Course Info

FILM 487: Directing the Short Motion Picture (Formerly DC 495)

Due to COVID-19, Spring in-class sections will be conducted online. Please contact your instructor for more information.

The penultimate production course for directors. Students must enter with a finished, producible, short film script with some principal pre-production elements in place. Advanced pre-production skills and topics to be covered include: prepping and breaking down the shooting script, schedule and budget, pre-visualization and storyboards, casting, rehearsals and directing actors, blocking, continuity, shot design, locations, aesthetics and visual design, working with crew, set procedures, the production binder, and directing from prep through post-production and delivery.

CP 420 or FILM 484 is a prerequisite for this class.

Winter 2019-2020

Section: 801
Class number: 25531
Meeting time: Tu 5:45PM - 9:00PM
Location: 14EAS LL107 at Loop Campus

Winter 2018-2019

Section: 801
Class number: 26781
Meeting time: Tu 5:45PM - 9:00PM
Location: 14EAS LL107 at Loop Campus

Spring 2017-2018

Section: 901
Class number: 34593
Meeting time: Tu 5:45PM - 9:00PM
Location: 14EAS LL107 at Loop Campus

Spring 2016-2017

Section: 902
Class number: 34101
Meeting time: Tu 5:45PM - 9:00PM
Location: 14EAS LL107 at Loop Campus

Spring 2015-2016

Section: 901
Class number: 33310
Meeting time: Tu 5:45PM - 9:00PM
Location: CDM 00924 at Loop Campus
Instructor: Jonah Zeiger
Section: 902
Class number: 37474
Meeting time: Tu 5:45PM - 9:00PM
Location: 14EAS LL107 at Loop Campus