Course Schedule

The courses below are those offered for the term. (To view the course description, class dates & times, touch on accordion tab by the title.)

  • Homewood Off Campus

    455.611.11 - Screenwriting Workshop 1-The Step Outline

    $4326

    Jeremy Pikser

    Friday 5:30 - 8:30; 9/1 - 12/8
    Saturday 10:00 - 3:00; 9/9 - 12/16

    The focus of the class will be the structure of the feature screenplay as a function of thematic coherence. We will analyze films by act, sequence, and scene to understand dramatic action as a tension between different possible outcomes. There will be five weekend intensive workshop sessions, divided between Friday evening and Saturday that will include some lecture components, some viewing and discussion of films, and, more and more as the semesters develop, reading and discussion of student work. Between the weekend workshops there will be weekly writing assignments and individual internet or telephone conferences. By the end of the first semester, each student will be required to have completed an outline for a feature film, organized by act, sequence, and scene, and including character, setting, and aesthetic details.

    This course only meets on specific Fridays and Saturdays: September 8-9 September 29-30 October 20-21 November 17-18 December 8-9

    455.620.11 - Fundamentals of Business 1

    $4326

    Erica Motley
    Eileen Rodriguez

    Saturday 10:30 - 5:30; 9/2 - 12/16

    This comprehensive business seminar is centered on presentations and interactive sessions with experts in the field, the study of relevant case studies and the creation of sample plans and strategies by the students. During the first semester we cover such subjects as entertainment law, film finance, production, marketing, public relations and distribution. Emphasis is placed on analyzing and recreating actual and relevant case studies and business situations. Other subjects include sales estimates, comps, tax credits, festivals, release strategies and the art of the pitch.

    This course meets on specific Saturdays only: September 2 September 16 September 23 October 7 October 14 October 28 December 2

    455.625.11 - Line Producing, Creative Producing, Executive Producing

    $4326

    Roberto Buso-garcia

    Monday 5:30 - 8:30; 8/28 - 12/11

    Through in-class projects, interactions with production courses and on-going independent productions, students will be exposed to the myriad responsibilities of producers, from the creative, executive and on-the-field perspectives. We will explore the many elements that make up the creation of films and television shows, from development and financing through production, marketing and distribution. An intensive weekend workshop will focus on scheduling, budgeting and running a set.

    This course requires an intensive 15 hour weekend workshop. The workshop will cover breaking down, scheduling and budgeting a script on MovieMagic. The workshop will take place the weekend of September 22-24.

    455.628.11 - Digital Narratives

    $4326

    Erica Motley

    Friday 6:00 - 9:00; 9/1 - 12/15

    The Digital Narratives course will prepare students to launch a short form series from conception through distribution for the Mobile First Generation. During the past few years, Mobile First consumption has changed fictional formats and the viewing habits of Generation Z are set to revolutionize the industry. As younger audiences move away from the TV set in favor of smart phones, tablets, and computers, we are witnessing the rise of mobile-first content. Their shift to viewing on smart phones is influencing the sort of dramas that get made. These trends are changing content by giving rise to new formats, casting different types of talent and using data to boost ratings (data is driving development and casting) Students will develop a 10 minute x 10 episode digital narrative, produce the pilot episode and pitch the series to a panel of industry veterans.

    Pre-requisites: AS 455.611 and AS 455.620 or AS 455.623 Schedule: This course will meet on specific dates. Friday, September 1 6pm-9pm Friday, September 15 6pm-9pm Friday, September 22 6pm-9pm Sunday, September 24 10am-6pm Friday, September 29 6pm-9pm Saturday, September 30 10am-4pm Sunday, October 1 10am-4pm Friday, October 13 6pm-9pm Friday, November 3 6pm-9pm Friday, December 1 5pm-9pm

    455.630.11 - Recording Sound for Film

    $4326

    Edward Tetreault

    Wednesday 6:00 - 9:00; 8/30 - 12/13

    This course serves as an orientation to the audio recording studio and the craft of audio engineering. Topics will include acoustics, psychoacoustics, microphone theory and technique, signal processing, signal flow, digital audio theory, and the digital audio workstation. Projects will include in-studio and location recordings. By the end of the semester students will be able to effectively navigate the studio at the Ten East North facility for use in subsequent classes. Should be taken concurrently with Designing Sound for Film.

    455.634.11 - Designing Sound for Film

    $4326

    Christopher Kennedy

    Thursday 6:00 - 9:00; 8/31 - 12/14

    This course serves as an orientation to the audio recording studio and the craft of audio engineering. Topics will include acoustics, psychoacoustics, microphone theory and technique, signal processing, signal flow, digital audio theory, and the digital audio workstation. Projects will include in-studio and location recordings. By the end of the semester students will be able to effectively navigate the studio at the Ten East North facility for use in subsequent classes. Should be taken concurrently with Designing Sound for Film.

    455.640.11 - Graduate Filmmaking Studio I

    $4326

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    Roberto Buso-garcia

    Tuesday 6:00 - 10:00; 8/29 - 12/12

    This two-semester course is the centerpiece of the graduate experience. The studio meets for four hours weekly and is co-taught with the MICA MFA Program. This hands-on studio is where good, smart and compelling movies are born. Students will work in groups, particularly during their first semester. While writing and editing are often solitary activities, production is not. Great films are collaborations and students will be expected to work in teams. Group discussions and critiques are balanced with individual meetings with faculty and visits with guest filmmakers. Class meetings will often include a screening in conjunction with the Maryland Film Festival. Special emphasis will be placed on ways that filmmakers can build and reach an audience. Students will explore the diverse ways filmmakers are sustaining careers while creating high impact films.

    This course is co-taught with Patrick Wright and the MICA MFA in Filmmaking.