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MEA-180 - Filmmaking 1 - Sara Caldwell

Course:Filmmaking 1
Professor:Sara Caldwell
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Sara Caldwell

Welcome to Filmmaking 1! This class meets in person every Friday (beginning 8?25), from 9:30am-2:35pm. Most classes will begin with a lecture, but a majority of time will be used for hands-on team productions. 


Course Description

In this course, you will: 

  • Create effective visual storytelling
  • Organize film productions from script through distribution
  • Operate digital video, audio, and lighting equipment
  • Direct a cast and crew

What to Expect in this Course

In this course, you will complete 4 video productions (scene recreation, music video, documentary, narrative) and 2 team challenge projects (lighting, production design). This means you'll be very busy making movies! There are no written assignments, but teamwork and participation are very important aspects of your final grade. There will be 2 quizzes that focus on lecture content. 

Types of Assessments

In the film industry, it takes a strong, cohesive effort by every member of the cast and crew for a successful project. You will be assessed as a team on all video projects, which is why teamwork is so important. However, some projects will include peer reviews, in which you assess each other's performance and those results are taken into consideration toward your final grade.You will also be on different teams for different projects, to allow everyone the opportunity to try a different role, as director, editor, writer, cinematographer, etc. 

Textbook Information

The Basics of Filmmaking: screenwriting, producing, directing, cinematography, audio & editing, Blain Brown, 2020

Other Relevant Course Information

Our first few classes will include equipment demos and a review of the equipment checkout policies, as well as safety protocols. 

Additional Resources


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Last updated: 08/10/2021 Sub#: 500