Ontario Secondary School Diploma (or equivalent) with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (U/C), or Open (O) preparation levels. Courses Required: Grade 12 College or University preparation English. For more information
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About the Program
The Confederation College Film Production Program (Conflix) is a hands-on, two year (4 semester) accredited program that teaches filmmaking from A-Z by having students make their own films using professional equipment, and by crewing on other student's films. The program runs from early September to the end of April each year.
Semester One is 21 hours a week. Each class is scheduled for 3 hours
FP 161: Filmmaking I: Shooting the First Film
In this course students will get the basic knowledge they need to shoot their first film. Students will learn about light, optics, composition, and the science behind the moving image using both classic and modern films as examples. In addition, time and space, the psychology of film and storytelling techniques and methods are covered. Film conventions and film style with reference to modern filmmakers are also explored. Filmmaking culture, vocabulary and tradition are emphasized as a foundation of film theory.
FP 162: Cameras and Lighting
In FP 162 students will work in groups and as individuals as they take a hands-on approach to develop shooting and lighting strategies for their first dramatic, silent film project. Students will learn the correct and safe handling of basic movie equipment which includes; cameras, lenses, camera supports, light fixtures, lighting bulbs, light stands, light controlling instruments, dollies, dolly tracks, electrical cords, camera and lighting filters, light meters, and various other miscellaneous items.
FP 163: Producing and Directing I
In this course, students will learn how to produce and direct movies by making their very own film right away. Together with the faculty/producer, students will prepare for their first productions by pitching an idea, planning for the shoot and building a small crew. Storyboards, script breakdown, hiring procedures, location scouting, permits and budgets are all covered. Students will also become engaged in all stages of production, including basic directing techniques and using professional protocols and methods.
FP 164: Intro to Post ProductioN
Editing is directing a film for the second time. Students will learn how to manipulate time and space by editing their own films plus professionally shot footage. Not only are students in this course introduced to the broad concepts of classical editing techniques and methods, they will get the hands-on experience necessary to understand the tools and technical aspects of editing. The artistic and creative realm of editing is also explored and developed.
FP 165: Photography
Basic compositional concepts, lenses and manipulation of the image with computers are introduced. Students will use digital cameras and the Photoshop platform to complete assignments and explore visual design.
HU 119: The History of Movies
Movies have been with us for over a century and each subsequent generation of filmmaker has left their mark on the style, form and structure of film. There is much we can learn from 'old films' and in 'History of the Movies' you will explore great films that still resonate with us today. How culture and history are reflected in the movies of their era, and how great films of the past have influenced popular culture, sets the stage for discussing the far-reaching importance of movies. From the invention of the moving image to the beginning of the sound film era is explored.
CS 007: PERSUASIVE WRITING
With a thematic focus on current issues, this course will help learners to express themselves clearly, correctly and persuasively in written form. Learners will also engage in analytical reading and critical thinking through assigned readings and discussions on a variety of topics. The course will also help learners to effectively compile and present research in essay form according to the APA style of documentation.
Semester Two is 24 hours a week. Each class is scheduled for 3 hours
FP 261: Filmmaking II: Shooting the 2nd Film
In this course students prepare to shoot their second film. Scenes and sequences are developed for a more sophisticated shooting and editing experience. Sound as an additional and vital storytelling element is introduced. Theories of sound, recording and microphones along with more varied shooting strategies are explored.
FP 262: Cinematography and Sound
In FP 262: Cinematography and Sound, students will learn how to use a variety of more sophisticated movie equipment such as higher end movie cameras, location sound recorders, various types of microphones, and more advanced production equipment. In this primarily hands-on course, movie equipment is used and demonstrated in classes and workshops and then used by the students to make their Thesis film. Students must manage a larger crew and take on numerous other crew positions.
FP 263: Producing and Directing II
Students, together with their faculty/producer, will prepare film productions with a greater emphasis on production planning. Students will learn to utilize aspects such as storyboards, location scouting, and using props and wardrobe for this longer narrative film. The end product involves the construction of a film through all stages of production using professional protocols and methods.
FP 264: Film and Sound Editing
Students will employ more advanced editing techniques to the films they have shot and sound editing and mixing is introduced. The concepts of continuity, montage, motivated editing, balance and rhythm are all introduced and used by the students to tell their stories. Music and sound effects as tools for dynamic and emotional emphasis are also introduced.
FP 266: Intro to Documentary Filmmaking
Students will learn about the basic techniques and aesthetics behind the design and production of documentary, commercial and industrial films. The use of camera, lighting and sound in the interview will be stressed. Students will demonstrate proficiency with technical equipment and employ these skills on two short non-fiction productions. Different types of documentary films will be analyzed in class and critical writing skills developed.
