This course will introduce the art, technology, language, and appreciation of film, exploring the varieties of film experience, film and the other arts, and the ways of viewing. Students will learn about the basic cinematic techniques and structures, including mise-en-scene and montage, use of cinematic time and space, the image, soundtrack, and the script. Consideration will also be given to analyzing the fundamentals of film production, directing, acting, and editing; how the elements of the production process are analyzed separately, then brought together to show how they create the emotional and intellectual impact of the film experience. Film examples will be screened in class.
There’s a whole world of filmmaking (and quite a few jobs) outside Hollywood, and this course will introduce you to that world. Students examine both the positive and negative factors that influence filmmaking outside the Hollywood studio system as well as how independent themes communicate different messages about American culture to audiences. The course pays particular attention to new patterns of financing, production, distribution, exhibition and reception as the boundaries between studio and indie filmmaking grow ever hazier. We will examine independent genre cinema and the rise of micro-budgeted and digitally made films at home and abroad in light of broader cultural changes including the Internet, social media, trans-media and shifts in film criticism.
This course will cover the fundamental elements of producing, designing and editing sound for film. Students will learn the basics of audio recording, sound editing and multi-track sound design specifically for the moving image. Topics to be covered include microphone techniques, field and studio recording, Foley techniques and using digital audio multi-tracking software. Students will also collaborate in creating and performing music compositions, sync sound effects, and sync sound dialogue recording. We will also be viewing, listening, and studying the historical to present day techniques in sync sound production.
This course focuses elements that enhance storytelling, and explores professional concepts and techniques in digital cinematography. Students will the role of the cinematographer, determine set and lighting needs, interpreting the script, become familiar with topics including continuity, camera control and lens selection, exposure meters, color, filters, working with a crew, jib operation, and more.
This course focuses on storytelling skills for film and video. Students will be introduced to storyboarding conventions and techniques. Storytelling is explored first with a traditional, "continuity style" approach, and subsequently with more experimental approaches. The principles and issues presented are relevant for film and video.
- Instructor: Colin Harris
In this course students will learn fundamental principles of screenwriting. Students will be introduced to screenplay format for the feature film, screenplay structure, and screenwriting, including a workshop of student pitches, treatments, screenplays and synopses. Students will be required to write a short (minimum eight-minute/maximum fifteen minute) script.
In this course students are introduced to the essential editing technologies, techniques and processes used in film, television and video industry. Students will explore the concepts of real time versus reel time, cutting to continuity, classical cutting, subjective editing, real time and space and how to preserve them.
The course examines the American film industry, surveying the history and contemporary landscape of film production, distribution and exhibition. The course considers a number of critical issues, including questions of ownership and control, workers and labor unions, international dimensions of the American film industry, new technological developments, and independent and regional filmmaking. The course offers students the opportunity to critically analyze the entertainment industry and to understand the complex forces that bolster the national and global dominance of this historically influential industry.
Many business aspects of film production are covered in this very comprehensive and challenging course. Students will be introduced to the business side of Hollywood. Unlike other professions, there is no rhyme or reason in this business and certainly no guarantees. Students will explore the side of entertainment that most people don’t know, don’t understand, and don’t recognize as something that MUST be learned and mastered if one wants a career in entertainment. After all, they don’t call it ―show art,‖ they call it ―show business.‖ You will be equipped to embark on a long career in entertainment.
By utilizing the skills and experience obtained from previous coursework, students produce a short movie project up to eight minutes in length which will be shot in digital video. Emphasis is placed on developing basic skills in scripting, planning, camera movement, sound, lighting, recording, and editing.
(FIL331 Internship I may substitute for FIL312 Digital Video Project I)
Students will study two models of film distribution: those of a major studio and of independent films. Major studio distribution topics will include devising a release plan, analyzing grosses, scheduling bookings, creating a marketing and advertising campaign, and independent film acquisition. Independent film distribution will cover festival circuits and markets, educational and short film distribution, independent features (domestic and foreign), fundraising, and working with agents.
This course will take the student through the process of managing a film/video production from the "business end". Students will analyze scripts and treatments to determine production costs, crewing requirements, location needs, equipment rentals, and associated production costs. Topics will include dealing with production personnel, budgeting, location scouting, permitting, dealing with "civilians" on the set, security issues, unions, transportation, catering, safety, insurance, funds disbursement, expenditure documentation, clearance license fees and other management issues. Students will develop detailed budgets for the scripts they have analyzed, using costs they have researched in the local area.
