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VID 04 W — Making Short Videos: The Art of Storytelling

Quarter: Summer
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 7 weeks
Date(s): Jul 6—Aug 27
Refund Deadline: Jul 9
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $440
Instructor(s): Jonathan Crow
Limit: 40
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens May 17, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: No class the week of August 2
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Flex Online(About Formats)
Jul 6—Aug 27
7 weeks
Refund Date
Jul 9
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Jonathan Crow
Registration opens May 17, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: No class the week of August 2
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
The tools of filmmaking have never been more accessible. Artists, entrepreneurs, marketers, teachers, journalists, and historians—almost anyone—can now easily create compelling video advertisements or short narrative films, even when on a tight budget. All they need is a smartphone, a clear idea, and an understanding of visual storytelling. This course is designed for narrative filmmaking and will focus on the basics of visual storytelling—from composing a shot for maximum impact to creating a story that can elicit a strong emotional response. We will begin the course by learning the basics of composition and story structure, and from there proceed into planning, casting, shooting, and editing. Though the course will cover some technical aspects of video production and post-production, we will primarily concentrate on how to communicate a message in a compelling way. By the end of the course, each student will have created their own two- to three-minute video and have a clear idea of the challenges, the difficulties, and the joys involved in filmmaking—whether they plan to apply new ways of communicating visually to their work, or are simply looking to explore a new medium for self-expression.

No prior experience with filmmaking is required. The instructor will use Adobe Premiere to teach video editing but students are free to use whatever program they are comfortable with.

Artist; Filmmaker

Jonathan Crow received an MFA in filmmaking from the California Institute of the Arts and an MA in Japanese studies from the University of Michigan. He worked in the Hollywood film industry for a dozen years as a writer and editor, including on Declassified, a documentary series on the History Channel.

Textbooks for this course:

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