FP 267: Scriptwriting I
In this course students will learn the basics of script writing and classical storytelling by writing their own scripts which they will actually shoot as short films. Story concepts, character development, plot, and story progression are all explored. Students will write log lines, treatments, character sketches and screenplays utilizing industry standard formatting.
FP 268: Acting and Casting
A bad performance and poor casting can ruin the most carefully composed and executed film, so a rudimentary understanding of the director's journey is required and fundamental to the success of any film project. This includes understanding the needs of the actor and the techniques available when directing the actor. Also, many careers in film production that are not directing careers will nonetheless involve working with actors in some capacity.
FP 270: Art Direction and ProDuction Design
Art Direction and Production Design will introduce students to the basics of these two distinct, yet complimentary professions. Locations, storyboards, props, set dressing and construction will all be studied from the perspective of the filmmaker. A historical appreciation of the craft will also be explored. Upon completion, students will be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of all facets of production design.
Semester Three is 24 hours a week. Each class is scheduled for 3 hours
FP 361: Filmmaking III: Shooting The Thesis Film
This course centers on the shooting of the third film. Our advanced production theory course continues to develop the film maker's individual point of view. Schedules, budgets, locations, and planning protocols are all combined to develop a broader technical understanding of the film production process. Ideas that unify a film - visual design, sound design, and the use of the motif along with compound shots are also developed.
FP 362: Cinematography & Grip Equipment
Advanced production supports further development of the film maker's skills. This includes learning more about radio microphones, digital sound recorders, the professional Arri Alexa and Amira, plus smaller specialized lighting instruments and complex gaffer equipment.
FP 363: Producing and Directing III
Students are introduced to larger crews with more attention to planning, continuity, performances and effective use of locations for the production of a more advanced thesis film. Industry standard documentation is utilized as part of the standard professional film production protocol.
FP 364: Advanced Editing & Digital Special Effects
How to cut an action sequences and how to cut a dialogue sequence are compared and contrasted with numerous examples. ?Shooting for editing? as a concept is also explored. Techniques of colour correcting, image manipulation, compositing effects, tracking and match-moving are introduced for the second year thesis film.
FP 367: Scriptwriting II
This course reinforces but also expands on the basics from FP 267. Thinking skills used to generate ideas for a film are explored. Pitching a story idea is introduced and finding ways to incorporate symbolism and visual metaphors to develop a motif are developed. Where stories originate will be explored through an examination of myths and legends from a variety of traditions. Feature films will be used to deconstruct and learn the three act structure and the structure of films in general.
FP 369: Film Business
Students will be introduced to various budgeting and scheduling models that are an integral part of the film production process and industry. Students will learn techniques for estimating and constructing budgets, as well as for developing realistic schedules. The business side of film production will be introduced, with an emphasis placed on set etiquette, contracts, movie marketing, legal terms and the complex world of financing.
FP 370: Advanced Production Design
Advanced Production Design will allow students to gain hands-on experience with many of the elements of this diverse trade. Students will develop a full understanding of a films on-screen elements such as props, set design, wardrobe, make-up, and physical special effects, as well as visual motifs and style. The student will also have an opportunity to apply this understanding in the creating of a film.
Semester Four is 18 hours a week. Each class is scheduled for 3 hours
FP 461: Production Theory IV
Students in the final semester of the Film Production Program will continue to produce their thesis film projects and act in several crew capacities with their classmates. In addition, students will explore and develop a wider experience with music as it relates to scoring films. The students will also host Film Night in April including fundraising, promotion, box office and advertising components.
FP 462: Advanced Documentary
Complex lighting, sound and camera assignments are performed. Supplementary projects including documentary, corporate and educational videos are completed. Advanced information is developed for application on these projects. Emerging production technologies are explored.
FP 463: Producing and Directing IV
Students meet individually several times with their professor to discuss the thesis film and with their partner to plan and develop the video documentary/corporate/educational or animation project. Students also meet to discuss their medium and longer-term career objectives. The class trip to a major production centre is planned and information gathered is assessed.
FP 464: Colour Correction and Sound
Students are introduced to broad concepts of sound mixing and surround sound files and tools. Students will learn how to apply foley and sound recording techniques to a final sound mix. Basic colour theory and colour manipulation will be explored and applied to work before final output. Outputting to various file types including BluRay authoring is also explored.
FP 469: Freelancing
Students should expect to compete in a 'freelance' or 'contract' world. Even if full-time employment is obtained, it is likely that everyone will generate projects 'on the side', or at least, work on projects outside their main employment. As such, issues of hiring, firing, funding sources, taxes, networking, mentoring and proposal writing are key aspects of building a career. Students must also understand traditional job seeking skills such as interviewing and resumes.