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Advanced Diploma in DIGITAL FILMMAKING - 15 Months
The course comprises 3 months of Foundation, 3 months of Specialization, 2 Pro course modules of 3 months each and a 3-month DFP (Diploma Film Project) module where students gain access to dedicated professional grade equipment and facilities to produce a high quality short film that will function as their calling card to enter the industry as filmmakers.
 

Course Content

Foundation

FX School’s intensive 3-month Filmmaking Foundation gives students a thorough understanding of the craft of filmmaking. Through theory classes and practical projects, students acquire a technical understanding of cinematography and editing.Students learn how to visualise and storyboard their ideas. Students are also introduced to the history and aesthetics of film techniques with examples from popular films and world cinema. Acting classes enable students to learn about an actor’s process and how to direct actors. Students also learn about the role of Photography, VFX and CG in Filmmaking. Over the 3 months, students make two short films.

Course Outline

·         Overall Introduction to Filmmaking

·         Introduction to Camera Operating – technical settings and understanding of Canon 550D/600D Cameras

·         Introduction to Cinematography – using the technical aspects of the camera to shoot a story with a certain style. Understanding basic angles and coverage

·         Pre-Production and Production of a short film

·         Post Production: Editing Software, Settings, Editing a film, Color Correction

 

Specialisation

At the Specialisation level, the course strengthens the student’s technical skills acquired in Foundation and develop creative skills.It provides further depth into the technique and craft of cinematography, editing and sound. In this module, students shoot and edit two 3-minute non-narrative films.

Course Outline

Film Visualisation: Students will learn to develop ideas, visualize their ideas and shoot their films. They will work in teams and form crews

Cinematography: DSLR camera, lenses, introduction to lighting, framing, composition, exposure, solving real-life challenges

Editing: Organizing footage, understanding software and settings, editing students’ films, color correction, sound design and exporting

Sound: Recording on-location sound and processing post-production sound

 

Pro Courses

After successfully completing Foundation and Specialisation, students can choose from the following combination of Pro courses:

·         Pro Writing & Directing: Writing & Directing I (3 months) + Writing & Directing II (3 months) + DFP (3 months)

·         Pro Cinematography: Production-Post Production (3m) + Pro Cinematography (3m) + DFP (3m) which is optional and subject to faculty approval

·         Pro Editing: Production-Post Production (3m) + Editing (3m) DFP (3m) which is optional and subject to faculty approval

 

Writing & Direction Pro Course I

Students focus on the language of cinema to tell a story that is their own. Through exploration of concepts of screenwriting, script breakdown and editing aesthetics; through constant script development and analysis exercises mentored by the faculty as well as extensive discussions in which students analyze each other's scripts and provide feedback; Students begin to realize their directorial vision. Further, an exploration of the history and aesthetic of noteworthy of World Cinema, exposing students to films which they might otherwise not be familiar with, aims at making them “cinema literate.” During this module, students write and direct a short non-dialogue film.

Course Outline

Screenwriting:

·         Three Act Story Structure

·         Setting, Characters and Conflict

·         Industry Standard Screenplay Format

·         Thinking in Visuals Instead of Words

·         Anatomy of a Scene

Script Breakdown:

·         Cinematic/Visual Language

·         Breaking a Scene into Shots

·         Analysis of Scenes of Significant Films from Hollywood/World Cinema

Editing:

·         Basics of Continuity Editing

·         Basics of Montage

Cinema Appreciation:

·         Students are exposed to the best of World Cinema, thereby widening their cinematic vocabulary, expanding their horizons and possibilities

 

Writing & Direction Pro Course II

In this module, students now integrate the spoken word into their arsenal of cinematic skills, thereby reaching a certain level of maturity as filmmakers. Through extensive in-class theory and practical exercises, students develop further the discipline of screenwriting and directing, making them more prolific, efficient and skilled at the craft. The goal of this module is to thus enable students to acquire the skill-set required to become professional Assistant Directors and eventually, Directors. During this module, students write and direct a short film with dialogues.

Course Outline

Directing Actors:

·         In-class exercises dealing with casting, rehearsing and extracting performances

Use of Dialogue in Cinema:

·         Show it, don't tell it: How to use dialogue correctly as an appendage to the visual rather than a replacement for it

·         How to write effective conversational dialogue

·         Dialogue as voice-over

·         How to use off-screen sounds and words

·         When not to use dialogue. The beauty of silence: the dramatic pause

·         The beauty of abstract/poetic monologues

 

Diploma Film Project (DFP) for Directors Pro Course

The goal of the DFP module is to give students a platform to make high-end short films. Students gain access to dedicated professional grade equipment and facilities to produce high quality short films that will function as their calling card to enter the industry as filmmakers.

