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General Course Information for MDC683: Production Management

Course: MDC683 - Production Management
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Course Description: Working collaboratively as director, director of photography, assistant director, or production manager, students develop a film production from pre-production through production and post-production. Includes script breakdowns for budget, schedule, casting, location, cinematography and production design, on-set procedures, and post-production work-flow.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Collaborate as a production team lead (director, associate producer, director of photography, assistant director, production designer or gaffer) to design the production of a short digital motion picture.
  • Generate the requisite script breakdowns that include the necessary dramatic, operational, and technical elements necessary to move a film project into production .
  • Design the production plan for a short digital motion picture project that includes: a production schedule, budget, casting, production design, staffing and logistical requirements.
  • Generate the requisite professional pre-production documentation checklists and forms required for a motion picture production.
  • Evaluate the mise-en-scene for a short digital motion picture by applying professional cinematic concepts in the areas of blocking, shot selection, lighting, sound and production design
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
    • Create an original screenplay or a documentary production treatment with a coherent structure and compelling storyline that engages and sustains the interest of a discriminating audience
    • Create an original short motion picture based on an original concept with a coherent storyline that is significant and complex enough to engage and sustain the interest of a discriminating audience and is suitable for distribution or submission to a film festival
    • Critique the creative works of others using relevant critical models and professional vocabulary
    • Evaluate professional and theoretical issues and processes pertaining to movies and aspects of digital filmmaking based on recognized industry models and standards
    • Generate an original narrative screenplay that incorporates standard industry format and narrative structural elements
    • Generate the standard industry documentation required to effectively communicate and collaborate with a production team during the development, production, editing and distribution of a professional motion picture
    • Implement post-production workflow processes to capture, edit, finish and export digital video assets to appropriate distribution media
    • Incorporate research from primary and secondary sources into sustained analyses and interpretations of screenplays, films and television programs

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

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Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

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Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
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