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Extended Syllabus
(2013
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Course Title ! Credit ! Class Time !

1 ST Sem ester)
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Name:
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Michael Unger

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! E-mail: munger@sogang.ac.kr !
Office: Gabriel 713 ! Office Hours: by appointment !

. Course Overview !
1. Description!

This course is an intensive workshop in English designed for students with little or no previous filmmaking experience who wish to learn about filmmaking in a hands-on approach. Each student writes, directs, shoots, and edits four short films in one Semester. Each class covers an essential aspect of directing a film: Mise-en-Scene, Shot Design, Principles of Continuity Filmmaking, Crew Roles and Set Protocol, Floor plans, Shot lists, Shooting Schedules, Directing Music, Editing Aesthetics, and Director's Notes. In addition to class lecture and discussion, students will examine film clips and texts; create a script, director's notes, and a production book for their final project; and screen rough cuts in class. While we will focus on narrative filmmaking, the directing techniques covered are applicable for documentaries, experimental film, and music videos. Extensive preparation outside of class-- writing scripts, casting, location scouting, shooting, crewing on fellow student shoots, and editing each project-- is required to successfully complete the course. Expect to spend your weekends either shooting or editing your projects. Successful completion of this course will enable the student to continue on to Advanced Directing. Class size limit is 16 students. ! ! !
2. Prerequisites!

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3. Course

Format (%)! Discussion! 30%! Experiment/Practicum! 30%! Field study! 0%! Presentations! 10%! Other! 0%!

Lecture! 30%!

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4. Evaluation (%)!

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Final exam! 0%!

Quizzes! 0%!

Presentations! 10%!

Projects! 85%!

Assignments! %!

Participation! 5%!

Other! 0%!

! . Course Objectives ! Upon successful completion of this course, students will know how to create a Floor Plan, Shot List, Shooting Schedule, Lined Script, and Director's Notes for any film project that they will direct; recognize the components of designing a shot with regard to shot size, lens choice, camera angle, staging, blocking, composition, camera movement; how to maintain spatial, temporal, graphic, and narrative continuity; how to utilize music as score, soundtrack, and source music; how to create and direct the dramatic beats in a script; understand the responsibilities of each crew member's role in a shoot, set protocol, and the order of commands on a film set; and deconstruct scenes from features and shorts to recognize different approaches to directing a film. !

. Course Format !
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1. Direct a Mise-en scene film up to 3 minutes: This is a silent film that is comprised of one shot--or a long take-- that utilizes the camera, staging and blocking, and other aspects of shot design that visually tells a story. Expected Shooting Time: 4-6 hours. Assessment is based on preparation, application of directorial concepts taught in class, and effectiveness of overall execution. 2. Direct a Continuity film of up to 3 minutes: This is a silent film comprised of 10-15 shots, in a continuous sequence (no jumps in time, space, or action) that maintains spatial, temporal, graphic, and narrative continuity while maintaining the authenticity of the moment. Expected Shooting Time: 6 hours. Students must complete the following pre-preproduction elements: Script, Floor Plan, Shot List, and Shooting Schedule and secure a Location. Assessment is based on preparation, application of directorial concepts taught in class, and effectiveness of overall execution. 3. Direct a Music film of up to 4 minutes: This is film that utilizes a piece of music as either score, soundtrack, or source music. Students can create a music video or an experimental work with this project as well. Expected Shooting Time: 6 hours. Assessment is based on preparation, application of directorial concepts taught in class, and effectiveness of overall execution. 4. Direct a Semester One film up to 10 minutes: The Film can be a narrative, documentary, experimental, or a music video and can employ all aspects of sound design except for dialogue: voice-over, music, ambience, and sound effects. Expected Shooting Time: 2 days. Students must submit a production book for preproduction. Assessment is based on preparation, application of directorial concepts taught in class, and effectiveness of overall execution.

