Get a solid understanding of diverse film styles and genres then come up with a concept for your own short film project. Acquire essential skills in film directing, cinematography (lighting and camerawork), preproduction planning, and production design. Collaborate with your classmates on filmmaking exercises and constructively critique each other’s outputs. Learn the fundamentals of video editing, prepare your film for screening in various formats, share your film with the world, and finally, be inspired to continue your journey as a film practitioner and artist.

By the end of the course, the students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the properties of cinema as an art form
  2. Describe and implement the elementary principles of digital filmmaking
  3. Interpret and apply common terms in cinematic language
  4. Direct their own short films and
  5. Collaborate with other filmmakers and media practitioners.


(A) —​​ Production Processes

  1. Preproduction: Concept Development & Scriptwriting, Production Planning (Shooting Schedule, Location Hunting, Budget Planning), Casting
  2. Shooting: Director, Cinematographer, Production Designer, Line Producer, Assistant Director, Production Assistants, Actors, Other Members of the Crew
  3. Postproduction: Editor, Sound Designer, Composer, Musical Scorer

(B) — Cinematic Storytelling
  1. Story, Plot, Theme, and Form
  2. Meaning and Interpretation

(C) — Directing the Spectator's Look

  1. Planes: Foreground, Middle Ground, Background
  2. Depth Cues
  3. Deep-space and Shallow-space

(D) — Design vs. Randomness
  1. Setting
  2. Costumes, Props, and Make-up
  3. Lighting Highlights and Shadows (Hard Lighting and Soft Lighting, Directionality, Key Light and Fill Light, Three-point Lighting, High-key Lighting, and Soft-key Lighting
  4. Staging, Acting, Performance

(E) — Camerawork
  1. Shot Angle: High-angle Shot, Low-angle Shot, Dutch Tilt / Canted Shot, Aerial Shot
  2. Shot Sizes: Extreme Long Shot, Long Shot, Medium Long Shot, Medium Shot, Medium Close-up, Close-up Extreme Close-up
  3. Pan and Tilt
  4. Tracking Shot, Handheld Shot
  5. Long Take
  6. Two-shot, Shot Reverse Shot, and Over-the-Shoulder Shot

(F) — Photographic Aspects of the Moving Image

  1. Color
  2. Contrast
  3. Aspect Ratio
  4. Depth of Field: Wide-angle Lens, Telephoto Lens
  5. Frame Rate
  6. Framing and Composition

(G) — Filmspace
  1. Invisible Camera Technique
  2. 180° Rule, Axis of Action
  3. 30° Rule: Avoiding Jump Cuts