VIRTUAL LESSON PORTAL

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THE ORIGINS OF FILM

This virtual lesson will discuss the origins of photography and the moving image starting with the ancient Greek principle of motion to the creation of the first photographic image and early projection as entertainment. 

MOVEMENTS IN EARLY CINEMA

This virtual lesson will explore many of the major milestones in early cinema history such as Soviet montage, German expressionism, the French new wave and the Hollywood studio system. 

SCREENWRITING: AN INTRODUCTION

An introduction to screenwriting. This virtual lesson will discuss how to properly format a screenplay, outline a compelling story, develop dynamic characters and ultimately bring your first script to fruition. 

THE STAGES OF FILM PRODUCTION

This virtual lesson will overview the five main stages of film production: Development, Pre-Production, Production, Post-Production, and Distribution.

PRODUCTION OFFICES & DEPARTMENTS

This virtual lesson will overview the many offices, departments, and people who work tirelessly to bring a film production from script to screen. 

TECH OF PRODUCTION

This virtual lesson will introduce the various equipment required for digital film production as well as provide tips / suggestions for students interested in purchasing their own equipment. 

THE DIGITAL CAMERA: SETTINGS

This virtual lesson will explain the various settings on digital film camera and when certain settings are appropriate. Settings to be covered include Resolution, Frame Rate, Shutter, ISO, Gain, White Balance as well as serval others. 

CINEMATOGRAPHY: COMPOSITION

This virtual lesson will explore the many ways an image can be composed and how certain framing choices can influence the direction of a narrative as well as the attention of the viewer. 

CINEMATOGRAPHY: LIGHTING

This virtual lesson will discuss the many ways in which light can be used to create a visual atmosphere that evokes an emotional reaction from the viewer and shapes the mood of the film. 

MICROPHONES & PICKUP PATTERNS

This virtual lesson will explain the many different types of microphones used on a film production and overview which pickup patterns are best suited for certain recording situations. 

THE POWER OF EDITING

This virtual lesson will introduce students to the tremendous power of editing, discuss the history of post production and explore the various styles of several accomplished editors. 

POST PRODUCTION: JUXTAPOSITION

This virtual lesson will explain the many different types of microphones used on a film production and overview which pickup patterns are best suited for certain recording situations. 

POST PRODUCTION: SOUND DESIGN

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. 

POST PRODUCTION: COLOR GRADING

This virtual lesson will discuss the grading process in post-production and how editors and artists use colors and tints to establish visual moods and create that filmic look.  

THE FILM DIRECTOR

This virtual lesson will discuss the key responsibilities of the most important position on a film set - the Director. Tune in as several professional Directors share lessons learned on set. 

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. 

THE PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

This virtual lesson will overview the important role Production Assistants serve on a film set as well as provide suggestions for starting your own career as a PA.