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2019-2020 Course Catalog 
2019-2020 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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VCT 1133 - Filmmaking 1: Cameras and Story

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 2 Lab 2
Course Description: Filmmaking is storytelling with images. This foundational course will cover the fundamentals of storytelling as well as the basic operation and use of video cameras, tripods, and other accessories, along with techniques for lighting, and audio recording. Students explore how story moves an audience. Students will plan and shoot short film productions. Note: Some course assignments require students to move, lift, and carry video equipment.
MnTC Goals

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

Major Content
  1. The Storytelling Process
  2. Story Structure
  3. Video Cameras
  4. Lenses
  5. Tripods
  6. Dramatic Lighting
  7. Interview Lighting
  8. Microphones
  9. Audio Recording

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

  1. describe story structure.
  2. explain how a video camera operates.
  3. identify the characteristics of video camera lenses and their operation.
  4. identify video camera mounting equipment and movements.
  5. define picture composition.
  6. demonstrate video camera operation.
  7. identify lighting principles, techniques, and equipment.

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

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