Jan 21, 2021  
2020-2021 Course Catalog 
2020-2021 Course Catalog
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VCT 1133 - Filmmaking 1: Introduction to Filmmaking Production

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 2 Lab 2
Course Description: Filmmaking is storytelling. This foundational filmmaking industry course covers the fundamentals of applied storytelling as well as the basic operation and use of video cameras, camera supports, lighting, and other accessories, along with techniques for basic editing. This course examines how story guides production decisions. Students have an opportunity to plan and shoot short film productions.

Note: Some class assignments require students to move, lift, and carry video equipment.

Note: The basis of this industry is to travel to the location of the subject to be filmed. With this in mind, students will be required to travel to locations off-campus and outside of class times to film content for this course. It is the student’s responsibility to provide themselves with reliable transportation or adequate arrangements for rides.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): None
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: Concurrently enrolled in VCT 1131

Major Content

  1. Fundamentals of applied storytelling and their impact on production decisions
  2. Assistant camera operators, assistant editors and other careers in filmmaking and video production
  3. Operation and use of video cameras
  4. Camera supports, lighting, and other accessories
  5. Basic video editing
  6. Planning and shooting short film productions

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. describe story structure.
  2. define picture composition.
  3. demonstrate basic camera operation.
  4. describe the role of an assistant camera operator.
  5. describe the role of an assistant editor.
  6. demonstrate the basic use of camera supports, lighting, and other accessories.
  7. demonstrate the use of a video editing system.
  8. demonstrate the use of effects, transitions, retiming, and color correction.
  9. plan and complete a short film in a team situation.
  10. apply video editing techniques to complete a film production.

Competency 1 (1-6)
Competency 2 (7-10)

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