Spring 2020 - CA 432 D200

Filmmaking VII (6)

Class Number: 9082

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

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

  • Prerequisites:

    CA (or FPA) 430.



This course is intended for completion of film and video projects begun in CA (or FPA) 430. Particular emphasis will be given to advanced film craft in the post-production phase. The exact nature of each student's participation will be determined in consultation with the instructor. A laboratory fee is required. Students should be advised that film production will probably incur significant costs in addition to lab fees. Students with credit for FPA 432 may not take this course for further credit.


This course will be an intensive and practical study, focusing on elements of post-production of short and feature length films. Emphasis will be placed on editing, sound design, creative collaboration, festival strategies, and avenues for continued practice post-graduation (such as financing models and alternative approaches to development.) 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. Assignments will be a mix of practical 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 post production of their intended short film project by the end of term. 


  • Assembly / Rough Cut 10%
  • Fine Cut 15%
  • Picture Lock 20%
  • Sound Design / Mix 20%
  • Strategic Plan for future artistic practice 10%
  • Respectful Engagement (with the work, with the instructor, and with your classmates, making space for others to be heard, meeting deadlines 15%
  • Press Kit / Festival Strategy 10%



The conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Films by Michael Ondaatje
ISBN: 9780676976823

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