Spring 2020 - CA 393 D100

Filmmaking V (4)

Class Number: 8829

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    GCA 3750, GOLDCORP

  • Prerequisites:

    CA (or FPA) 390 or approval of instructor.



Students are encouraged to challenge conventional notions of digital media and to explore the creative possibilities associated with contemporary media applications. This project-based course includes a series of technical workshops, screenings and group seminars. Students will initiate and complete a project of their own choosing; collaborations are encouraged. A laboratory fee is required. Students should be advised that project costs may require personal funding over and above the lab fee. Students with credit for FPA 393 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. 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.

This studio course will encourage students to explore personal processes in order to take short film projects from visualization to completion, allowing them to delve deeper in their own voice and artistic practice. Emphasis will be put in four areas: research, production, presentation and analysis. Working individually and in various collaborative teams students will create a series of projects with specific creative parameters, leading to a final film/screening at the Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema.


  • Treatment/Outline Presentation on Week 2 20%
  • Script/Exercise Presentation on Week 6 20%
  • Final Film 40%
  • Commitment: (participation in class discussion, critical analysis, attendance, punctuality attitude and support to the cohort as well as dedication to one’s own work) 20%
  • Work will be graded on both quality and evidence of student’s growth and progress.


Studio Visits:            
I will meet with each of you for about a 45 minute studio visit once during the semester.  This is a chance to talk more about what you’re working on, interested in, and where you’re at in your project and offer any feedback I can give.  These are mandatory, and in the schedule I have days set aside throughout the semester for these visits.  I will be checking in class for who wants to schedule when, and it is up to you to decide if would like a meeting in the beginning, middle, or near the end of the semester.  

Semester Projects:
You have the choice to either work on one film for the entire semester, or a series of shorts and exercises – culminating in a 5-10 minute short as your final project.  This is a way to give you options to work in a more traditional narrative or documentary form, where projects need time to write and research and plan; or in a more experimental form – where shooting and writing and concept development tend to happen in a more intuitive way.  Still, these deadlines are set and I expect everyone to meet each of the points listed below.



  • Commitment to collaboration, resourceful thinking and rigorous dedication to artistic fruition are key.
  • Students should be present and ready to work at the class start time. Absences or lateness will be reflected in grade, with each unjustified absence affecting your overall grade. Justified absences are those for illness or family emergency. If a student accumulates three or more unjustified absences, they will fail the course. Please notify me of absence in advance via email.
  • Respect and abide by classroom rules: Remain quiet and attentive, be sensitive to the loudness of your movements when screening clips or during presentations, eating in the screening room is sometimes allowed, do not pull out devices with glowing screens in class, don’t leave the classroom until the break unless absolutely necessary, do not leave garbage behind you.
  • Work on assignments outside of class time is a regular requirement. I am available to work on material and discuss project progress outside of class time providing we can find a mutually suitable time.
  • Written assignments will be graded on both content and quality of the writing. Film assignments will be graded on commitment to one’s own practice and creative risk/exploration, as well as technical considerations. A file that does not play or does not comply with the technical specs for the assignment will be considered late until those specifications are met and the file has been handed in and/or presented in class if that is required. Late assignments will be docked 5% for each day overdue.
  • You are welcome to discuss your course progress with me at any time during the semester, preferably by appointment. For urgent concerns, you can also seek me out after class.



Students will receive suggested or required readings in class

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

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