Film (FILM)

FILM 001  Introduction to Film   Units: 3

By the age of 18 the average person has watched over 900 movies, but do we really know how to watch them? This course explores the impact film has on us, and the techniques filmmakers use to make us respond. Drawing from the American Film Institute's "Top 100 Movies of All Time" plus others, the class goes beyond movies as entertainment, into the fascinating world of how movies use color, music, story structure, visual effects and cinematography to make us forget we're even watching a movie.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C1                 IGETC: 3A

FILM 002A  Film Production I: Basic Film Production   Units: 3

This course provides an introduction to the theory, terminology, and process of digital film and video production. Topics include basic camera and sound acquisition techniques including the operation, function and creative uses of digital cameras and post-production production software. The emphasis is on documentary or abstract short films and music videos that help the students find their filmmaking voice and style. Students learn basic production management and directing skills as well as basic scripting, camera operation, picture editing and sound editing and mixing. (C-ID FTVE 150)
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

FILM 002B  Film Production II: Advanced Film Production   Units: 3

This course builds on the skills students acquired in FILM 002A, offering them more advanced and detailed theory and terminology and immersing them deeper into the filmmaking process, this time focusing on narrative filmmaking. Students are introduced to narrative scripting, directing actors, production design, production management and more advanced narrative picture and sound editing techniques.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: FILM 002A or RTV 010A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

FILM 002C  Film Production III: Capstone   Units: 3

This course builds on the skills students acquired in FILM 002B, offering them more advanced and detailed theory and terminology and immersing them more professionally and independently into the narrative filmmaking process. Students apply skills in production design, narrative screenplay writing and development, directing actors and managing key personnel, producing, budgeting, scheduling, negotiating and more highly developed narrative picture and sound editing techniques.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: FILM 002B or RTV 011A and FILM 003 or RTV 009 and FILM 004 or RTV 013.
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

FILM 003  Screenwriting   Units: 3

This course is a basic introduction to writing for the film and electronic media. Students will learn how to prepare scripts in proper formats for the various media, as well as explore conceptual and stylistic issues related to writing fiction and non-fiction scripts for informational and entertainment purposes. The course gives the students hands-on experience and significant critical feedback in developing, writing and re-writing original scripts for the film and electronic media.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ENG 001A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

FILM 004  Cinematography   Units: 3

On a film set, the Cinematographer is the person who fulfills the Director's vision by setting the shots and lighting the scene. How this is achieved is part art, part craft and part science. This course will introduce students to the fundamental elements of Cinematography. The exploration of how motion picture and video cameras work will be accompanied by understanding how motion picture cameras, lenses and lighting transcend being tools into being a collaborative artistic expression.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: FILM 002B or RTV 011A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

FILM 005  On-Camera Acting & Voice Over   Units: 3

This course is designed to introduce actors and filmmakers to the challenges of on-camera film and voiceover acting with additional focus on 21st century tools. Students will learn how to adjust the acting process for camera and microphone and produce web-ready demo reels for casting and self-promotion.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

FILM 006  Documentary Filmmaking   Units: 3

At a time when filmmaking is undergoing rapid change and new forms of documentary filmmaking are emerging across digital platforms, we seek to challenge and train a new generation of film documentarians to find innovative and socially responsible ways to create non-fiction film stories. The focus in this course is on: finding and telling the visual story, story development and focusing on the crucial third act climax/resolution, difficult enough in scripted films, far more elusive in documentaries. Students produce short form documentary films with the emphasis on developing the producer/director's craft through practice and repetition.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: FILM 002A or RTV 010A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

FILM 007  Film Editing   Units: 3

A movie is made three times: when it's written; when its shot; when it's edited. Jean Luc Goddard said, "Film is truth at twenty four frames per second," and no one knows this better than a film editor. He or she must decide frame by frame where the audience needs to be in relation to the story. Stay in a shot or transition to another and if so, what shot and how to get there? Working side-by-side with the director to craft the movie that ultimately hits the screen, large or small, editing is about manipulating the audience, in the best possible way, in the service of storytelling. In this immersive class, students study the terminology and concepts of narrative film editing. Students experience hands-on the film editing process learning aesthetic principles of narrative continuity editing and the technological workflow for picture and sound editing.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: FILM 002B
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

FILM 010A  Film Production Management: Scheduling   Units: 1.5

Movies are make-believe. The work done to make them is not. Long before cameras roll, and continuing when and long after they do, line producers, production managers, locations managers, first assistant directors and others are working hard to prepare for, manage and carry out a process that will utilize the talents of a small army of creative and technical filmmakers and allocate valuable, irreplaceable resources not the least of which are time and money. There is no just "going out and shooting" this. The seeming madness of the creative process that is filmmaking is in reality managed in a process of its own that evolved with the medium. Scheduling is the basis of the entire film production. This course will teach students one of the most important parts of this process - creating a shooting schedule. In doing so, they will learn how to allocate the resources allowed by the budget in a day-to-day schedule that incorporates talent, crew, equipment, locations settings, costumes, props, effects and other elements that are required to shoot on any given day. And they will learn to manage one of the two most valuable resources required to make a film - time. This course is valuable for anyone interested in producing, line producing, production managing, set managing, location scouting and managing and producing or directing a movie.
Lecture Hours: 27         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: FILM 002A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

