Digital Communication (DCOM)

DCOM 2306  Directing  3 SCH  (3)  

Theory and training in major facets of directing: finding appealing material, interpreting a script, working with actors, casting and rehearsals, pre-visualization processes, storyboarding, on-set protocols, creative blocking of scenes, and working with the producer, director of photography, art director, and editor. Awareness of professionalism in the collaborative arts. Prerequisite: COMM 2304.

DCOM 3304  Screenwriting  3 SCH  (3)  

The art and crafts of writing for the screen. Theory and training in preparation to work in the film industry. Excellence in writing screenplays is emphasized. Differences in story structure between short and long forms; judging good story form; rewriting techniques; the relationship with the producer and director; protocol in receiving and incorporating notes; and collaboration. Students will complete at least one draft screenplay for a short film. Prerequisite: COMM 2304.

DCOM 3307  Production--Digital Media  3 SCH  (3)  

Theory and basic training in producing video and digital short-format content across media: film, digital, television, radio, and the web. Storytelling and the basics of producing, writing, directing and editing shorts, such as those in newscasts and on websites, as well as developing work habits and ethics of a industry professional. Prerequisite: COMM 2304 or permission of instructor.

DCOM 3310  Digital Editing  3 SCH  (3)  

Craftsmanship and aesthetics of digital editing; the relationship between editor and director. Terminology and concepts, conventions, the rules and when to break them. Technological workflow for both picture and sound editing. The historical role of editing, from silent films through the ongoing Digital Revolution will be studied, especially via screenings and workshops. Prerequisite: COMM 2304.

DCOM 4310  Feature Screenplay Writing  3 SCH  (3)  

Training and craftsmanship in writing feature-length screenplays. Writing and rewriting as the route to the best screenplay possible. Course will proceed through screening of films and television shows, writing labs, workshops, presentations, and lectures. Students will write a feature screenplay, first draft (90-120 pages). Prerequisite: COMM 2304 or permission of instructor.

DCOM 4311  Writer-Producer-Director  3 SCH  (3)  

Advanced production course in writing for the screen. Instruction in how to translate writing for the page to writing for film. Designed to prepare students, through fast-paced immersion, to write, produce and direct by quickly putting onto the screen what they write on the page. Prerequisites: DCOM 2306, and DCOM 3304 or permission of instructor.