Filmmaking for Science Students

This introductory course provides hands-on opportunities for science students to familiarize themselves with basic visual storytelling skills, including story development, production planning, digital videography, directing, lighting, non-linear editing, and sound design. Through discussions, lectures, screenings, in-class demonstrations, reading assignments, and extended projects, students will learn to create technically proficient digital video productions. Students will focus on documentary productions and work in the three main phases of filmmaking: pre-production, production and post-production. Students will develop a final project from pre-production through post-production, as well as complete several short production assignments. There will be an emphasis on writing and collaborative work.

The ultimate goal of this class is to help students become better visual communicators while developing an understanding of the conventions of documentary video and film. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: understand the basic grammar of documentary video and fundamental elements of visual storytelling; learn how to collaborate effectively and fairly with colleagues, including the ability to critique others and oneself with respect; practice skills in writing, directing, producing, shooting, lighting, sound recording and editing; understand the filmmaking process from idea conception to distribution.