Plan of Study: 2019-20 Plan of Study [pdf]
Film / video production is a new concentration in the Digital Media & Design department. We see digital filmmaking as an integral part of everything we do in DMD. From fine art to the digital humanities to business strategies, short-form video production is an integral tool for sharing stories, marketing products, advocating issues, and distributing information for learning. Whether it be a 15-second clip on Snapchat, a learner video, a documentary, or an experimental or narrative short film, students learn to develop high production values to tell a powerful story to a specifically targeted audience.
Unique to UConn’s program is our position between the humanities, sciences, fine art, and business. Students and faculty can collaborate across departments and with client partners on exciting and innovative film projects. Current UConn collaborations include the Human Rights Institute, to offer courses in social justice filmmaking.
Courses within the concentration are designed to help students develop technical skills alongside skills in iterative, creative project development and aesthetics. Throughout their coursework, students will gain experience in the full production process, from idea generation and contextualization through project planning and storyboarding, production, post-production and editing, all the while emphasizing critique and revision. Digital Film/Video Production majors explore the use of film and video within a wide range of genres including traditional narrative, documentary, informational and marketing content, and interactive experiences, preparing them for diverse careers in the film, television, and digital media industries.
While the Digital Film/Video Production major is new as of Fall 2019, video production has always been woven into our other concentrations and is a critical part of our foundation courses and our Student Agency client work. Courses include: Moving Image and Sequence (editing), Film Writing, Digital Cinematography I, Narrative Workshop, Cinematic Storytelling, Digital Sound Design, and a wide assortment of variable topics including: Producing & Editing Film, Digital Cinema Production, Digital Cinema 2, Technical Production for Video Shoots, and Short Film Production.
Facilities at the Storrs campus include a brand new 784 ft2 film production studio, with full lighting grid, green screen wall, and several different colored backdrops. Students also have access to the professional film production studio in the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts. Storrs DMD also has a sound editing suite. At the Stamford campus, we have a smaller flexible space / production studio and a high-end editing suite. At both campuses, a vast array of professional, high-end film and audio equipment is available for student checkout through our media cages, the Imagination Station and Splash Pad. Equipment includes:
- Canon DSLR camera kits with a wide assortment of lenses
- Cinema cameras and camcorders
- Sound recording equipment (audio recorders, microphones)
- Tripods, glide gear, dollies, etc.
- Lighting kits, C-stands, and other lighting gear
The UConn Film Club is a UConn student organization of more than 50 members that work together to learn about the filmmaking process and work on their own original productions.
Moving Image & Sequence
Introduction to digital editing, project management, working with sound and time-based storytelling.
Digital Cinematography I
Introduction to the fundamentals of cinematography in the digital realm, including both technical knowledge and aesthetics. Emphasis on camera angles, movements, composition, and lighting to enhance storytelling.
An open forum where students will “workshop” their own narratives and works-in-progress, using each other as collaborators, editors, and ideators to investigate emerging forms of storytelling.
Broadcast Graphics & Title Sequence
A survey of broadcast design and title sequences made for film, games and television.
A survey of film and media, in particular, the close analysis of graphic storytelling techniques in television, animation, shorts, and movies.
Exploration of compositing and visual effects through production, manipulation, and combination of live action footage with 2D and 3D animated effects.
Digital Sound Design
A practical introduction to sound recording, editing, and mixing, designed to give students both the technical and artistic skills necessary to provide sound design for a variety of different media, including stand-alone audio, live-action film, animation, games, and more.