Concentrating on the art form of narrative storytelling, the course places special emphasis on the visual aspect of the discipline. Two tracks are offered in the course. The Structural track covers topics ranging from the history of story in culture and film to the mechanics of story creation to the development of story-writing skills. Instruction in the Technical Story track focuses on advanced methods of cinematography and post-production and how those techniques can be used to improve visual storytelling. After the core instructional period in each track, students from both tracks are reunited and will have the opportunity to hone their narrative analysis skills, participate in workshop style labs and make two short films that demonstrate their ability to utilize storytelling theory on screen.
- Story – To demonstrate understanding and improvement in developing story ideas through sight and sound. Narrative history/aesthetics serves as a guide to this process.
- Technique – To learn to creatively apply the principles and techniques of story creation and telling.
- Resource management – To learn how to manage time, personnel, equipment, and other resources to complete complex projects efficiently and effectively.
- Analytical / critical skills – To develop the ability to analyze one’s own completed work and the work of others with constructive criticism aimed at improvement. Students should learn how to accept criticism well.
- Hollywood professionalism – To develop the ability to navigate the Hollywood film industry to complete projects professionally. This includes following industry standards of courtesy and safety.
Academic Application: English, Humanities, Film, Creative Writing, Education
Instructors: John K. Bucher Jr., MA Communication/Film, University of Colorado; Jeremy Casper, MA Communication/Film: Directing & Cinematography, Regent University.
**Syllabus available upon request
This is a course in contemporary screenwriting, including an understanding of dramatic structure, character and dialogue development, and the writing process. Students complete a full-length screenplay for a feature film or "movie-of-the-week." Whether novice or advanced, students are expected to develop and improve their skills. Emphasis is given to the role of Christian faith and values as they relate to script content. The course is taught by a working, credited Christian screenwriter and screenwriting professor at UCLA. Course includes a professional pitch session to producers and extensive notes on the final screenplay.
Academic Application: Communication, Film Studies, English, Creative Writing.
Instructor: Kris Young, MFA Screenwriting, University of California at Los Angeles, Kris also teaches screenwriting at UCLA.
PROFESSIONAL ACTING FOR THE CAMERA
An advanced workshop in the practice and process of acting for the camera aimed at students who have a desire to pursue acting as a career. Instruction includes an overview of current camera acting techniques and thorough discussion of the art of acting. The class primarily consists of acting scene work with all scenes being filmed and critiqued on the big screen. Students will also be required to pursue roles in student and independent films. Several class sessions throughout the course will be devoted to the business of acting for film and television in the Hollywood entertainment industry with an emphasis given to developing the materials and relationships necessary for a successful career. This course offers two tracks, a professional track and an exploratory track. The professional track is for students hoping to have a professional acting career in Hollywood. It requires students to learn about the business of acting and participate in real auditions and film projects. The exploratory track is for students who don't necessarily want to act as a career but are interested in learning about acting in order to work with actors or just act part-time.
Academic Application: Film, Acting, Business of Acting, Directing.
This course may be elected by special request and arrangement. In order to be considered, students submit a portfolio and a project proposal. Students with approved projects will be appointed a mentor who is a professional in the Hollywood industry. Projects could include further development of a portfolio or reel, critical research or a senior thesis project.
The Independent study option is not guaranteed and is intended for students with experience in a specific area of cinema or those needing to complete a senior project for graduation. The number of independent studies offered each semester will be determined by LAFSC faculty, the availability of a suitable mentor and approval from your school's film/communications department head.