GFA Georgia Film Academy

GFA   1000   Intro to On-Set Production

6 Credit Hours.   6 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduction to On-Set Production is a survey class that familiarizes students with the many job positions, specialized equipment and technical procedures involved in professional feature film and television production, with an emphasis on workforce development fo the growing industry in Georgia. Upon successful completion of the course, students will understand and be able to execute the filming of a scene, and be prepared for continued study in the mechanics of film production.

GFA   3010   Production Design

6 Credit Hours.   6 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is designed to examine the process of Production Design as it relates to the film and television industry. Students will work on an assigned project and take it from concept to completion solving real-world challenges with the skills they have learned in class. Assigned projects will allow them the hands-on experience they need. A large emphasis will be placed on set etiquette, including but not limited to task completion, teamwork, attitude, professionalism, and punctuality. This class will include assigned reading from various books, web articles, and periodicals. It will also include video lessons and use of Vectorworks Student Software. Students are expected to attend all classes and complete all assignments.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in GFA   1000.

GFA   3020   Motion Picture Set Lighting

6 Credit Hours.   6 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is offered in collaboration with the Georgia Film Academy. The course is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge of electrical distribution and set lighting on a motion picture or episodic television set in order to facilitate their entry and advancement in the film business. Students will participate in goal oriented class projects including power distribution, set protocol and etiquette, properly setting lamps, department lingo, how to light a set to feature film standards, motion picture photography, etc. A large emphasis will be placed on set etiquette including, but not limited to, participation in exercises, attitude, professionalism and technique on and off set.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in GFA   1000.

GFA   3040   Introduction to Editing with Avid Media Composer 100

6 Credit Hours.   6 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Students will participate in creative, narrative editing projects in order to demonstrate fundamentals of post production theory and practice. In addition, they will engage in Avid-based activities designed to increase the technical proficiency necessary to pass Avid certification exams. The course focuses on the professional work environment processes for picture editing, audio mixing, audio effects, visual effects, color correction, and digital file delivery. Technical operations are covered, including ingest, output, and media management, edit bay procedures, protocol, and best practices. Avid’s curriculum will be supplemented with elemental post production information including a historical overview of the editing process and tools; current processes, procedures, and terminology; project organization, digital file codecs, audio sample rate, introduction to concepts and tools of color grading, and introductory troubleshooting. Students will also develop an understanding and awareness of post production industry standards.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" GFA   1000.

GFA   3140   Introduction to Sound Design with Avid ProTools 100

6 Credit Hours.   6 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Upon completion of this course, the student will be ready to enter the film industry as a working digital audio technician and/or assistant digital audio technician. The student will have the opportunity to achieve globally recognized certification in Avid ProTools 100 level curriculum. Upon completion, students will have a broad base of knowledge that will allow him/her to integrate with a digital audio team from the first day. This knowledge includes, but is not limited to, the equipment, techniques, communications, specifications, etc. used in the digital audio department. In addition to the knowledge, the student will also be well aware of the physical requirements and expectations the job will require. The student will also have a virtually complete understanding of digital audio production industry standards.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in GFA   1000.

GFA   4000   Film & Television Apprenticeship

6 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Students will be assigned to appropriate opportunities offered by professional film and television productions or affiliated vendor companies to practice and enhance their skills in the designated department through practical experience. Students will be permitted to express their preferences for specific departments, pending availability. Students will be exposed to the unique and specialized knowledge, skills and resources for their designated department. In addition, students will have an opportunity to network and develop resumes. Students are also required to complete essential Safety Training (OSHA), Self-Evaluations, and a Guest Speaker Lecture Series. Students will be required to write an essay paper that outlines long-term career strategies.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in GFA   1000 and at least one GFA Specialty.

GFA   4010   Production Design II

6 Credit Hours.   6 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Students will assume key roles as crew members in completing the pre-production and production workflows within the art department. Working from assigned scripts, students complete and present concept art, mood-boards, architectural drawings, and then manage logistics of building all sets, props and effects for that production. The course begins with design concepts using predetermined scripts. Students will implement their roles as crew members of the art department and develop working relationships with other crew members, throughout the phases of production. Upon completion of the course, students will have a camera-ready and fully dressed set that GFA film classes can shoot on.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in GFA   1000 and GFA   3010.

GFA   4020   Motion Picture Set Lighting II

6 Credit Hours.   6 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Students will participate in goal-oriented class projects including lighting plots, location scouting, various stage and location sets, managing a crew, achieving proper exposure for camera settings, and aesthetic stylization. Specific focus is given to design and execution of lighting in common production scenarios. An emphasis will be placed on set etiquette including, but not limited to, participation in exercises, attitude, professionalism and technique on and off set. Students will develop a thorough understanding of the behavior of light and how to manipulate and control it to feature film standards. Students will benefit from the experience of having prepared different types of locations ranging from houses to retail areas to corporate and educational areas. The course will provide the opportunity to rig and light the most common situations a set lighting crew faces – day exteriors, day interiors, night exteriors, night interiors, on stage and on location.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in GFA   1000 and GFA   3020.