Developing Ideas for Film
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Course Number: NFLM 3500
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
In developing an idea for a film, you need to address three primary questions: What are you going to film? How are you going to film it? How are you going to structure the material? In this course, each student develops a concept for a five-minute non-sync-sound film (which could be produced in the Filmmaking Studio course), exploring these questions before production begins. The course covers preproduction details—initial concept, synopsis, treatment, script, storyboards, shot list, scheduling, location scouting, and cost—through class and instructor analysis of each student's idea. Through screenings and analysis of classic movie scenes, the class explores the cinematic choices available to filmmakers, with a focus on subsequent application, decisions about character and story development, narration and dialogue, visual composition and camera placement, jump cuts, continuity, montage, camera movement, and lighting. This course is recommended for students planning to take Filmmaking Studio 1.