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Summer 2015
Jesse Wolfe
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ADLER HALL /Room 309

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912-5256419

Office hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 1:30-2:30


Email:

jwolfe@scad.edu

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ADLER 316

Meeting Times:

Monday / Wednesday
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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School of Entertainment Arts, Department of Film and Television, Savannah

FILM 320 - Directing the Narrative


Section: 01 CRN: 40423

SCAD Mission:
The Savannah College of Art and Design exists to prepare talented students for professional careers, emphasizing
learning through individual attention in a positively oriented university environment.
Course Description:
This course combines hands-on exercises, screenings and demonstrations of the fundamental directing skills required for
visual storytelling. Students are introduced to plot development, scene continuity, dramatic motivation of talent, the
main narrative models and the language of various narrative structures. Prerequisite(s): FILM 106, FILM 210, MPRA 314,
SNDS 201.
Course Goals: The following course goals articulate the general objectives and purpose of this course:
1. Students will develop sophisticated skills for the art and craft of narrative filmmaking.

2. Students will gain deeper knowledge of the directors craft of storytelling by visual means.
3. Students will learn a methodology and strategy for translating a script to the screen and construct a visual,
emotional and character-driven story line.
4. Students will explore the process of directing a short narrative film, from conception to completion.

Student Learning Outcomes: The following course outcomes indicate competencies and measurable skills that
students develop as a result of completing this course:
1. Students will articulate the manner of narrative treatment.
2. Students will establish and maintain a visual look all the way through the film to enhance the expressive
potential of the film through visual design.
3. Students will apply film language standards and genre visual conventions to shot design.
4. Students will determine, analyze, and visually articulate the directors units.
5. Students will apply different approaches of blocking and staging to a scene.
6. Students will use a sophisticated visual strategy for rendering a scene based on character perspective.

Schedule of Classes:
Key events including assignments, projects due dates/exam dates:
Class 1:
Mon, June 22,
2015

Intro Course/Go over syllabus


-Discuss Course Project parameters
-Discuss Finding Original Ideas for Films
-Discuss and Define The Fiilmmaker's Vision
-HOMEWORK: Find an original idea for amovie that fits within the project
paramters.

Class 2:
Wed, June 24,
2015

-Discuss Effective Pitching


-Work on putting your film ideas into pitch form.
-HOMEWORK: Turn in pdf of scripts that you wish to pitch
Begin work on your PNP projects

Class 3:
Mon, June 29,
2015

-Screen Effective Short Film(s) and discuss.


-Pitchfest- Pitch your movies to class
-Discuss/Debate pitches
-Read FNP scripts out loud in class

-Decide on which FNP projects to create as a class.


-Assign Crew for FNP projects
-HOMEWORK: Continue working on PNP projects
Class 4:
Wed, July 1,
2015

-Discuss Telling Stories With Images/Visual Storytelling


-Discuss Silent Scene Assignment
-HOMEWORK: Silent Scene Assignment
Assignment: Shoot/Recreate the posted
dialogue scene without using any dialogue, voiceover or other auditory tools.
Fill out the Vision Form and have ready to turn in. Scene and form will be
posted on course blogsite.
Continue working on PNP projects

Class 5:
Mon, July 6,
2015

-Screen Effective Short Film(s) and discuss.


-One on One meetings with professor to discuss PNP projects
-HOMEWORK: Continue working on your Silent Scene Assignment. Have ready
ti tun in and screen for next class
Continue working on PNP projects

Class 6:
Wed, July 8,
2015

-Turn in Silent Scene Assignment


-Screen and Discuss Silent Scene Assignments
-HOMEWORK: Continue working on PNP projects
*FIELD TRIP ASSGINMENT: SCAD Cinema Circle Screening of
BADLANDS at Trustees Theater Saturday July 11th 7:00pm. You
must attend the screening. Then write a paper describing your experience
watching the film in the theater with an audience, and how you feel the director
was successful/failed in delivering the narrative of the film, Papers will be
typed, single spaced, at least 500 words. These papers will be due by no later
than Class 8 (July 15) for full credit. Turned into dropbox.

Class 7:
Mon, July 13,
2015

-Screen Effective Short Film(s) and discuss.


