Filmmaking (MFA)

Course List

Take a look at titles and descriptions for the Filmmaking department's courses offered.

FILM 5505 Graduate Filmmaking Studio I

This hands-on studio is where good, smart and cool movies are born. Students work in groups, particularly during their first year. While writing and editing are often solitary activities, production is not. Great films are collaborations and students will be expected to work in teams. Group discussions and critiques are balanced with individual meetings with faculty and visits with guest filmmakers. Class meetings often include a screening in conjunction with the MD Film Festival. Special emphasis will be placed on ways that filmmakers can build and reach an audience. Students explore the diverse ways filmmakers are sustaining careers while creating high impact films. Second year students produce a thesis film. Students define their thesis work at the close of the first year.

MFA Filmmaking students only

FILM 5510 Film History & Theory Sem I

This course is designed for students in MFA in Filmmaking, and others interested in film analysis. The course is an introduction to film history, film studies and film theory & criticism.he course will survey cognitive, formal and ideology-focused theories of film in order to better comprehend the nature of the medium. Students will study the major industrial, technological, aesthetic and cultural developments in motion picture history. Students will be expected to attend a film screening each week. Students will research themes in film history and present this work in a final written paper.

MFA Filmmaking students, or permission of the instructor

FILM 5550 Adv. Cinematography & Lighting

The Director of Photography has instrumental role in crafting the final look of a film. In the course, the four creative roles of the cinematography department – Camera Operator, Gaffer, Key Grip, and Dolly Grip are examined in-depth. Through a series of screenings, discussions and workshops, the students learn many of the dynamics between these roles. In class, students will mount detailed and intricately lighted shots. Students will work with the Arri Amira, a professional motion picture camera. Camera topics include camera settings & trouble shooting, on-set data management, ALEXA color science, working with LogC, look management, and dailies creation.

Prerequisite: MFA Filmmaking student or Undergraduate with FILM 364

FILM 5555 Directing Workshop

Students develop and workshop short narrative scripts that they write. The course covers working with actors and understanding the filmmaking process from the actor's point of view. Students visualize their scripts so they are prepared to work with a Producer, Director of Photography and additional crew. The course also explores techniques of blocking and staging action for the camera, with emphasis on the practical problems and aesthetic questions that arise.

Prerequisite: MFA Filmmaking student or Undergraduate with FILM 364

FILM 5605 Graduate Filmmaking Studio II

This two-semester course is the centerpiece of the graduate experience. The studio meets for four hours weekly and is co-taught with the MICA MFA Program. This hands-on studio is where good, smart and compelling movies are born. While writing and editing are often solitary activities, production is not. Students work on their own project, teaming up with fellow students and other filmmakers. Group discussions and critiques are balanced with individual meetings with faculty and visits with guest filmmakers. Class meetings often include a screening in conjunction with the Maryland Film Festival. Special emphasis will be placed on ways that filmmakers can build and reach an audience. Students also explore the diverse ways filmmakers are sustaining careers while creating high impact films.

Prerequisite: FILM 5505

FILM 5610 Film History & Theory Sem II

This course is designed for students in MFA in Filmmaking, and others interested in film analysis. The course builds on the film history, film studies and film theory & criticism introduced in Filmmaking History and Theory Seminar I. The course will survey cognitive, formal and ideology-focused theories of film in order to better comprehend the nature of the medium. Students will study the major industrial, technological, aesthetic and cultural developments in motion picture history. Students will be expected to attend a film screening each week. Students will research themes in film history and present this work in a final written paper.

Prerequisite: FILM 5510

FILM 5705 Graduate Filmmaking Studio III

This hands-on studio is where good, smart and cool movies are born. Students work in groups, particularly during their first year. While writing and editing are often solitary activities, production is not. Great films are collaborations and students are expected to work in teams. Group discussions and critiques are balanced with individual meetings with faculty and visits with guest filmmakers. Class meetings often include a screening in conjunction with the MD Film Festival. Special emphasis placed on ways that filmmakers can build and reach an audience. Students also explore the diverse ways filmmakers are sustaining careers while creating high impact films. Second year students produce a thesis film. Students define their thesis work at the close of the first year.

Prerequisite: FILM 5605

FILM 5805 Graduate Filmmaking Studio IV

This hands-on studio is where good, smart and cool movies are born. Students work in groups, particularly during their first year. While writing and editing are often solitary activities, production is not. Great films are collaborations and students are expected to work in teams. Group discussions and critiques are balanced with individual meetings with faculty and visits with guest filmmakers. Class meetings often include a screening in conjunction with the MD Film Festival. Special emphasis will be placed on ways that filmmakers can build and reach an audience. Students also explore the diverse ways filmmakers are sustaining careers while creating high impact films. Second year students produce a thesis film. Students define their thesis work at the close of the first year.

Prerequisite: FILM 5705