics of Editing:
Student will learn the art, and terminology of editing.
Class will take clips, and edit them together using
various editing techniques.
Discussion of Final Project: Students will write, shoot and produce a
5-page screenplay in teams or as class with each student taking a different
role in the production.
Class time: Shooting 5-page script
Class time: Shooting/Importing/Editing
Class time: Editing footage and adding text.
Class time: Editing and Exporting Final Projects
Review of Final
Guest Lecture: Realities of the Industry
I have had such an amazing experience during this program! All of the material covered was relevant and informative. The instructor's passion for film and video made it easy to learn and I am leaving this program with skills and techniques that I can apply in my current career. I am looking forward to taking more film classes if offered in the part time program. I would recommend this course to anyone who is looking to get into the film industry or learn more about it as well as anyone who wants to get a first-hand look at Adobe Premiere and editing which I found super beneficial. (Date: 2016.)
“The instructor for Intro to Film, Shaun Barry, was seriously one of the best teacher's I've had. He always encouraged questions and creativity from us and stoked our artistic fires whenever we needed help.
The advantage to the class size we had was that the entire course felt very personal as Shaun would mentor each student one on one, explaining techniques and concepts in ways that everyone understood.
Already coming to the course with a fair amount of film knowledge, I had a fair amount of advanced questions; Shaun took the time to answer them to the best of his abilities and for those he couldn't answer, he did research and found the answers.
I would highly recommend this course for anyone entertaining the notion of doing anything film related. There's something for everyone!” (Date: 2016.)
“The Intro to Film class at Pacific Design Academy touches on many different aspects of the film industry from scriptwriting to storyboarding and shooting to editing. It is a great first look at the film industry for anyone who is interested in film that may be considering the full-time motion picture program. Shaun is very knowledgeable and engaging with his students and has first-hand experience working in the industry.” (Date: 2016.)