The Outline below is a brief description of the overall curriculum of the Georgia Film School program. Each class is packed with information, demonstrations and hands on experience in the art and science of film making! Classroom content takes place in our plush 60-seat movie theater, while the demonstration and hands on portions are conducted on a real movie set in our state of the art studio space.
This class is designed for the beginner students or experienced students who have skills in film or video production in other areas than camera work. Students will learn the basic camera functions of popular digital cinema style cameras. The focus is on large imager, film style cameras that are used in film making today.
The Cinematography class serves as the foundation for the entire curriculum. The class discusses the principles of cinema technique and how that can apply to not only film making, but commercial work as well.
The Camera section of the course focuses on detailed information of the technology behind digital cinema cameras and how they differ from traditional video production equipment. Students will learn which cameras produce a film look and the realistic benefits and limitations of the various formats and models used in the current digital cinema camera gear. Topics like color space, dynamic range and compression will be thoroughly explained along with how to operate the most popular models including the Red Scarlet and Canon 5D Mark II.
The lens curriculum thoroughly covers all the various lenses and focal lengths and demonstrates the best uses for each. Students will learn in detail the power of shallow depth of field and the story telling benefits afforded by this technique. Filters will also be covered in detail in the section of the course.
Camera motion is a major component in quality film making and students will learn in depth about the equipment and techniques involved. Jibs, Dolly, Steady Cam, Sliders and more will be demonstrated and discussed along with hands on using these exciting film making tools.
Nothing screams amateur production like poor audio! Students will learn about the properties of sound and recording using a wide variety of popular audio equipment available today. Getting true cinema quality dialog in your own productions will be the focus in this informative portion of the program.
Techniques for Directing, Director of Photography and Production design will be demonstrated in detail during this portion of the course. Guest speaker Matthew Young provides an exciting perspective into making your productions look like a blockbuster film.
Students learn the fundamentals of editing on the Adobe Creative Suite in this introductory portion of the post production curriculum. Data management, organization, as well as general principles of cinema editing are taught in this informative class.
This portion of the curriculum helps students organize their projects and better understand the reality of the time it takes to shoot their film. Popular script writing and storyboard tools are explained and demonstrated in this informative session.
Discussion about Film Festivals, Internet, Broadcast and Theatrical Distribution of Independent Films. Discussion includes budgeting and the costs associated between general and named actors in independent films.
Students will participate in the casting and shooting of a short film over a two day period. The shoot will include one day on location and a second day in the studio to learn the workflow surround both. All the general principles learned over the entire course will be put to use in this total hands on shoot!
Students will collaborate on the entire editing and post production portion of the class short. Editing, audio, special effects, color grading and final output will be performed in real time to provide a start to finish education of editing a film.
A fun final get together to show off the class project and network with several invited film industry producers and professionals.