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VID 31 — An Introduction to Digital Filmmaking

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): May 3—May 31
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: May 16
Unit: 1
Tuition: $275
Instructor(s): Seamus Yu Harte
Limit: 20
Status: Closed
On-campus course
7:00—8:50 pm
May 3—May 31
5 weeks
Drop By
May 16
1 Unit
Seamus Yu Harte
Stories have the power to change the way we think, act, and feel. This course will teach you how to start telling your stories through the medium of digital filmmaking.

The initial three sessions will give you a basic understanding of the filmmaking process through quick, fun, hands-on activities. First, we will focus on pre-production and learn how to generate ideas, write quick scripts, and storyboard scenes using smartphones. Next, we will concentrate on production and cover directing, lighting, and cinematography basics by working with professional Canon cameras. Finally, we will learn about post-production and how to edit and share a film using Apple computers and Final Cut Pro X. The final two sessions will give you the opportunity to come together as a team and produce one short film.

Each class session will have a bias toward action. During our time together, you won’t spend much time in your chairs or listening to lectures; you will be engaged in hands-on learning experiences around the digital filmmaking process.

No previous filmmaking experience is required. Cameras, laptops, and software will be provided for in-class use. Access to a smartphone or tablet is needed for certain assignments and activities.

Seamus Yu Harte, Founder, KNOW FOLK; Lecturer, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design

Seamus Yu Harte works in learning experience design. Previously, he was a senior producer for the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a curriculum designer for Digital Media Academy, and the storytelling and media curriculum designer for the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (the d.school), where he is a lecturer. He received an MFA in documentary film and video from Stanford.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.