FILM 010B  Film Production Management: Budgeting   Units: 1.5

Movies are make-believe. The work done to make them is not. Long before cameras roll, and continuing when and long after they do, line producers, production managers, locations managers, first assistant directors and others are working hard to prepare for, manage and carry out a process that will utilize the talents of a small army of creative and technical filmmakers and allocate valuable, irreplaceable resources not the least of which are time and money. There is no just "going out and shooting" this. The seeming madness of the creative process that is filmmaking is in reality managed in a process of its own that evolved with the medium. This course will teach students one of the most important parts of this process - creating a line item budget. In doing so, they will learn all of the various departments, resources and personnel that are required to make a film production possible. And they will learn to allocate one of the two most valuable resources required to make a film - money. This course is valuable for anyone interested in producing, line producing, production managing, set managing, location scouting and managing and producing or directing a movie.
Lecture Hours: 27         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: FILM 002A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

FILM 010C  Film Production Management: Set Management   Units: 1.5

Movies are make-believe. The work done to make them is not. Long before cameras roll, and continuing when and long after they do, line producers, production managers, locations managers, first assistant directors and others are working hard to prepare for, manage and carry out a process that will utilize the talents of a small army of creative and technical filmmakers and allocate valuable, irreplaceable resources not the least of which are time and money. There is no just "going out and shooting" this. The seeming madness of the creative process that is filmmaking is in reality managed in a process of its own that evolved with the medium. This course will teach students how to manage a set, whether it's in a studio or on location. In doing so, they will learn the personnel required to run a set, the processes they support, the protocols that help govern those processes and the best practices that will result in a well-run, productive movie set. This course is valuable for anyone interested in producing, line producing, production managing, set managing, location scouting and managing and producing or directing a movie.
Lecture Hours: 27         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: FILM 002A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

FILM 010D  Film Production Management: Location Management   Units: 1.5

Movies are make-believe. The work done to make them is not. Long before cameras roll, and continuing when and long after they do, line producers, production managers, locations managers, first assistant directors and others are working hard to prepare for, manage and carry out a process that will utilize the talents of a small army of creative and technical filmmakers and allocate valuable, irreplaceable resources not the least of which are time and money. There is no just "going out and shooting" this. The seeming madness of the creative process that is filmmaking is in reality managed in a process of its own that evolved with the medium. "Where's the bathroom?!" These are the first words out of the grip's mouth - or the steely eyed Production Manager of a film upon arriving at a location set. This course will teach students how to manage a location setting. In doing so, they will learn how to scout a location, the legal and financial requirements of securing one, prepping it for production, managing it, locking it down, "owning it" and eventually leaving it in the same or better condition than when production began. This course is valuable for anyone interested in producing, line producing, production managing, set managing, location scouting and managing and producing or directing a movie.
Lecture Hours: 27         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: FILM 002A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

FILM 021  Contemporary World Film   Units: 3

This course surveys modern international cinema. Through the examination of narrative, documentary and experimental films from around the world, the medium's technical, aesthetic and theoretical development will be investigated. Particular attention will be given to the historical, cultural and economic influences that contribute to this international art form.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C1                 IGETC: 3A

FILM 022  American Film to the 1960s   Units: 3

Study of the development, history and aesthetics of the Hollywood studio system, as well as its impact on our culture. Study of classic films as forms of popular entertainment and cinematic art, including various Hollywood genres and their independent counterparts. Lectures, discussions and readings are supplemented by the screening and critical analysis of representative films.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C1                 IGETC: 3A

FILM 023  Contemporary American Film   Units: 3

Study of the changes of the Hollywood studio system, alternative productions, and independent film since the 1960s. Covers the decline of the studio system, the rise of American New Wave cinema, the history of the blockbuster, the parallel histories of independent and underground film, changing audiences, the effects of new technology, the presence of media conglomerates, women in U.S. cinema, and the popularity of documentary films.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C1                 IGETC: 3A

FILM 095A  Film Work Experience   Units: 1-8

This work experience course of supervised employment is designed to assist students to acquire desirable work habits, attitudes and skills so as to enable them to become productive employees. This course also provides students with career awareness for jobs. Credit may be accrued at the rate of one to eight units per semester for a maximum of sixteen units (combined total of all Work Experience units). Additionally, students must work 75 paid hours or 60 non paid hours per unit earned. This type of work experience is available to students whose job and educational or occupational goals are directly related to Film.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 600          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None