Spring 2022 - CA 233 D100

The Techniques of Film (2)

Class Number: 8076

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 10:30 AM – 1:20 PM
    GCA 4955, GOLDCORP

  • 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.


Through viewings, readings, discussion and project-based exercises this course covers some technical aspects of basic film production skills: camera, lighting, sound, editing, lab processes. Laboratory fee required.

This studio course will be focused on 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: Structure, rhythm, critical analysis and presentation. Working individually and in various 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 or essay film 40%
  • Film exchange - Group presentation 20%
  • In class Exercises 20%
  • 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%



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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