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Design, Storytelling, Art, Animation, Movies, Post Production
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Cinematic Storytelling

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Skill Level
Beginner
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English
Topics
Design, Storytelling, Art, Animation, Movies, Post Production
Course Description

This course is an introduction to the methods of cinematic storytelling, with an emphasis on visual grammar and techniques, taught by CCA Instructor and seasoned veteran of Lucasfilm and Pixar, Craig Good. Students will learn story structure, and how to develop written or spoken ideas into a clear dramatic narrative arc, and how to edit and juxtapose images to create a clear and emotionally engaging result for live action film and animation. They will also learn how collaboration and the ability to show work in progress, giving and getting notes from peers, makes everybody’s work better.

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Session 1: We Are Story (November 20, 2019)
Stories are a part of us. We’ll cover story structure, including the classic 3 acts. A movie is more like a symphony than a painting. A cinematic story has one job: Convey emotions. The technical term for a movie that fails is "boring". The hardest part of making movies: Getting and giving feedback, or notes. Do it early. Do it often. Get lots of eyes on the screen. Cinema is writing, but with a different grammar. Guiding the viewer’s eye. Let’s learn to see movies in a new way. If you don’t like watching them, you won’t like making them.
8 lessons
1. Course Introduction
2. Why Do We Tell Stories?
3. The Parts of a Story
4. Becoming Good Cinematic Storytellers (Premium Exclusive)
5. How is the Language of Cinema Written?
6. Guiding Your Viewer's Eye
7. Seeing Cinematically (Premium Exclusive)
8. Take the Red Pill: Paying Attention
Session 2: The Elements Of Visual Storytelling (November 27, 2019)
Contrast and affinity Bruce Block’s basic elements of visual language, including: Line, color, shape Space (deep/flat) and perspective Rhythm, intensity
5 lessons
1. Contrast and Affinity
2. Visual Elements
3. Color
4. Shapes, Space, and Rhythm (Premium Exclusive)
5. Observing Visual Elements in Action
Session 3: Perspective-Based Composition (December 4, 2019)
Composition is more than where things are in screen space, but where the camera is in world space Camera myths Depth cues Rule of Thirds Always ask: Why is the camera here, now, running, and pointed this direction?
5 lessons
1. Perspective and Depth Cues
2. Anatomy of the Camera
3. Where to Put the Camera
4. Composition / Where to Point the Camera
5. Perspective Based Composition (Premium Exclusive)
Session 4: Staging For Clarity, Lighting For Effect (December 11, 2019)
Stage line (180º rule): Establishing and moving the line Hitchcock rule Camera grammar: Camera angles and shot types. The uses of camera motion. Move the camera because you should, not because you can. Make it understandable even with no words. Light, shadow, specularity, falloff
6 lessons
1. Blocking and Staging
2. Honoring the Stage Line
3. Managing the Stage Line
4. Other Shot Types
5. Lighting
6. Staging for Comedy / Christian Roman Guest Lecture (Premium Exclusive)
Session 5: Editing: When Movies Get Made (December 18, 2019)
Eye hookups (affinity of motion). Cutting for emotion. Make movies for yourself, not an audience. The rule of rules: Break any rule as long as you understand it. Review and conclusion
4 lessons
1. Context and Juxtaposition
2. Guiding the Eye
3. Emotion and Rhythm (Premium Exclusive)
4. Make the Movies You Want to See
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