Spring 2021 - CA 233 D100

The Techniques of Film (2)

Class Number: 8251

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 12:30 PM – 3:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    CA (or FPA) 131 and prior approval. Corequisite: CA 230.



Covers the technical aspects of basic film production skills: camera, lighting, sound, editing, lab processes. Laboratory fee required. Students with credit for FPA 233 may not take this course for further credit.


This studio course will be focused on location sound and editing aesthetics and strategies to guide students through an exploration of the possibilities of picture editing and field recording as artistic practices. 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 creative field and postproduction exercises. Students will engage in a variety of individual and collective film projects intended for diverse exhibition spaces.


  • Found Footage Short Film 25%
  • Correspondence or Essay Film 25%
  • Quizzes (10% each) 30%
  • Engagement: participation in class discussion, critical analysis, attendance, punctuality attitude and support to the cohort as well as dedication to one’s own work 20%


Students will receive suggested or required readings in class.

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


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).