-Discuss Coverage- Hollywood Classic and alternative approaches to covering a
scene.
-HOMEWORK: Coverage Assignment: take the assigned scene and
shoot/edit it three ways: (a) using standard classic Hollywood style coverage
theory, (b)using alternative coverage theories and (c) edtitng a third cut f the
scene mixing both styles from previous two approaches.
Continue working on PNP projects
Continue preproduction on FNP projects

Class 8:
Wed, July 15,
2015

-Screen Effective Short Film(s) and discuss.


-Discuss Symbolsim. metaphor and visual poetry
-HOMEWORK: Continue to work on Coverage Assignment. have ready to turn
in next class
Continue working on PNP projects
Continue preproduction on FNP projects

Class 9:
Mon, July 20,
2015

-Turn in Coverage Assignment


-Screen and discuss Coverage Assignments
-HOMEWORK: Finish PNP projects and have ready to turn in and screen next
class
Continue preproduction on FNP projects

Class 10:
Wed, July 22,
2015

-Turn in PNP projects


-MIDTERM- Screen PNP projects in class and take "exam"
-HOMEWORK: Continue preproduction on FNP projects

Class 11:
Mon, July 27,
2015

-Screen Effective Short Film(s) and discuss.


-Discuss Effective Directing of Performace techniues- casting, rehearsal and on
set practices.
-HOMEWORK: Continue preproduction on FNP projects

Class 12:
Wed, July 29,
2015

-Screen short films and discuss


-FNP Production Meetings with professor. Teams will present status reports
and supporting materials to professor for green/yellow/red light designation.
-HOMEWORK: Begin Production on FNP productions
*FIELD TRIP ASSIGNMENT 2 Vivienne Westwood exhibit SCAD
Museum of Art. Go to the exhibit and observe the dresses and how they are
presented. Pick a dress that speaks to you. Take a photos of it. and as you
do, keep i mind that you are creating the scene in which that dress/manequin is
in. Time of day, year, era. Who is the person wearing it and why. How do they
feel, what do they want. And then explain how the dress and pose and lighing
and camera angles you used to shoot the dress deliver that story. Be ready to
deliver his assignment to professor by no later than Class 16 (August 12) for
full credit. Turned into Dropbox.

Class 13:
Mon, August

-Screen Effective Short Film(s) and discuss.

3, 2015

-Discuss the Theory of Narrative Point of View through Shot Design


-HOMEWORK: Point of view Scene Assignment
Assignment- take the assigned scene
and shoot it from one character's point of view, then shoot again from the
opposute character's point of view, employing techniques discussed in class.
Continue Production on FNP productions

Class 14:
Wed, August
5, 2015

-Screen Effective Short Film(s) and discuss.


-HOMEWORK: Continue to work on your Point Of View Assignment. Have ready
to turn in and screen next class
-Continue Production on FNP productions

Class 15:
Mon, August
10, 2015

-Turn in Point Of View Assignments


-Screen and Discuss Point of View Assignments
-HOMEWORK: Finish Production on FNP productions

Class 16:
Wed, August
12, 2015

-Screen First Assemblies of FNP productions and discuss

Class 17:
Mon, August
17, 2015

-Screen Revisions of FNP productions and discuss

Class 18:
Wed, August
19, 2015

-Screen Revisions of FNP productions and discuss

Class 19:
Mon, August
24, 2015

-Screen Revisions of FNP productions and discuss

Class 20:
Wed, August
26, 2015

-Screen Final Revisions of FNP productions and discuss

-HOMEWORK: Continue Edit on FNP productions

-HOMEWORK: Continue Edit on FNP productions

-HOMEWORK: Continue Edit on FNP productions

-HOMEWORK: Continue Edit on FNP productions

-Take Final "Exam"

Grading Opportunities:
Your overall course grade will be computed according to the following breakdown:
Assignment
Filed Trip Assignment- SCAD Cinema Circle Screening of

Weight
10.00 percent

BADLANDS at Trustees Theater Saturday July 11th


7:00pm. You must attend the screening. Then write a
paper describing your experience watching the film in the
theater with an audience, and how you feel the director was
successful/failed in delivering the narrative of the film,
Papers will be typed, single spaced, at least 500 words.
These papers will be due by no later than Class 8 (July 15)
for full credit. Turned into dropbox.