This Producing course examines the role and functions of the creative producer throughout the life cycle of a film. The creative producer is the person who acquires intellectual property, develops it, packages it, finds financing, and hires and supervises the entirety of the cast and crew from pre-production through distribution. Course will balance classroom lectures with practical field exercises in filmmaking.
The course will explore a range of ideas, methods and theories of narrative film directing. While helping students understand the director's complex functions in the creative process of directing, it will mainly focus on the study and practice in two areas: directing camera and directing acting. In particular, much will be devoted to the understanding of acting and working with actors; casting, rehearsal, character development and performing for the camera.
This is the capstone course of the diploma program in which students combine the technical experience and aesthetic knowledge gathered from other courses to produce a twenty minute, festival length, digital, live-action dramatic movie. Through lectures and demonstrations, students are guided through script development, pre-production, casting, and techniques for directing a narrative film with dialogue. Students then advance to synchronization, editing, and finalization of the picture and sound. Students learn methods and techniques of taking a project through production and shooting, post-production, and distribution. Topics includes blocking and staging camera rehearsals, creating shot lists, call sheets, organizing a shooting plan, crew positions and responsibilities, set procedures and protocol, mise-en-scene, picture editing, sound design, titles and festivals. Emphasis is placed on students developing sound business and management practices within a creative production environment.
This course provides a comprehensive analysis of individual and group behavior in organizations. Its purpose is to provide an understanding of how organizations can be managed more effectively and at the same time enhance the quality of employees work life. Topics include motivation, rewarding behavior, stress, individual and group behavior, conflict, power and politics, leadership, job design, organizational structure, decision making, communication and organizational change and development.
This course serves as an introduction to the study of individual and group behavior in organizational settings. The course will identify various strategies and theories as they relate to human behaviors and how those behaviors contribute to a larger organizational paradigm. Learners will study group dynamics, working in teams, motivation, different types of organizational structures, collaboration and the importance of perception and effective communication.
An evaluation of individual leadership competencies and personal development. This course will concentrate on identifying individual personality traits and how those traits contribute to individual leadership styles. Learns will be required to take individual personality assessments to reveal their innate personality traits and then use what they learn in their assessments to create a personal leadership development plan.
An introduction into leadership theory and practice. Learners will be introduced to the seminal works or of leadership theory and learn about the origins of different leadership styles such as transformational, transactional, charismatic, authoritarian, laissez-faire and democratic. Learners will actively research leadership styles and identify how they have changed since their origin identifying recent concepts and theories in the practice of leadership.
- Instructor: Robert Shepherd
A study in theories related to market strategy and market practice. Learners are introduced to marketing theories and use them to identify opportunities within markets. Learns will be required to formulate market strategies and theoretically implement the strategies in a varying array of cultures and global market environments.
A study in global leadership and identifying aspects of leading organizations spanning across world borders. Learners explore and identify varied roles in leadership to develop an understanding of leader strategy and practice in diverse world cultures. The class identifies areas of concern in a globalized leadership environment and uses real world examples of how international corporations have overcome obstacles to become global leaders in their perspective markets.
A study in leadership theories and practices related to organizational change. The emphasis of the course will be on organizational change theories and concepts, recognizing the need for organizational change, change practices and the application of theories and concepts in an organizational setting. The course will lead students in identifying effective organizational goals and setting SMART goals in an effort to optimize organizational effectiveness. Students will be encouraged to develop critical thinking skills in reference to recent theories and concepts within the study of organizational leadership and organizational change.
This course takes a walk on the dark side as students investigate misuse of the powers associated with effective leadership. Students will identify figures throughout history who effectively used their leadership ability for corruption, deceit and personal gain. This course will use examples of real life corruption to assist students in recognizing unethical leadership practices and identify avenues to combat the dark side of leadership.
BUS-308CS Financial Management An introduction to corporate financial management. Learners are introduced to theories and strategy related to corporate financial management. Learners will have opportunities to conduct budget analysis and corporate budget sheets. The course will explore value creation, value measurement, budgeting and corporate financial management theory.
This course covers systemic bacteria including Staphylococci, Diplococci and syphilis infection of humans, their pathogenesis, modes of transmission, epidemiology, methods for isolation and identification. The course also includes Florida laws and rules governing cosmetology.