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FP 102: Writing for Television

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98.

Introduction to fundamentals of writing for television and the short form, including elements of story, character and dialog, pitching and formatting. Examples of successful television scripts will be analyzed, and students will produce a short teleplay.

FP 111: Independent Producing for Motion Pictures

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98.
Course Advisories: FP 175.

Introductory course identifying the tools and skills necessary for producing independent motion pictures. Analysis of professional development, production methods, current financing options, and distribution strategies will be considered in developing a producing practice.

FP 114: Non-Linear Editing I

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98.

Overview of desktop non-linear video editing, including acquiring digital video and combining and editing source material to create complete digital movies. Topics include basic editing techniques; cuts and transitions; adding and altering audio; titling; keying and transparency; and applying filters and effects.

FP 160: Television Studio Production

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98.

Introduction to fundamentals of television studio production, including producing, directing, scriptwriting, performing, production crewing, studio lighting, production design and post-production. Through basic studio exercises and productions, students become familiar with the tools of the medium and the processes involved in the creation of television programming.

FP 165: Television Field Production

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98.

Work in television field production, including producing, directing, scriptwriting, performing, production crewing, field lighting, production design and post-production. Through basic field exercises and productions, students become familiar with the tools of the medium and the protocols and processes involved in the creation of television programming on location.

FP 170: Cinematography I

Introduction to video camera operation and lighting, covering technical and aesthetic issues of studio and location shooting. Technical issues include digital and analog video cameras, lenses and tape formats, lighting and grip equipment. Aesthetic topics focus on using composition, color, light and shadow to create an appropriate look and feel for a scene.

FP 175: Film And Video Production I

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and ENG 103.
Course Advisories: FILMPRO 114 and FILMPRO 170 and FILMST 173/ENG 173.

Introduction to the film and video production process, including scripting, story-boarding, pre-production planning, budgeting, casting, shooting, lighting, sound and editing in both studio and location settings. Students write, produce, direct and edit a personal project and participate in group assignments and projects.

FP 177: Motion Graphics I

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and ENG 103.

Introduction to motion graphics, compositing and 2D animation using Adobe After Effects for film and video applications, including both technical and aesthetic issues. Current industry trends and styles are discussed.

FP 178: Documentary Filmmaking

Course Advisories: FP 175.

Develop storytelling and video production skills through nonfiction filmmaking. Focusing on structure, technique, technical skills and the creative process, we will explore documentary history, learn the tools, and push beyond the limits of time and resources. Refine your ability to reach an audience and meet your objectives. Students will produce a number of short films.

FP 181: Production Sound for Film and Television

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and ENG 103.

Focuses on the techniques, processes, and equipment of production sound including location and studio recording. Covers Dialogue, Atmosphere, Room tone, Foley, ADR, Voice Over, Sound Effects, and the synchronization, recording and editing of digital audio to picture.

FP 185: Directing For The Camera

Prerequisites: FP 175.

Introduction to directing for the camera, including principles of drama, conceptualization of visuals, storyboarding, shot breakdowns, auditioning the actor, staging actors, improvisation, staging the camera, art direction, lighting and sound strategies; also covers blocking, shot execution, development of a signature directorial style, and on-set procedures and protocols. (*UC Transfer Limit: FILMST 185 and TA 185 combined: maximum credit, one course)

FP 201: Narrative in Film

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and ENG 103.

Exploration of the theory, art, and craft of both fiction and non-fiction storytelling in film, video and time-based media. Theoretical and practical issues of creating effective narratives will be examined. Students will begin to identify and develop their personal voice.

FP 207: Color Correction for Film

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for English 98 and 103.
Corequisite: Prior or concurrent enrollment in FP 114.

Fundamentals of digital color correction for moving and still imagery to enhance mood, continuity and story. Appropriate for editors, motion graphic artists and cinematographers. Covers color theory and primary/secondary correction in a variety of software. Current industry trends and styles discussed.

FP 214: Non-Linear Editing II

Prerequisites: FP 114.

Advanced studies in concepts and techniques of desktop non-linear editing, including both technical and aesthetic issues. Large-project management, creating EDLs and client-based editing are covered. Collaborational aspect of editing and how it fits into the production work flow is emphasized. Current trends and styles in editing are discussed.

FP 270: Cinematography II

Prerequisites: FP 170.

Advanced concepts and techniques in digital video shooting, lighting and visual story-telling for both in-studio and location productions. Special emphasis is given to appropriate lighting for various genres.

FP 274: Production II: Webseries Production

An introduction to the online world of web series development, from developing ideas to budgeting, scheduling, prepping, producing and delivering a pilot. Students work collaboratively to produce one episode, along with a budget and plan for the full series, whether it be comedy or drama.

FP 275: Production II: Narrative Filmmaking

Prerequisites: FP 175.

Advanced concepts and production skills specific to narrative filmmaking, including scripting, story boarding, pre-production planning, budgeting, casting, shooting, lighting, sound and editing. Students write, produce, direct and edit a personal narrative project and participate in a group narrative project. Current trends and styles in production are discussed.

FP 276: Production II: Commercial Applications

Prerequisite: FP 175.

Advanced concepts and production skills specific to creating music videos, commercials and corporate/industrial video, from conceptualization through post-production. Protocols, history, conventions and trends in each area are discussed. Students work collaboratively to conceive, develop and produce three representative projects.

FP 278: Production II: Documentary Filmmaking

Prerequisites or Corequisites: FP 175.
Corequisites: FP 175.

Advanced concepts and production skills specific to documentary filmmaking. Includes selected national and international documentary screenings and discussions along with practical exercises, from conceptualization through post-production, that culminate in the production of a short documentary.

FP 279: Motion Graphics and Compositing

Prerequisites: FP 114 or MAT 131.

Motion graphics, compositing and 2D animation theory and practice for film and video applications, including both technical and aesthetic issues. Current industry trends and styles are examined.

FP 281: Post-Production Sound for Film and Television

Course Advisories: FP 181.

Focuses on the creative development of sound elements for post-production in film and television, such as ADR, Foley, sound effect recording/design, music editing, dialogue editing, and the final mixing and mastering process. Includes techniques in field recording, studio recording, and sound design for film and television.

FP 284: Transmedia Production

Prerequisite: FP 114 and FP 175.
Course Advisories: FP 214, FP 275, GDP 212, GDP 215, MAT 145 and MAT 153.

In this multi-disciplinary capstone course, student teams are tasked with producing a real-world transmedia project. Collaborating with, and learning from, the various disciplines represented, each team works toward producing a short film, while concurrently developing complementary transmedia elements including a website, a blog, a mobile app, and campaigns in traditional and social media.

FP 285: Directing For The Camera II

Prerequisites: FP 185/TA 185.

Advanced directing for the camera, covering technical and aesthetic facets of the director's art. Focuses on issues and techniques in the operation of digital motion picture cameras, lighting and sound equipment, conceptualization of visuals, auditioning and staging actors, and development of a signature directorial style.

FP 294: Film Production Capstone

Prerequisites: FP 102 or FS 173 or FP 275 and FP 207 or FP 214 or FP 270 or FP 281 or FP 279 or FP 285, FP 201.

A capstone course for Film Production students near the completion of their program. A festival-ready short film will be produced by the students with crew rolls assigned based on individual skills and goals. Emphasis will be placed on creating a highly polished short film, requiring full commitment from all participants in a professional environment.

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