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PreCollege Summer Immersion Program

Digital Film Production

Cinematic Storytelling: An Introduction to Filmmaking on Location (online)

Through a study of the technology, art, and history of filmmaking on location, students will learn about the underlying principles, aesthetics, and techniques of film production outside of the studio. This course will introduce students, with little or no previous knowledge of video and film, to basic technical and aesthetic concepts related to cinematic storytelling and motion picture production on location.

Through readings, lectures, screenings, analysis, and group discussions, the student will gain a knowledge of the three stages of filmmaking: pre-production, production, and post-production, as they have evolved over the last century and how they exist today in the motion picture industry.

Topics include: screenwriting, storyboarding, image design, sound design, basics of cinematography, casting, filming on location, editing, and the exhibition/screening of work. 

Each student will then apply what they have learned by producing their own media project in their own personal location. Working individually students will write, produce, edit, and screen a short narrative video or photo project using their phone or own personal camera. Emphasis will be placed on constructing character and telling stories through composition, cinematography, sound, and editing. Students will present their projects to the class for discussion and upload to a virtual gallery/exhibition.

Materials: Students will need a phone or camera and a computer or tablet.

To see current students' work from Pace University's Film & Screen Studies department, check out the Spring 2020 Virtual Student Film Festival!