The Advanced Filmmaking graduate certificate program builds upon previously learned skills by providing opportunities to explore various advanced skills in film and video production leading to employment and/or entrepreneurship in the film and television industries. This three-semester program is designed to prepare students for work as assistant film and video editors, image compositors, digital special effects artists, cinematographers and lighting specialists, production specialists, production managers, media marketers and assistant directors.
Students receive extensive hands-on experience in all phases of digital production at an advanced level, following industry standards. They write, shoot, direct and edit their own HD content and produce a final product ready for an appropriate channel of digital media distribution. This is an excellent program for people who have a passion for filmmaking and would like to develop their abilities as filmmakers.
Students have the opportunity to explore both documentary and narrative film production. With an emphasis on storytelling and the creation of compelling visual narratives, those entering this program will learn audio and video capture; editing; production management; directing; cinematography; and post-production for both audio and video.
The essentials of screenwriting for film and media are introduced as students learn to work within a professional production pipeline to create narrative and documentary films. Students collaborate under expert faculty guidance, to create short films and other media productions, creating presentation reels to apply for employment or freelance work. Through lectures and workshops by professional filmmakers and videographers, students will learn the basics of entrepreneurship and will be mentored in the creation of a personal entrepreneurial plan for a realistic business venture.
The objective of the program is to provide students with skills that will make them competitive when seeking employment with an existing business, and with a concrete plan for creating a job for themselves. It covers relevant topics such as business financing, risk and return in the creative industries, international opportunities and professional ethics.
Upon completion of Advanced Filmmaking, students will have production experience, and a complete digital portfolio, as well as an expanded awareness of how to achieve success in filmmaking as a career. Students' final films are celebrated at school screenings and external venues with family, friends and industry professionals.
You will learn to:
- Apply production techniques for film, television and digital video including basic aspects of interactive television.
- Analyze historical and current issues and emerging trends affecting the evolution of film and television as artistic media.
- Develop skills required for image compositing, editing for film and television and apply colour correction techniques.
- Plan, schedule, budget, and manage location sites for various types of film and television projects in accordance with safety, legal and professional standards.
- Apply advanced audio recording and post-production techniques for film and video projects in accordance with professional standards.
48-Hour Film Challenge
This fall you (and all of the students in your program) will participate in the second annual MAD 48–hour Film Challenge beginning on Tuesday October 10th, 2017! Over 500 students will participate in this year’s Challenge, under guidance from 38 staff and faculty.
Here’s how it works: We’ll mix you and your colleagues all into small interdisciplinary groups with other participating MAD programs, so you’ll have the opportunity to meet students from a variety of disciplines across the School. A line of dialogue, a genre, a prop and a character type will be assigned to each group and must appear in your short film.
Expectations and technical details will be discussed at a meeting in C113 on Tuesday, October 10th. The time of your specific meeting will be announced in class and posted on DC Connect (our online learning management system).
on Friday morning, October 13th at the Oshawa Cineplex Odeon, located at 1351 Grandview Street North. You can get there (using your student transit pass) on Durham Transit. Don’t miss this fun event!
A jury of industry professionals will attend the screening and select the top films for each genre and the best overall film. There will be an awards presentation immediately following the screening.
If you have any questions or need assistance during the MAD 48–hour Film Challenge, technical staff and faculty will be available during regular school hours in rooms B105 and L223.
*Please note that any religious observations will be accommodated. We hope (and expect) that you will participate and attend at times that are not affected by religious restrictions or commitments.