VID 04 W — Making Short Videos: The Art of 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 concentrate primarily on how to communicate a story 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. Students should plan on making a narrative movie for this class. The instructor will use Adobe Premiere Pro to teach video editing, but students may use whatever program they are comfortable with.