Fall 2020 - CA 390 D100

Filmmaking IV (4)

Class Number: 7694

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    CA (or FPA) 231 or approval of instructor.



This course includes a series of technical workshops, screenings and seminars along with the completion of creative student projects. A laboratory fee is required. Project costs may require personal funding over and above the lab fee. Students with credit for FPA 390 may not take this course for further credit.


Through viewings, readings, discussion and project-based exercises this course aims to expand on the investigation of cinematic fruition.

This virtual course will encourage students to reflect on the possibilities of process-driven methodologies as well as on their role as creators in order to further develop their own creative processes and delve deeper in their own voice and artistic practice. Emphasis will be put in four areas: research, experimentation, presentation and analysis. Working individually and in various collaborative teams students will read, watch and analyze a series of texts, clips and films, as well as create a series of sketches with specific creative parameters.

The course is organized around a series of questions and concepts that reflect on the relationships between form and content and the possibilities of filmmaking as a collaborative space, aimed to inspire the students to explore new ways to express the complexities of their perspectives through moving images.


  • In-Class presentation 20%
  • Exercise #1 (Continuous take or musical ambiance) 20%
  • Exercise #2 (Self-portrait montage) 20%
  • Exercise #3 (Exquisite corpse film) 20%
  • Commitment (preparedness & engagement) 20%


Projects grades will reflect the degree of creative merit, dedication in research, complexity of thought, and curiosity, as well as indications of experimentation, risk- taking, tenacity, resourcefulness, and overall level of engagement.



Vimeo account, cell phone camera, Premiere or any other editing software (imovie, Openshot, Lightworks)


Students will receive suggested and/or required readings and films to complete before class.

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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).