Spring 2022 - CA 393 D100

Filmmaking V (4)

Class Number: 7854

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, discussion and project-based exercises this course aims to expand on production and the investigation of cinematic fruition.

This studio couhrse 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.


  • Final Film - Concept Outline 10%
  • Final Film - Work-in progress reports 20%
  • Final Film - Final report 10%
  • Treatment / Workplan Presentation 20%
  • In-class Exercises 20%
  • Commitment / Engagement: (participation in class discussion, critical analysis, attendance, punctuality, attitude and support to peers 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.

Film Exercises
During this semester, you will make two film exercises. These exercises can be a good opportunity to experiment with form in order to shed some light into the final film, but you are also welcome to create projects that are entirely unrelated. Instructions will be given when assigned.

Final Film
You will create a 6-9 min film of your choosing. This film will be presented in class in several production stages and the final presentation will be at the Djavan Mowafaghian Cinema.
The assignment will be completed with a Final report, including an artist statement.

Production rules: (To be discussed in more detail)
- For your final film, collaboration is encouraged
- Crews are kept to essential roles determined by needs of each production
- Students from other years can work on the film as long as the major position are occupied by students from within your cohort.
- Non-SFU participants must work as cast, PA, driver or caterer ONLY.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

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Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.