Communication And Culture | Motion Picture Production
C560 | 1212 | Susanne Schwibs


This class is a hands-on introduction to the technical and aesthetic
basics of making 16mm silent films. Students learn how to design,
direct, light, shoot, and edit several short films working
individually as well as in groups.

In one semester you will learn and practice how to produce, shoot and
edit a short film; you will become familiar with the basics of
treatment and script writing, of cinematography and lighting, even
with some basics of animation and of sound. While it helps to have
had some experience in still photography, super-8 or video
production, no experience is required to complete this course
successfully and come away with one or two completed projects to show
to others. Because this is an elementary film class, however, we
cannot produce any complicated or involved projects. For example, you
cannot make a lip-sync sound film, or a lengthy documentary.
Basically, you will be making short silent films; cassette tape
soundtracks (music or a voice-over) are optional.