Online Courses for Summer

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Session A: June 22 – July 31, 2015
Session C: August 3 – September 11, 2015

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Additional information about these courses will be available in January. Course list is subject to change.

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Summer 2015 Courses

  • Film TV 122B - Introduction to Art and Technique of Filmmaking - 4 units

    Counts toward film minor

    Students acquire understanding of practical and aesthetic challenges undertaken by artists and professionals in making of motion pictures and television. Examination of film as both art and industry: storytelling, sound and visual design, casting and performance, editing, finance, advertising, and distribution. Exploration of American and world cinema from a filmmaker's perspective. Honing of analytical skills and development of critical vocabulary for study of filmmaking as technical, artistic, and cultural phenomenon.

  • Film TV 122E - Digital Cinematography - 4 units

    Counts toward film minor

    Film clips and videotaped on-site demonstrations by Professor Tom Denove highlight this exploration of the principles and practices of digital cinematography. Examine how tools and techniques affect the visual storytelling process. Topics include formats, aspect ratios, cameras, lenses, special effects, internal-menu picture manipulation, lighting, composition, coverage, high definition, digital exhibition, multiple-camera shooting and more.

  • Film TV C132/133 - Screenwriting Fundamentals - 2/4 units

    Counts toward film minor

    C132 - 2 units - Learn the fundamental elements of effective storytelling for the screen. Lectures, readings, screenings and 2 short papers. Offered in Session A and Session C.

    133 - 4 units - Follow the same lectures and readings as C132. Work with a TA from the UCLA MFA screenwriting program to develop a short treatment for your own original feature-length screenplay. Offered in Session A and Session C.

  • Film TV 135A-B-C - Advanced Screenwriting Workshop - 8 units each

    Three 8-unit workshop courses guide you through writing a complete feature-length screenplay.

    Work in small groups with an instructor who is an alumnus of the UCLA MFA screenwriting program. Students begin with the treatment they developed in 133. Write Act I (the first 30 pages) in Film TV 135A, Act II in 135B, and Act III in 135C. Film TV 133 and 135A-B-C is an ideal program to get your screenplay written. Film TV 133 is a prerequisite for this course.

  • Film TV 146 - Art and Practice of Motion Picture Producing: So You Want to Make a Movie? - 4 units

    Counts toward film minor

    An overview of the development, production, and distribution of feature films for the worldwide theatrical market. Topics include identifying material, attaching elements, and understanding the basics of financing for both studio and independent feature films.

  • Film TV C147 - Planning Independent Feature Production / From Script to Budget: the Creative Producer - 4 units

    Learn how to prepare a real-world budget for a feature length screenplay. Emphasis on the role of the producer and on the creative and organizational techniques employed in planning the production of a film.

  • Film TV 184A - Overview of Contemporary Film Industry - 4 units

    Counts toward film minor

    This course, also known as Navigating Hollywood, is an institutional analysis of the American film and television industry. Examine Hollywood's economic structures and business practices. Special emphasis on marketing and distribution systems, the history and operations of studios and networks and their relationships to independent producers, talent and agencies. Know as much as - or more than - the savviest Hollywood insider.

  • Theater 10 - Introduction to Theater - 5 units

    UCLA General Education Credit

    Explores the principles and major components of live theatrical performance,including the collaborative dynamics between director, playwright, actor, and audience. The course covers major theatrical works from around the globe, exploring how theater is informed by and reflects its cultural and historical contexts.

  • Theater 120A - Acting and Performance in Film I - 5 units

    An exploration of screen performance from an artistic, historical and cultural perspective. Examine the Stanislavski "method" and other techniques advanced by famed acting teachers such as Uta Hagen, Stanford Meisner and Stella Adler. Theater 120A, 120B and 120C explore different elements of screen performance and can be taken in any order.

  • Theater 120B - Acting and Performance in Film II - 5 units

    Examine challenges confronted by actors in ten film genres from the 1930s to the present. Streaming lectures and film clips illustrate skills required of performers in epic films, science fiction, musicals, comedies, action/adventure, Westerns, crime and gangster films, horror and suspense, war and anti-war films and dramas. Theater 120A, 120B and 120C explore different elements of screen performance and can be taken in any order.