Filmmaking (Documentary, Experimental, and Fiction)

Program Scope

Documentary, fiction, and experimental pathways provide students with the opportunity to develop the various crafts of filmmaking — including cinematography, directing, editing, producing, production design, and sound. Students apply these skills to the completion of well-executed short film projects spanning the genres of documentary, experimental, and fiction.
 

Documentary Filmmaking

Students interested in nonfiction filmmaking gain the necessary skills to craft compelling, socially engaging documentaries. Students who chose to focus their elective units in this area often graduate having produced three or more short documentary films.
 

Sample Documentary Production Courses

  • CINE 458: Writing for Documentary and Nonfiction 
  • CINE 472: Documentary Filmmaking Workshop 
  • CINE 626: Explorations in Documentary Production 
  • CINE 630: Workshop in Experimental Documentary
  • CINE 634: International Documentary Workshop
  • CINE 640: Advanced Documentary Workshop
  • CINE 652: Documentary Animation 

Experimental Filmmaking

Experimental filmmaking courses offer students the opportunity to reflect on the intimate relationship between experimental cinema, the historical avant-gardes, and contemporary art. Students who chose to focus their elective units in this area develop a practice of experimentation in cinema by creating and screening original work.
 

Sample Experimental Production Courses

  • CINE 476: Experimental Filmmaking 
  • CINE 478: Exploration in Interactive Cinema
  • CINE 480: Material Cinema Workshop
  • CINE 616: Immersive Storytelling Through Virtual Reality
  • CINE 630: Workshop in Experimental Documentary
  • CINE 632: Media Archaeology in Cinema 
  • CINE 651: Experimental Animation 

Fiction Filmmaking

Students pursuing fiction filmmaking gain the necessary skills to craft compelling films that challenge and entertain audiences. Students who chose to focus their elective units in this area often graduate having produced two or three short films and/or develop their craft in the areas of cinematography, production design, sound work, or editing.
 
 

Sample Fiction Production Courses

  • CINE 412: Sound Production for Film
  • CINE 414: Exploring Sound Design for Cinema
  • CINE 416: Sound Editing and Mixing 
  • CINE 418: Production Design and Art Direction 
  • CINE 420: Projects in Film Editing  
  • CINE 422: Performing for the Screen
  • CINE 424: Directing Actors 
  • CINE 426: 16mm Cinematography 
  • CINE 428: Digital Cinematography 
  • CINE 470: Mobile Media Production Workshop 
  • CINE 474: Workshop in Fiction Filmmaking 
  • CINE 612: Directing Visual Style 
  • CINE 614: Advanced Lighting Techniques 
  • CINE 620: Advanced Fiction Filmmaking I
  • CINE 622: Advanced Fiction Filmmaking II
  • CINE 627: Producing and Financing Films I
  • CINE 628: Producing and Financing Films II
  • CINE 654: Writing and Performing in Film and Theatre
 
 
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