 

While working on their films, students have meetings at regular pre-determined intervals with the faculty to monitor progress.

 

Course Outline

·         Screening and Analysis of Short Films from Different Film Institutes and Student Films of Major Directors

·         In-depth Analysis of Short Film Structure

·         Optimising the scale of production to maximize aesthetic value with minimal resources

 

Production-Post Production Pro Course

This module combines in-depth theory and a practical understanding of cinematography and editing to give students essential skills necessary to become camera persons/editors in the industry. This module encourages the making of aesthetic cinematography showreels in addition to developing creative editing skills. During the course of this module, students shoot and edit a Cinematography reel or a short theme-based film.

Course Outline

Cinematography:

·         Filming Methods and Perspectives

·         Filming Sequences for Framing, Continuity and Exposure

·         Sensors, Depth of Field and Exposure Latitude for HD Cinematography

·         Advanced Lighting and Exposure Techniques: Understanding Grey Scale, Manual Exposure, the Zone System

·         Digital Shooting Formats

·         Introduction to Grips

·         Script Analysis for Visual Treatment & Camera Blocking

·         Advanced Camera Technology and Functions

·         Color Theory, Grading, Transcoding and Workflows

Editing:

·         Exploration of the basic creative skills necessary for presenting footage for cinematography or editing students

·         Rhythm, Abstract Structuring, Advanced Transitions and Basic Colour Correction

·         Understanding the Production to Post-production Pipeline

 

Cinematography Pro Course

The Cinematography Pro Course provides in-depth training in handling the RED Scarlet camera. It also focuses on helping students build showreels that showcase their cinematography skills and technical expertise.

Course Outline

·         Introduction to the DSMC System: Understanding the modular capabilities of the RED DSMC system with various monitoring, lens, and mounting options

·         Menu Structure: A complete overview of the camera menus and options

·         Best Practices for shooting Motion and HDRx, Panning speeds, Artifacts

·         Science of RED: Bayer Pattern, Resolution, Codec Choices, Wavelets and Color Science

·         Understanding Metadata

·         Exposure Dynamics: Shooting RED in low light, high contrast and daylight exterior

·         R3D Workflow

·         Editing and Grading Options

·         Data Dynamics: R3D file management, archiving, data rates and hardware options

 

Diploma Film Project (DFP) for Cinematographers Pro Course

In this module, which is optional and subject to faculty approval, students are given a platform to make high-end short films using dedicated professional grade equipment and facilities. They will learn advanced workflows and grading techniques.
 
Students collaborate and form teams to produce a high-end short film.
 
There will be meetings at regular pre-determined intervals with the faculty to monitor progress.
 
Course Outline

·        Advanced Lo-key and Hi-key exposure techniques for soft skin texture

·        ACES Workflow. How to integrate different camera formats i.e. Sony, Canon with Red Camera, using the ACES workflow

·        Advanced Colour Grading Techniques on Da Vinci Resolve

 

Editing Pro Course

The Pro Editing class provides hands-on, experience-driven learning to students. The goal is to provide the student a thorough, in-depth technical understanding of the editing software, while applying these techniques for creative, storytelling purposes.

Students work with student footage as well as industry footage arranged for by the school. They edit a variety of different projects and thus acquire a clear understanding of the skillset required to become professional Editors and Assistant Editors.

Over the course of this module students edit a Thematic Mood Film, Trailer and a Structured Extract of a Narrative Film.

Course Outline

·         Advanced Post-Production Techniques & Color Correction

·         Editing Shortcuts, Workflows and Professional Practices

·         Aesthetics & Techniques of Narrative or Documentary Films, Trailers and Advanced Mood films

·         Soft skills for an Editor (Working with clients, directors, and other editors)

·         A Creative Exploration to Motivated Rhythmn, Story Structure & Transitions

Editing Projects:

·         Thematic Mood Film

·         Trailer (Pitch trailer/Student Film Trailer/Deconstructed Trailer)

·         Structured extract of a Narrative Film (Documentary or Scripted)

 

Diploma Film Project (DFP) for Editors Pro Course

In this module, which is optional and subject to faculty approval, students are given a platform to make high-end short films using dedicated professional grade equipment and facilities. They will learn an advanced grading software and advanced post production workflows.
 
Students collaborate to create a high-end short film.
 
There will be meetings at regular pre-determined intervals with the faculty to monitor progress.
 
Course Outline

·         Post Production Workflows and the Editor as a hub

·         Da Vinci Resolve

           Interface Introduction

           Edit Mock Project on Resolve

           Conforming and Grading in Resolve

           Cinematographers Perspective on Grading

·         Codec, Wrappers, Color Space & Compression

 
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