HD Camera Basics
HD Camera Basics: HD & DSLR

This class will approach standard compositional and shooting practices that will help your work with any camera and then move on to discussing the key differences between the digital and high definition cameras now on the market, to help you decide on the best camera for the work you wish to create with the camera options at your fingertips. 

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Intro to Screenwriting for Films
Intro to Screenwriting for Films

Learn about writing and formatting a screenplay for film from character development, 3-act plot structure, and workflow. Upon completion of the course each student will have completed a short film screenplay. All levels welcome! 

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Intro to Super 8
Intro to Super 8 Filmmaking: How to Shoot & Process

In this two day workshop students will learn the process and development of creating a short Super 8 black and white silent film. From camera basics, shoot techniques to the chemical process, development and splicing your reel. No previous experience in film required. Limited to 8 students.

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Lighting for Film & Video
Lighting for Film & Video

We'll examine traditional cinematic lighting values and how they can be applied to your video work without hiring the gaffer with a grip truck. We'll have tips and tricks for low-budget lighting in the field and inexpensive lighting equipment that you can buy at a hardware store so that your video can look its best.

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Production Management
Production Management

In this two day class, gain understanding of the role and responsibilities in the production management of a digital video or film. This class focuses on such topics as the stages of production and the roles of each crew member, including producer, director, assistant director, editor, composer. In addition to creating a production plan, schedule, permits, releases and budgeting basics. Students will leave class with the skills needed to fill production positions and a firm grasp on production terminology, reading a budget, and handling various types of expenses.

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Puppet Fabrication
Puppet Fabrication

Puppet Fabrication with guest artistic instructor Ambar Navarro (Los Angeles, Ca). This double weekend creative workshop will go over the techniques of creating puppets for stop-motion animation. We will go over puppet design, amature building, foam and silicone build up, and final costuming. Learning the proper tools and safety of stop-motion is a necessity and by the end each student will walk away with their own puppet ready to animate. This workshop can also apply to non-animation puppets.

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Screenwriting II: Advanced
Screenwriting II: Advanced

This course is all about completing a 90-120 page screenplay in just eight weeks. We will learn a variety of techniques regarding brainstorming, outlining, formatting, structuring, workshopping, revising, and directing scripts with Austin actors. Local filmmakers, writers, and producers will also appear as guests in our class. Every student leaves with a complete feature-length screenplay.

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Tags: Screenwriting, Certificate Elective
Sound Recording for Film & Video
Sound Recording for Film & Video

This course introduces students to a range of microphones and techniques for troubleshooting in the field and offers a comprehensive introduction to recording quality sound for your productions.

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Tags: Audio, Certificate Course
Special FX with Hawgfly
Special FX with Hawgfly

In this class, students will get an introduction to special effects makeup from industry professionals at Hawgfly Productions and learn valuable FX Makeup tips and tricks. This course gives you the chance to flex your creative muscles as you learn some basics from the best! Students will leave this workshop with a mini FX Makeup kit including items that will be demonstrated in class so that you can make your own creations at home!

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Super 8 & 16mm Workshop
Super 8 & 16mm Workshop

Experimenting with film can be an intimating thought for someone who is new to film and the craft. Join us for an intensive crash course in shooting on Super 8, direct 16mm animation and abstract & experimental filmmaking techniques and cinema examples.

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