Field Trip Assignment 2- Vivienne Westwood exhibit


SCAD Museum of Art. Go to the exhibit and observe the
dresses and how they are presented. Pick a dress that
speaks to you. Take a photos of it. and as you do, keep i
mind that you are creating the scene in which that
dress/manequin is in. Time of day, year, era. Who is the
person wearing it and why. How do they feel, what do they
want. And then explain how the dress and pose and lighing
and camera angles you used to shoot the dress deliver that
story. Be ready to deliver his assignment to professor by no
later than Class 16 (August 12) for full credit. Turned into
Dropbox.

Silent Scene Assignment


Assignment: Shoot/Recreate the posted
dialogue scene without using any dialogue, voiceover or other
auditory tools. Fill out the Vision Form and have ready to
turn in. Scene and form will be posted on course blogsite.

Coverage Assignment: take the assigned scene and


shoot/edit it three ways: (a) using standard classic
Hollywood style coverage theory, (b)using alternative
coverage theories and (c) edtitng a third cut f the scene
mixing both styles from previous two approaches.

Point of view Scene Assignment


Assignment- take the assigned
scene and shoot it from one character's point of view, then
shoot again from the opposute character's point of view,
employing techniques discussed in class.

Personal Narrative Project (PNP) - a personal creative


film project, where the fillamker must use the elements of
cinematic expression to communicate information to an
audience about themselves.

Festival Narrative Project (FNP) - a group project,


where members of the class serve as prodcution team in the
creation of a narrative film ready for festival submission.
embers will share in the choosing of the projects, working on
the production in various key crew psotions if not directing,
and will evaluate each other's performances as well as

10.00 percent

10.00 percent

10.00 percent

10.00 percent

30.00 percent

20.00 percent

critique the experience.

Total Weight

100 percent

Grading Standards

Range

Letter grade: A = excellent

90 100 percent

Letter grade: B = good

80 89 percent

Letter grade: C = *

70 79 percent

Letter grade: D = *

60 69 percent

Letter grade: F = failing

0 59 percent

* Refer to the student handbooks and departmental standards for minimal acceptance for passing grade.

Course Information:
Field Trip(s):
SCAD Cinema Circle Screening of BADLANDS at Trustees Theater Saturday July 11th 7:00pm. You must
attend the screening. Then write a paper describing your experience watching the film in the theater with an audience,
and how you feel the director was successful/failed in delivering the narrative of the film, Papers will be typed, single
spaced, at least 500 words. These papers will be due by no later than Class 8 (July 15) for full credit. Turned into
dropbox.
Vivienne Westwood exhibit SCAD Museum of Art. Go to the exhibit and observe the dresses and how they are
presented. Pick a dress that speaks to you. Take a photos of it. and as you do, keep i mind that you are creating the
scene in which that dress/manequin is in. Time of day, year, era. Who is the person wearing it and why. How do they
feel, what do they want. And then explain how the dress and pose and lighing and camera angles you used to shoot
the dress deliver that story. Be ready to deliver his assignment to professor by no later than Class 16 (August 12) for
full credit. Turned into Dropbox.

Extra Help Session(s):


Any student with a scroe of C or lower at midterm muust attend help session with professor.
One on One Meetings with professor for PNP project
Team meeting with professor for FNP status red/yellow/green light designation

Extended Learning Opportunities:


These will be added to curriculum as opportunitie present themselves in the TERM calendar

Other Course Information:


Course blogsite: wolfe-scad-film320.blogspot.com

Course Materials:
Required Text(s):
"Ciniematic Storytelling: The 100 Most Powerful film Conventions Every filmmaker Must Know" by Jennifer Van Sijll
Michael Wiese Productions )c) 2005 ISBN-10: 1-932907-05-X

*DO NOT PURCHASE BOOK UNTIL AFTER ATTENDING FIRST CLASS AND DISCUSSING WITH PROFESSOR

Recommended Text(s):

"The Visual Story" by Bruce Block Focal Press; 2nd edition (c) 2007 ISBN-10: 0240807790
"How Not to Make A Short Film" by Roberta Marie Munroe Hachette Books; First Edition edition (c) 2009 ISBN-10:
1401309542

Required Material(s):
Access to camera and editing software
Access to course blogsite: wolfe-scad-film320.blogspot.com

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