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WSP 310 — Lights, Camera, Action! A Three-Day Video Project

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Tues/Sat
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 4 days
Date(s): Apr 11—Apr 25
Time: See below
Drop Deadline: Apr 4
Unit: 1
Tuition: $450
Instructor(s): Bud Anderson
Limit: 20
Status: Closed
Please Note: Class sessions: 3 Tuesdays, April 11 – April 25, 6:30 – 9:30 pm; Field shoot: Saturday, April 22, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
On-campus course
See below
Apr 11—Apr 25
4 days
Drop By
Apr 4
1 Unit
Bud Anderson
Please Note: Class sessions: 3 Tuesdays, April 11 – April 25, 6:30 – 9:30 pm; Field shoot: Saturday, April 22, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to create a cohesive video product by working with an experienced professional producer. Over three days, you’ll learn the basics of video production by creating with your fellow students a professional video for a Bay Area nonprofit organization.

On day one, you will learn the basics of script writing, camera operation, lighting, audio capture, and directing. You will be presented with a problem from the nonprofit that you will solve through video production. As a group, we will discuss a plan of attack and learn about the production tools needed to create a great video. On day two, you will learn how to set up your camera and lighting gear, how to approach different shooting environments, talent coordination, directing, and improvisation. Then comes our full-day field shoot. Finally, on day three of our class sessions, we will finalize our video, focusing on storytelling, editing, and post-production. We will consider: What music makes sense? What graphic elements should we use? What effects should we add, if any?

This course is intended for the novice or intermediate videographer who is looking to gain an understanding of what it takes to produce a professional video from start to finish. Working on a group project, students will be able to participate, observe, and learn in a hands-on, low-pressure environment.

Bud Anderson, Founder and Creative Director, dangerbrain

Bud Anderson has created over 2,000 videos for corporations (including Visa, IBM, SAP, and Cisco), nonprofits, and universities. He is the former senior director of creative video at Stanford Athletics, where he oversaw the creation and all operations of the Stanford Athletics Sports Network. In 2011, the Cardinal Channel was named “one of the most innovative video departments in the country” by the NCAA.

Textbooks for this course:

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