Introduction to Filmmaking

The American University of Rome

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Filmmaking

  • Host University

    The American University of Rome

  • Location

    Rome, Italy

  • Area of Study

    Film Studies, Radio - Television - Film

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    This course is only open to non-Film, Teleivision, and Video majors.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This is a course will teach the fundamentals of fiction filmmaking to students with little to no experience. Students will learn to create film story ideas,plan them for shooting, operate video cameras for shooting, as well as basic video editing for post-production. Specific topics include: understanding the formal foundations of cinematic storytelling, basic technical skills and concepts of video camera and lens operations, scene pre-visualization using blocking and shooting diagrams, the basic skills of shooting on location, as well as the basic techniques of film editing. The class consists of a mixture of lectures and analysis workshops, as well as hand-on shooting and editing exercises.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Some courses may require additional fees.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations


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