4 Credit Hours
So, you want to make a movie? Well, here's your chance. THTR 297 Filmmaking offers the opportunity to learn what "making a movie" really means. This course is designed to introduce students to the filmmaking process, from script to screen. We will concentrate our attention on two main elements--understanding the technical concerns of filmmaking and developing students' artistic voice. Working in teams, students will learn how to conceive, plan, organize, light, shoot, record sound, capture footage, and edit material through basic filmmaking exercises, with the end product being the creation of a short film. In conjunction with the technical elements, we will also use exercises and assignments to become better watchers and listeners by developing sharper insights into human nature and through habits of observing the world around us. Ultimately, the goal of the course will be to give students the tools they need to conceive and flesh out ideas that will lead to compelling, authentic, and personally meaningful films. This course satisfies the Fine Arts requirement of the core curriculum.