The magic of digital filmmaking is the focus of our multidisciplinary Cinema Production program. Based on a foundation of analytical tools and the historical context for appreciating cinematic art, students unleash their creative impulses through a sequence of video production courses. The Cinema Production program is open to all Lyndon students and complements a wide variety of majors, such as Design, Electronic Journalism, and Music Business & Industry.

Degree Requirements (for 2014-2015 catalog)

Foundation Courses: (6 Credits)

This course is an introduction to the basic scholarly and evaluative approaches to film and video art, through critical analyses of narrative, documentary, animated, and experimental cinematic works.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite or co-requisite is ENG 1051 or permission. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester.

Credits: 3

This course surveys the social and aesthetic impact and development of cinema from its literary and technological origins in the nineteenth century through the French and American development of the early silent cinema, Soviet expressive montage, German expressionist cinema, the French surrealist avante garde, the studio years of Hollywood, Italian neo-realism, the French new wave, and contemporary developments, including the recent influence of electronically generated and broadcast cinema.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is FLM 1055 or ENG 1052 or permission. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every odd-numbered spring.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 1st or 2nd SP

Video Production Courses: (9 credits)

This course focuses on the visual aspects of motion-picture production and introduces students to fundamental aspects of cinematography and non-linear video editing. Student projects will emphasize the aesthetic nature of the cinematic medium as a form of visual communication.

Prerequisites & Notes:

There is a lab fee. This course is offered every spring

Credits: 3

This course further develops the techniques presented in VID 1060 and introduces basic aspects of sound recording and design to expand students’ understanding of the aesthetic nature of the cinematic medium. Students will work in a team environment to explore the key components of motion picture production through a series of short video projects that emphasize motion picture grammar, form, and style.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisites are FLM 1055 and VID 1060. There is a lab fee. The course is offered every fall.

Credits: 3

This course provides rigorous and intensive practical training in the techniques of motion picture production. Student projects focus on advanced methods of production management, camera work, lighting, editing, sound recording, and sound mixing.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is VID 2060. There is a lab fee, but students may be required to incur additional expenses toward the completion of their projects. This course is offered every spring.

Credits: 3

Choice Courses - Choose two courses (6 credits)

This course teaches digital field-acquisition techniques for both still and video imaging. Particular emphasis will be placed on the importance of visual literacy and storytelling techniques while utilizing both digital media. Students will explore exposure control, focal length selection, and visual point of view, as well as file format choices and field acquisition equipment options. Students will develop techniques related to photographic event illustration as well as sequential shooting. Additionally, students will learn basic tungsten lighting and electronic flash usage.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is EJA 1020 , and the co-requisite is EJA 2051. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester.

Credits: 3

This course is designed to be an exploration of image-editing styles and techniques for stills and video. Through the examination of the editing process, students will learn how to develop and enhance their visual communication skills. Course highlights include basic editing principles, exploration of enhanced sound for video, interpreting and establishing story pace, introduction to news-style editing techniques, incorporation of visual sequences for effective storytelling, integration and presentation of digital and graphic imagery, and understanding the use of transitions and effects.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is EJA 1020, and the co-requisite is EJA 2050. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester.

Credits: 3

This course focuses on the interpretation of cultural values inherent in the typical signs found in common genres of popular American movies. Comparing classic and contemporary examples of these genres, a semiotics approach highlights the cultural significance manifested in the artistic choices of filmmakers.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is FLM 1055 or ENG 1052 or permission. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every odd-numbered fall.

Credits: 3

The subject of this course varies each semester and offers the advanced student of cinema intensive study of the works of a single premier filmmaker or of a group of closely related filmmakers. This course may be repeated with a change of topic, but may count only once toward program requirements.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is FLM 1055 or ENG 1052 or permission. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every odd-numbered fall. Alternative is FLM 3610.

Credits: 3

[LGAD3] The subject of this course varies each semester and offers the advanced student of cinema intensive humanistic study of specialized generic, stylistic, and creative problems in the fields of film and/or video. This course may be repeated with a change of topic, but may count only once toward program requirements.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is FLM 1055 or ENG 1052 or permission. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every even-numbered fall.

Credits: 3

This course investigates the salient theories of cinema from the pioneering work of Eisenstein and Pudovkin to current work in ideological, structuralist, and semiotic analysis. Reference is made to traditional literary and art criticism and to relevant sociological and anthropological research, but little attention is paid to routine journalistic film criticism.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is FLM 1055 or FLM 3010 or FLM 3610 or permission. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every even-numbered spring.

Credits: 3

This course provides a study of the major areas of recording technology and hands-on techniques, including microphone positioning, analog and digital technology, issues associated with live recording sessions, recording innovations in the industry, and post-production considerations such as mixing, editing, mastering, and remixing.  Study may include the full preparation of a final production piece. Prerequisites & Notes Credits: 3

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is MBI 2170 or NMS-3050 with a recommended co-requisite of MBI 2180. There is a course fee. This course is offered every odd-numbered spring.

Credits: 3

This course examines a variety of philosophical concerns related to film and television. Issues addressed include the social significance of film and television, the relation between fine art and popular entertainment, the differences between still and moving pictures, the differences between theatrical and home presentations, the construction of the illusion of reality, and the basis for our emotional interactions with characters.Prerequisites & NotesCredits: 3

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is PHI 2030 or ENG 1052 or permission. This course is offered every even-numbered fall.

Credits: 3

This course explores philosophical issues and theories concerning artistic expression and art appreciation. Issues such as defining art and creating and experiencing artworks are investigated from the frameworks of a cross-cultural selection of philosophic theories.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is PHI 2030 or HUM 1030 or permission. This course is offered every odd-numbered fall.

Credits: 3

This course is designed as an introduction to the collaborative nature of theatre in addition to the analysis and criticism of dramatic literature.  The imaginative process is stressed as history, play-writing, audience, acting, directing, producing, and designing for both theatre and film are individually examined as elements of the collaborative process.

Prerequisites & Notes:

There may be a course fee. This course is offered every fall.

Credits: 3

This course provides an introduction to the theatre arts and dramatic literature and explores how they apply to the theatre, television, and film mediums. Dramatic literature and historical background ranges from the classic age to the modern drama. This course includes such topics as language and terminology, how to read a script, basic script development, and the dramatic format as a collaborative art which includes the playwright, the director, the actor, the scenic designer, the costume designer, and the critic.

Prerequisites & Notes:

There is a lab fee. This course is offered every even-numbered spring.

Credits: 3

This course involves students in the creation of original works of cinematic art and offers advanced students intensive inquiry into specific video production topics. It should be noted that this course is not designed to provide direct professional experience but rather to permit students to explore their creative abilities while employing professional tools and procedures. Students will generate original material to produce a DVD portfolio of their work. This course may be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is VID 3060 and permission. There is a lab fee, but students may be required to incur additional expenses toward the completion of their projects. This course is offered every semester.At least three credits of VID 4060 must be taken after FLM 4610.

Credits: 3