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FILMMAKING
Module 1: Foundation
 
FX School’s intensive 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 story board 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 duration of themodule, students make two short films.
 
Course Outline
 
●   Overall Introduction to Filmmaking
 
●   Introduction to Camera Operating – technical settings and understanding of DSLR 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
 
 
Module 2: 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 anon-narrative film, which can be a music video or a documentary or an ad.
 
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
 
 
Modules 3 & 4: Pro Modules
 
After successfully completing Foundation and Specialisation, students can choose from the following combination of Pro modules:
 
●   Pro Writing & Direction: Writing & Direction I + Writing & Direction II  
 
●   Pro Cinematography: Production-Post Production + Pro Cinematography 
 
●   Pro Editing: Production-Post Production + Editing 
 
 
Writing & Direction Pro 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 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
 
 
Production-Post Production 
 
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 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 
 
The Cinematography Pro module 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
 
 
Editing Pro 
 
The Pro Editing module 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 Rhythm, 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)
 
 
Professional Film Project (PFP) 
 
The goal of the course 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.
 
Depending on their areas of specialization, students can choose one of the following.
 
 
Professional Film Project (PFP) for Directors Pro Course
 
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
 
 
Professional Film Project (PFP) for Cinematographers Pro Course
 
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
 
 
Professional Film Project (PFP) for Editors Pro Course
 
Course Outline
 
●   Post Production Workflows and the Editor as a hub
 
●   Da Vinci Resolve
 
     ◦  Davinci Resolve Introduction + Interface
 
     ◦  Davinci Resolve Technical Workflow (Conforming + Grade + Output)
 
     ◦  Advanced Color Grading in DaVinci Resolve (Visual Analysis + Work Environment + Ocular physiology for Color Grading)

 

 
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