| Advanced Media Production Program Courses
New Media Business
Huge movie studios, multi-employee production houses and expensive high-end gear were once the only way a film could make it to TV or Theatre. However, with the advancement in audio and video technology, post production houses are quickly becoming post production rooms. With a small investment in gear and a creative drive, movie post production is being reinvented by the modern day audio engineer. This course will expose students to the business side of audio/video with a focus on self-start business and freelance work. It will also cover developing a business plan, writing a pitch and contemporary marketing strategies and resources.
Media Production Technology
Every year technology makes huge advancements with the speed and quality of media production. But with this comes with numerous technical issues. This course is designed to introduce students to the essential technical issues that are inherent to digital audio/video post production. Students will get hands on experience working with audio/video gear. As a final project, students will author a “DVD reel” of the work that they have completed through the 300hr program. Students will also upload their work to the web.
With the independent post house becoming more and more important in the entertainment world, having the skills in audio along with the knowledge of video editing can make you a very desirable asset to any company. This course is designed to introduce students to video editing/post production using Apple’s Final Cut Pro. Students will be exposed to various editing techniques as well as working with titles/credits, color correction, keying and compositing. Students will edit music videos, a television commercial, and a sports highlight reel using provided footage and as their final project, students will edit the project that they shot and directed in their Concept Development and Pre-Production course.
Concept Development and Pre-Production
The first day of production is as important as the last day. In fact a poorly executed pre-production can effect the entire production and make post production a nightmare.This course covers project time and money management, and also show the students how to develop an idea into a screenplay. The instructor and students will be developing a comedic public service announcement that will be shot in the Production Techniques and Acquisition class. Students will develop a storyboarded script as well as a timeline schedule that may be chosen to be shot in the Production Techniques and Acquisition class.
Production Techniques and Acquisition
How to use the camera, how to light a set, how to record production sound. These topics are addressed in this course and to clarify the production/filming process. The first project is to shoot the public service announcement that was “pre-produced” in the Concept Development and Pre-Production course. The Second project in this course is to break up into groups and shoot the “student-directed” project.
Advanced Audio Post Techniques
When the picture quality of a film is poor, it makes the film “artsy”. When the sound quality of a film is poor, it makes the picture “unwatchable”. Great audio drives a story and its images to a place they would never get to without it. This course is designed to move into the more advanced territory of Post Production Audio. The software focus will be ProTools 9 and all the new post-production features it has to offer. Students will first be working on the sound (in ProTools) for the commercial that they edited in their Video Post Production class. Also students will do a series of sound design projects using programs like Ableton Live, Sound Hack, Reason, and Max for Live that can be grouped into a sound design demo reel. Students will also get the opportunity to do surround mixing in one of our 5.1 equipped rooms. The final project will be doing the sound for the student directed project that they edited in Video Post Production.