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
Student filmmakers learn how to lay the groundwork for an advanced narrative, documentary, or experimental film or digital motion picture project. They learn to develop a visual approach to written material. In the first weeks of the course, the class examines a variety of approaches to visual storytelling, from the concept to dramatic structures, character development, tone, and style. Each student develops a script for a seven- to ten-minute film based in or around New York City. In the second half of the course, students engage in a series of exercises designed to help them find the right artistic and practical approaches to their scripts while they continue refining their stories. The important ways in which short films differ from full-length features are discussed. The workshop ends with shot breakdowns, planning, storyboarding, and location scouting. Prerequisite: Filmmaking Studio 2 or equivalent experience. This course must be taken before Film 4: Advanced Film Production. This course was formerly called Film 2: Advanced Preproduction and Development. If you have taken that course, do not take this one; it is the same course.