Producing Course Descriptions

Art of Creative Producing

GH258 (4 credit hours) 
Prerequisite: F127 UPM/AD
This is a unique course not available in any other academic setting. While other courses teach students how to be a producer during production, this course aims to expose the student to the challenges of producing from the inception and sale of a project, through pre-production, production, and post production, to ultimate distribution. Students learn typical producer functions such as when to use publicity, how to deal with creative egos, what to do if the marketing of your project is ill advised, and more.

Art of the Pitch

GH166 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: GH253 Hollywood Business Practices & History
A course for producers, writers, and directors, Art of the Pitch instructs students how to encapsulate their ideas into salable concepts, present those ideas, and communicate with the writers and others who become involved in bringing these ideas to fruition. The course features guest speakers from the executive ranks of the industry, as well as producers, agents, attorneys, and others, with the instructor being both the constant guide for the students as well as moderator.

Artist Management

F428 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: GH253 Hollywood Business Practices, GS256 Entertainment Law
This course provides a comprehensive overview and practical analysis of the business of talent representation. Through assigned readings, lectures and discussions, students will examine the history, purpose and day to day tasks of both agents and managers to gain a better understanding of their place in the entertainment industry. In an ongoing mock representation exercise, students will select a client from a pre-determined pool to strategize major and minor career moves on behalf of client.

Branded TV Production

V329 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: F110 Direting 1, F127 UPM/AD
The avenues for creativity are expanding and one of the most popular is branded TV series. In this class, you will pitch, develop, shoot, edit and broadcast your own original web-based TV series.

Development: From Acquisition To Green Light

F341 (4 credit hours) 
Prerequisite: GH155 Script Analysis 1
Through the use of writing and reviewing coverage, the steps of identifying a literary property for potential visual exploitation, the learning what a buyer at a studio seeks, students are immersed in the development process from inception of idea to getting that coveted go-ahead that starts real pre-production.

Distribution: How to Sell Your Production

F442A (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: None
A great film or other production can sit in a vault or in your closet if you do not find distribution to an audience. Through lecture and practical application, this course gives students the tools to sell their production when it is completed and maximize its potential – be it to the big screen, the small screen, or the smallest screen.

Documentary Production Workshop

F131 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisites: F101 Principles of Production, F102 Cinematography 1, F141 Production Sound
In this class students will conceive, shoot and do post production on a short documentary during the length of the quarter. Class time also includes lectures on the modes and genres of the documentary, screening and analysis of documentaries, and production exercises in which students work together to create instant documentaries.

Entertainment Business Studies

GH364 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite:  GH253 Hollywood Business Practices, GS256 Entertainment Law
A chance for the Producing emphasis student to research and deeply explore a broad industry business model or specific business model of a known or upcoming company and, if chosen, to create a detailed and sophisticated model that can be used to attract investors.

Film Financing

F420 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite:  GS108 Modern Business & Industry
This course introduces the fundamental concepts of film financing. The course explores the film financing options available to filmmakers and the advantages and disadvantages of each option. Topics covered include choice of business entity, collaborators and co-productions, financing independent films, attracting investors, tactics and strategy in arranging distribution, distribution agreements, distributor defaults, production incentives, and studio financing.

Hollywood Business Practices & History

GH253 (4 credit hours) 
Prerequisite: All Core Tier 1 courses
Hollywood Business Practices & History offers the student the information to understand and analyze the foundational business model of Hollywood, the center of not only the American motion picture and television industries, but the movie capital of the world. Students will learn the language and operations of these businesses. Topics include representation, trade publications, publicity, how the project development process works, the roles of unions and guilds, the roles of different job titles, how the money flows, and, perhaps most importantly, how to find your place in the industry.

In Charge: The Producer Makes the Film

F381 (4 credit hours) 
Prerequisite: F127 UPM/AD
Many films and TV projects are more producer-driven than controlled by any other function. In this course the producer will develop the script, hire the director and department heads, and be able to cogently express a vision for the project and manage the production and the team. Students will produce a short film shot with or without instructor supervision, one or off campus. The goal is to build your skills as the producer, to take charge.

