Film 3: Advanced Pre-Production
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Course Number: NFLM 3670
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Media Studies
- Film & Video Production
Student filmmakers learn how to lay the groundwork for an advanced narrative, documentary, or experimental film or digital motion picture project. A variety of approaches to visual storytelling are examined from the concept to dramatic structures, character development, tone, and style. Each student develops a script for a seven- to ten-minute project based in or around New York City. In the second half of the course, students engage in a series of exercises that help them find the right artistic and practical approaches to their scripts while they continue refining their stories. They learn to develop a visual approach to written material. The important ways in which short films differ from full-length features are considered, and the workshop ends with shot breakdowns, planning, storyboarding, and location scouting. Prerequisite: Filmmaking Studio 1 or equivalent experience. This course must be taken before Film 4: Advanced Film Production. Note: This class was previously called Film 2: Advanced Pre-production and Development. Please do not repeat this course. Film 3 fulfills a requirement of the Certificate in Film Production.