Spring 2024 - CA 393 D200

Filmmaking V (4)

Class Number: 8022

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Tue, 9:30 a.m.–1:20 p.m.

  • 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.


Course Description

This course aims to expand on the filmmaking notions explored in CA390. It will focus on a guided self-driven filmmaking process. 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. Through viewings, readings, discussion and film exercises, this studio course will encourage students to explore personal film production processes allowing them to delve deeper in their own voice and artistic practice. 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. Emphasis will be put in four areas: research, production, presentation, and analysis. Commitment to collaboration, ingenuity and generosity in the critiques, resourceful thinking, willingness to delve into academic research and dedication to artistic fruition are key. A laboratory fee is required. Students should be advised that project costs may require personal funding over and above the lab fee.



Course Structure
The class will generally be divided in four parts. The first two will generally run in the soundstage and the second two in the screening room. The first part will focus on discussing the weekly course materials –film excerpts or readings assigned the previous week. During this part, students will often be expected work collaboratively in class exercises or discussions, that will lead to a short presentation. The second part will be a studio component, where we will work with some of the ideas emerging from the previous discussion and we will develop them in the form of short exercises using film equipment. The third part would be used for presentation of exercises and work in progress. The last part is to present new materials for the course and discuss upcoming work. In the second half of the semester, greater time of the class will be given to presentation of student projects, critical discussion, and feedback. This structure is subject to change.


Course Objectives:

  • Further develop the students’ artistic voice.
  • Exposure to artists working with film, and to how they contextualize their work
  • Expand on process-driven methodologies for filmmaking.
  • Further emphasize the importance of research for film projects.
  • Nurture the ongoing dialogue amongst contemporary cinematic practices.
  • Expand on the creative possibilities of sound as part of the cinematic experience.
Further develop critical skills and confidence to analyse and provide feedback to a wide range of cinematic works


  • Film Exercises 15%
  • Film Proposal 15%
  • Image Journal 15%
  • Process Journal 15%
  • Final Film 20%
  • Engagement 20%



Other requirements: Journal and/or notebook that you can bring to class. Some art supplies and other physical materials will be requested. Project costs may require personal funding based on production needs outside the equipment provided by the school.


Students will be provided readings on a regular basis and will be asked to discuss in class, as well as reding reports.


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Registrar Notes:


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