Spring 2020 - CA 231 D100

Filmmaking III (5)

Class Number: 8596

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
    GCA 4955, GOLDCORP

  • Instructor:

    Noe Rodriguez
    Office Hours: Wednesday 12:30-2:30 or by appointment
  • Prerequisites:

    CA (or FPA) 230 and CA (or FPA) 233.



This course continues the work begun in CA (or FPA) 230-5 Filmmaking II. Students will acquire proficiency in film technique through lab exercises, readings and film screenings. As well, all students will participate in the completion of short original films which were begun in CA (or FPA) 230. Emphasis is placed on the development of means for creative expression supported by technical skills. Laboratory fee required. Students should be advised that film production will probably incur significant costs in addition to lab fees. Students with credit for FPA 231 may not take this course for further credit.


This studio course will be a framework to guide students through an exploration of a co- creation process aimed to to take a film project through an entire post-production process using the footage captured in CA230 as core material. Emphasis will be put in four areas: rhythm, structure, critical analysis and presentation. Working individually and in various collaborative environments, students will design, plan and execute a set of exercises throughout different production and post-production stages. Students will engage in a variety of collective film projects intended for theatrical presentation. Groups will edit a final film to be presented in the Djavad Mowagahian Cinema at the end of the Spring of 2020.


  • Bi-weekly Progress (12% each two-week periods) – Includes progress on Final Film Projects, biweekly exercises and Engagement (participation in class discussion, critical analysis, attendance, punctuality attitude and support to the cohort as well as dedication to one’s own work) 72%
  • Extra Points for ‘Outstanding achievements’ 10%
  • Introductory Exercises: January In-class exercises 18%


Journal, field notebook, project hard drive, project back-up drive, vimeo account, student Mubi account



Students will receive suggested or required readings in class.

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