5. Prepare and present a Director's Presentation for their Semester One Film which

requires: a Director's Statement about the film, a copy of the Director's notes, a visual presentation, a scene from the script with the shots and floor plan outlined, casting ideas, and possible music cues. 6. Submit a Production Book for their final film that contains: Director's Notes, Shooting Script, Shot List, Floor Plan, Shooting Schedule, Lined Script, Visual Materials, Contact list of Crew and Cast, Location information, Transportation, and Equipment list.
7. Work as a Crew Member (either as Cinematographer, Assistant Camera, or Gaffer) on 2-3 fellow student shoots per project. Assessment is based on preparation and participation

COURSE EVALUATION Students are graded on their ability to apply the concepts and principles taught within the course to their film projects. The grade is comprised of the four film projects weighted as follows: Mise-en-Scene equals 15%, Continuity equals 20%, Music Film equals 20%, and the Fourth Film equals 30%. Director's Presentations and Production Book for the final project constitute 10% of the grade. 5% of the grade is class participation.

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RECOMMENDED READING 1. Shot by Shot by Steven Katz 2. Directing by Michael Rabinger 3. On Directing by Elia Kazan 4. Making Movies by Sydney Lumet 5. Shooting to Kill by Christine Vachon 6. Directing Actors by Judith Weston 7. Making Music Videos by Lara Schwartz 8. Film Directing Fundamentals by Nick Proferes

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(* Subject to change) ! Learning Objectives ! Introduction to course, elements of Mise-en-Scene part one !

-Introduction to Course
Week ! 1 ! Topics !

-Introduction to the role of the Director, what the Director directs -The Narrative Elements of the Camera: Shot Size, Camera Angle, Composition.
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Class Work ! (Methods) !

Lecture/Discussion with film clips and materials!

Materials ! (Required Readings) !

On What Makes a Director by Elia Kazan The Path of the Artist by Ray Carney Sample Directors Notes Presentation Sample Production Book
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Assignments ! Learning Objectives !

Assigned Readings and Preparation for Mise end Scene Film project!

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-The Narrative Elements of the Camera: Lens Choice, Camera Movement, Staging and Blocking, Camera placement and location, and Shot Type. -Introduction to Mise-en-Scene exercise. Split into Crews.
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Class Work ! (Methods) ! Week ! 2!

Materials ! (Required Readings) !

Lens example from Shot by Shot. Mise-en-Scene assignment description Mise-en-Scene Director s Notes !

Assignments ! Learning Objectives !

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Class Work ! (Methods) ! Materials ! (Required Readings) ! Assignments ! Learning Objectives !

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-Master Shot vs. Several Shots -Principles of Narrative Continuity -Spatial Continuity: 180-Degree Rule -Graphic and Temporal Continuity: How to line a script -Strategies of Coverage -How to create a Floor Plan, Shot List, Shooting Schedule, and Lined Script
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Class Work ! (Methods) ! Materials ! (Required Readings) !

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Assignments ! Learning Objectives ! Topics ! Class Work ! (Methods) !

-Crew Roles, Set Protocol and Set Procedure:


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Week ! 7! Materials ! (Required Readings) !

Set Procedure Order of Set of Commands General Points Common Production Mistakes for Novice Crews !
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-The Dramatic Uses of Music: Theme, Character Subtext, Mood, Sound Perspective, Dramatic Beats, Transition, and

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Period -Differences between Score, Source, and Soundtrack music.


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Materials ! (Required Readings) !

How to Acquire Music for Films by Claude Kerven Scoring for Audio Theatre- Part 1 by Tony Palermo Lecture Notes

Assignments ! Learning Objectives !

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Dramatic uses of montage, How to design a montage. Song Structure, Music Video approaches: Performance, Story, Abstract, and combination of all three.
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Class Work ! (Methods) !

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Song structure handout The Eight Categories of Music Video genres from Making Music

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How to break down a film, every scene, and visualizing every scene in a film in terms of dramaturgy.
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Week ! 12 !

Class Work ! (Methods) ! Materials ! (Required Readings) ! Assignments ! Learning Objectives !

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Prepare Directors Notes/Presentation Prepare Final Film Shoot


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Topics !

Students present their Director's Presentations for their Semester One Film.
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Class Work ! (Methods) ! Materials ! (Required Readings) !

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Prepare Final Film Shoot Weekend #1

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Students present their Director's Presentations for their Semester One Film.
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Students will screen their rough cuts with Semester One film with the Directing teacher. Students can meet with the Instructor one-on-one for a critique.
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Class Work ! (Methods) ! Materials ! (Required Readings) !

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Edit Final Cut of Final Film

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If you have a disability which requires accommodation in order for you to realize your potential in this course, please see me or email me as soon as possible to notify me of the accommodation you need.!

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