Syllabus Summer Film Class

Introduction to Film Production

This course offers an introduction to the fundamental elements and process of film production.  It will focus on the qualities of the films and images as a 2-dimension visual art form. Students will work in digital video and edit in Adobe Premiere Pro. All necessary equipment will be provided by Tacoma Public Library and Centro Latino. Students may also use their own gears and software to complete assignments outside of class time. 

After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Create a digital short film project;
  2. Have a basic understanding of film pre-production, production, and post-production;
  3. Have a basic knowledge of common terms in cinematic language.


Group process and collaboration are essential parts of this course. Attendance is a must! At the end of the fourth week, a drawing and prizes will be awarded to students with the best attendance. 

Week 1 – Introduction Week

  • Class Overview: Intro to Digital Film Making Class
  • Introduction to 2-dimensional space
  • Intro to Distraction: Chuck Close Painting Project
  • Intro Adobe Premiere
  • Composition and Staging
  • Where is Matt Video
  • Student Video: Where is Moore
  • Intro to audio (Lecture by John Hargis)
  • Intro to library research (Lecture by Sarah Sunshine)


Week 2 – Fundamental Elements of Film Production (July 2 & 3)

  • Re-edit the “Where is Moore” video
  • Intro to Outline/Treatment
  • Intro screenwriting (Activity)
  • Intro Storyboard
  • Camera Shots
  • 180 Degree Rule
  • Short Video “Bad Joke”
  • Youtube lecture (Intern Project)
  • Discussion: Ideas Short Indie Film Project

Films to watch for next week:

  • The Shape of Water – Guillermo del Toro
  • Wasteland, 2010 documentary -Lucy Walker
  • Seven Samurai – Akira Kurosawa

Week 3 – Group Screenwriting

  • 3 Point Lighting Presentation (John)
  • Re-edit Short Video “Bad Joke”
  • Group Selections
  • Write Screenplay for Film Contest (Group)
  • Editing and transition
  • Intern Lectures:
    • The Shape of Water – Guillermo del Toro;
    • Wasteland, 2010 documentary. Lucy Walker;
    • Akira Kurosawa  – Seven Samurai.

Week 4 – Pre Production & Production Week

  • Intro: Hill Top Film Festival
  • Interns Lecture: Waste Land
  • Filming Short Film
  • Adobe Premiere Tips
  • Attendance Drawing
  • Fill Out The Evaluation Forms!


Week 5-6: Post Production

  • Library Media Studio
    Mac Adobe Premiere
    Tacoma Moore Library
    215 S 56th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98408
  • Final Group Video Review 4 pm – 5:30 pm
    Olympic Room
    Tacoma Moore Library
    215 S 56th Ave,
    Tacoma, WA 98408