Perfect your craft
The Advanced Filmmaking program challenges students who hold a related credential or equivalent experience to develop their craft artistically and technically, providing them with the expertise needed to make their own documentary and narrative films. Students learn how to sustain their careers by shooting and editing video for industrial, commercial and consumer applications, including Public Service Announcements (PSAs); short docs; promos and personal celebrations.Back to Top
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.
- Graduates from related diploma and degree programs; Journalism – Mass Media; Video Production; Photography; Interactive Media Design; Animation – Digital/Animation – Digital Production; Game Development; Broadcasting – Radio and Contemporary Media; any film program
- Demonstrated competence through a minimum of three years of related work experience in video production or filmmaking. Candidates should have strong practical experience in one of the three main areas of the film/video industry: pre-production (scripting, storyboarding, etc.), production (capture, lighting, sound, etc.) or post-production (editing in video, film and/or audio)
WHAT YOU COULD BE:
- Assistant director
- Assistant film and video editor
- Audio and video recording technician
- Digital special effects artist
- Image compositor
- Lighting specialist
- Media marketer
- Production manager
- Production specialist
- Scriptwriter, storyboarder and related occupation
WHERE YOU COULD WORK:
- Film industry
- Television industry
Course List & Descriptions
- Camera Operation And Lighting (CAMO 1301)
- Cinematography I (CINE 1303)
- Director I (DIR 1301)
- Preproduction For Film & Video (PPDN 1303)
- Production Studio 1 (PROD 1301)
- Production Management I (PROM 1301)
- Script Writing And Storyboarding (SWSB 1301)
- Cinematography II (CINE 2304)
- Director II (DIR 2302)
- Post-Prod For Film And Video (PPDN 2302)
- Production Studio II - ADFL (PROD 2302)
- Production Management II (PROM 2301)
- Sound Recording And Engineering (SREC 2301)
- Collaboration And Real World Scenarios (CRWS 3303)
- Entrepreneurship And Professional Practice (ENTR 3403)
- Field Placement - ADFL (FWK 3307)
- Industry Portfolio (PORT 3303)
Courses and course descriptions are subject to change.Back to Top
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Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.Back to Top
Field Placement Or Capstone Project
Your learning experience will be complemented by a field placement with a video, film or television company where you will complete duties as determined in a learning contract written in collaboration with the employer. You may also choose to create an independent capstone project in a team with other students who have selected this option. Working in effective production teams, students will be responsible for co-ordinating and managing the pre-production, production and post-production of their capstone project.Back to Top
Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials
Graduates may also be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study through Durham College's partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities.
Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.Back to Top