Producing Webisodes
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Media Studies
Course Number: NMDS 5570
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Topics:
  • Film & Video Production
  • Media Studies
Description:
The "webisode" is not a new genre, but rather a new all-encompassing platform or delivery mechanism for creative content akin to the short film, although the screen it is designed for is smaller, the content is engineered to be episodic, and success is measured by the number of "eyeballs." The goal of the project-level course is to pitch, incubate, develop, write, cast, shoot, edit, and ultimately upload a 5-7 minute pilot episode in the duration of a semester. The concepts should be unique and strongly character driven; professional-caliber production values will be strictly enforced. The semester will be divided into quarters, with students working intensively on development, pre-production, production, and post-production. In the post-production segment, we will study in-depth video compression techniques, visit sites that host video, and discuss the best distribution options or delivery mechanism. Students should have a strong background in audio and video production, as well as a firm grasp of narrative structure and some experience in working with actors.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Prerequisite: Media Practices: Time Based; Media Practices: Design; Media Practices: Interactive; or instructor permission