SVL PORTAL

COM 445 - ADVANCED DOCUMENTARY

Through this virtual lesson portal, COM 445 students will be able to access course material (syllabi, readings, assignments) as well as COM 445 virtual lessons. Each virtual lesson will include a variety of learning activities such as video lectures, narrated presentations, film screening assignments as well as interactive online exams and projects.

GETTING STARTED

To make the best of this semester, let's take a moment to recap several elements of digital film production and ensure you have everything you'll need to get started!

Complete by August 26th, 2020

UNDERSTANDING DOCUMENTARY FILM

What makes something a documentary? Talking heads? Statistics? Marching Penguins? What do you really know about nonfiction filmmaking? This virtual lesson will give you a crash course in the exciting history and complex process!

Complete by September 9th, 2020

MODES OF PRODUCTION

Nonfiction films take on many different forms; from the "voice of God" narration to the performative abstract . . . This virtual lesson will outline the six primary modes of production and ask you to consider which mode(s) best fits your story.

Complete by September 14th, 2020

OBSERVATIONAL FILMMAKING

Is it possible to just observe? Is it possible be a "fly on the wall" with a video camera? Or does your presence alter the truth of the moment? As nonfiction filmmakers, how can we be objective with our storytelling?

Complete by September 21st, 2020

VISUAL STORYTELLING

How do we tell a story using images alone? As filmmakers, we must learn to interpret meaning from the images we capture and use the power of juxtaposition to create something more.

Complete by September 21th, 2020

THE SOUND OF CINEMA

This virtual lesson will explore the way musical soundtracks, audio landscapes, and sound effects are created to bring the visual world of a film to life and asks that you take a closer listen to John Krasinski's 2018 film, A Quiet Place.

Complete by April 19th, 2020

BEING A MOBILE JOURNALIST

​​This virtual lesson will cover the basics of becoming a mobile journalist in this ever-changing media landscape and will encourage you to start using the technology you have in your pocket for a greater good.

Complete by April 25th, 2020

SCREENWRITING: AN INTRODUCTION

This virtual lesson will be an introduction to screenwriting and basic storytelling, overviewing how to properly format a screenplay, outline a compelling story using Nigel Watts' 8 point arc and ultimately how to bring your first script to fruition.

Complete by May 2nd, 2020

MASTER CLASS: JEREMY GARELICK

This Virtual Master Class will feature an interview with writer / director, Jeremy Garelick as he discusses his process producing an indie feature as well as gives advice for creatives who are interested in the world of independent filmmaking.

Complete by May 9th, 2020

STARTING YOUR CAREER

This virtual lesson will break down the various ways a person can get their career in film / television started while helping students discover the path that's best for them.

No Deadline - Optional for Summer 2020

EDITING BASICS: GETTING STARTED

Interested in film editing and post-production but don't know where to begin? This virtual lesson will get you going with DaVinci Resolve (FREE) and provide you with all the resources you need to get started!

No Deadline - Optional for Summer 2020

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