Fall 2019 - CA 430 D100

Filmmaking VI (6)

Class Number: 9818

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
    GCA 4955, GOLDCORP

  • Instructor:

    Kathleen Hepburn
    Office Hours: By appointment
  • Prerequisites:

    CA (or FPA) 149, 186, 231, 285 and 10 units in film or video studies (CA (or FPA) 135, 136, 137, 186, 235, 236, 237, 335, 337, 436) plus prior approval.



The first half of a two term project in advanced film and/or video production. Students are expected to participate in the realization of one or more projects during the two terms. Students seeking entry into this course are required to present a completed script (for a drama) or detailed proposal (for a documentary or experimental film) prior to enrolment. The exact nature of each student's participation will be determined in consultation with the instructor. This course is open only to approved film majors. Students should be advised that film production will probably incur significant financial costs in addition to required lab fees. Students with credit for FPA 430 may not take this course for further credit.


This course will be an intensive and practical study, focusing on elements of development, prep and production of short and feature length films. Emphasis will be placed on story development, creative collaboration and holistic approaches to the filmmaking practice. Students will be encouraged to further develop their voice through in-depth exploration of their project and to strengthen their classmates work through thoughtful critique and feedback. We will examine both traditional and non-traditional production models. Assignments will be a mix of practical development exercises and creative exploration, with the goal of coming to a deeper understanding of their own practice and the cinematic form. Students will be expected to have completed principal photography of their intended short film project by the end of term.


  • Assignment 1: Initial concept (short synopsis or outline) 5%
  • Assignment 2: First draft of creative material (ie. script, treatment, and/or visual routine) 5%
  • Assignment 3: The Lookbook / Moodboard 5%
  • Assignment 4: Pre-Production Package (includes final draft of “script,” shotlist, budget, shooting schedule, etc.) 20%
  • Final Production Report: including rushes from film, and written analysis of experience. 40%
  • Respectful Engagement (with the work, with the instructor, and with your classmates, making space for others to be heard) 10%
  • Research: over the course of the term, students will be required to do creative research to source out reference films and other reference material for their current and future work, with accompanying written reports. 10%


Required viewing:

Students are expected, over the course of the term, to watch a variety of short and feature film content and seek out three films from MUBI, VIFF or other sources that reflect elements (no matter how small) that they aspire to in their work. At least one of these three must be a short film, and one a first feature.

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