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

Quarter: Winter
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 7 weeks
Date(s): Jan 23—Mar 17
Refund Deadline: Jan 26
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $400
Instructor(s): Jonathan Crow
Limit: 40
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
Please Note: No class the week of February 20
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Flex Online(About Formats)
Jan 23—Mar 17
7 weeks
Refund Date
Jan 26
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Jonathan Crow
Please Note: No class the week of February 20
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 will 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. This course will focus on fictional storytelling rather than documentary filmmaking. The instructor will use Adobe Premiere Pro to teach video editing, but students may 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 before working as a film journalist at Yahoo Movies.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Steve D. Katz, Film Directing Shot by Shot: Visualizing from Concept to Screen (ISBN 0941188108)