Spring 2021 - CA 231 D100

Filmmaking III (5)

Class Number: 8222

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM

  • 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 cocreation process. Departing from the preproduction binder prepared in CA230, students will aim to take a film project through an entire production process. Emphasis will be put in four areas: rhythm, structure, critical analysis and presentation. Working individually and in various (socially-distanced) collaborative environments, students will design, plan and execute a set of exercises pertaining to different production and post-production stages. Students will engage in a variety of individual and collective film projects intended for diverse exhibition spaces.


  • Biweekly Progress (12% x 6 biweekly blocks) 72%
  • Engagement in Labs 12%
  • Final presentation / Crits 16%


Students will receive suggested or required readings in class.

Students will receive suggested or required viewings for homework and in class.



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

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 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).