CMS 121 – Fundamentals of Filmmaking

Course Outline

Course Number & Name:  CMS 121 Fundamentals of Filmmaking

Credit Hours:  3.0               Contact Hours:  3.0            Lecture:  2.0                   Lab:  2.0                Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  Grade of “C” or better in CMS 113 or placement

Co-requisites:  None                                                          Concurrent Courses:  None

Course Description: This introductory course is designed to acquaint students with the basic elements of film production. Students are taught the aesthetics and techniques required for producing a short narrative film. They are also introduced to techniques in producing, writing, cinematography, directing, and editing. Students are required to write, produce, and direct a short film. Note: Students are required to share in the expenses involved in their productions.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. develop a storyboard and script for a short film from an original idea;
  2. utilize cinematographic techniques to convey meaning and create visual interest in a short film;
  3. plan and implement a film shoot with a variety of crew roles; and
  4. edit filmed scenes into a short narrative or experimental film.
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