Digital Filmmaking 1: Pre-Production Studio
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Level: Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Media Studies
Course Number: NMDS 5430
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Media Studies
Students will lay the groundwork for advanced filmmaking rendered in the genre and/or mode of their choosing. Participants learn strategies for visualizing and materializing written words, workshopping their projects from concept through development. Students engage in a series of exercises designed to help them find the most appropriate creative and practical methods for producing their work. Throughout the course, students are challenged to make active and informed use of the theoretical frameworks and contemporary cultural, political and ethical perspectives relevant to their projects as they engage in research and writing analysis. Ideas will be considered from multiple approaches, including experimental, narrative, documentary, hybrid, and expanded cinematic practices. By the end of the course all students will have completed a written proposal, treatment, shot breakdown, budget, storyboard, visual strategy and sound strategy. In consultation with the instructor, final projects may take the form of fully realized films, rough sketches and preliminary interviews, or scripts intended for production in Digital Filmmaking 2. Prerequisite: Media Practices: Digital Cinema or Digital Cinema (DOC) (can be taken concurrently with Digital Filmmaking 1; please ask for permission) NOTE: This class is taken in preparation for Digital Filmmaking 2: Production Studio. We recommend to take the Cinematic Aesthetics Proseminar before Digital Filmmaking 1.
Course Open to: Majors Only


Open to Graduate students.