Independent Film Workshop

F421 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: GH253 Hollywood Business Practices & History
Young filmmakers often find that it is their independent film that propels them. This course takes students through the process of successfully navigating the indie world. Do you cast a recognizable name? How do you approach investors, agents, managers, acquisition executives? What film festivals will get you the most notice? How can you use the internet to market an indie project?

Internet Essentials: The Business of New Media

V321 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite:  GH253 Hollywood Business Practices & History
The business of the Internet is a frontier that is only beginning to be tapped. This course explains the business of online platforms as well as other emerging platforms such as mobile phone content, video gaming, and possible windows for entertainment currently on the horizon.

Marketing & Public Relations

GH261 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: F127 UPM/AD
An introduction to the basic tenets of marketing and public relations, including an overview of their roles in general, as well as how they can and should be applied to specific career goals and professions. The course will review the terms, tools and techniques associated with understanding and utilizing marketing and public relations to better promote oneself as well as one’s project. It will review such topics as buzz marketing, brand development, publicity, effective networking and social media, among other areas.


F266 (4 credit hours) 
Prerequisite: All Core Tier 1 courses
An exploration of a remarkably resilient genre that has been used to explore every imaginable subject and theme. The course surveys the aesthetics, history, and storytelling techniques of the mockumentary. Students conceive, plan, and produce a mockumentary as a class.

Modern Business & Industry

GS108 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: None
If you are going to be in business you need to know the basics of business be it loans or revenue. Or perhaps you just want to know how to handle the money you are going to make in your professional life. This course explores the vital aspects of business often with examples of show business companies.

Music Video Production

V318 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: All Core Tier 1 courses
Production workshop for 3-minute music videos, from conception to answer print. Students write their own scripts, prepare schedules and budgets, recruit cast and crew, produce, direct, shoot, and post-produce, including editing, sound effects, music, and dubbing.

Navigating New Media

F315 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: All Core Tier 1 courses
Students learn to employ their production skills outside of feature films and television to create content for the smallest screens, such as the Internet, mobile phones, and other emerging media. In addition to guiding in the particulars of production for these platforms, lectures offer current information on the scope of the business side of emerging media.

Navigating VFX

F134A (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: F101 Principles of Production, F105 Visual Design, F122A Editing Theory & Practice
With VFX becoming an almost automatic component of filmmaking, being able to communicate with the VFX artist and understanding the how and what of VFX are essential. This course is for producers, directors, cinematographers, editors and others who want to navigate the VFX process in order to cull the best results. You will learn VFX terminology, how to obtain cost-efficient VFX, pre-visualization, VFX supervision, miniatures v. 3D CGI, and more.

Nonfiction TV Production

V209 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: F101 Principles of Production, F102 Cinematography 1, F122A Editing Theory & Practice
Nonfiction TV programming is a staple of broadcast networks, first-run syndication, cable and especially digital tier cable. It is not to be confused with reality programming. Students create a nonfiction TV program segment and learn such specifics of the genre as strong interview techniques, clearance issues, and editing a final product that has an engaging structure.

Post Production Process

F221 (4 credit hours) 
Prerequisite: F127 UPM/AD
After a film project completes principle photography, the complex process of post-production begins. Students are exposed to the entire digital post-production workflow, starting with scheduling and ending with delivery elements to distribution companies. This course uses real world solutions from studio and independently produced films as a backdrop. Students will be guided through budgeting, editing, color correction, ADR, VFX, negotiating with vendors, trailers, EPK footage, and problem solving situations that occur during post production. This course is for producers, directors, and editors who seek solid post-production knowledge of Independent and studio-produced projects.

Producing: From Green Light to Completion

F441 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: F141A Production Sound
Other courses teach students how the film business and TV industry work and how to pitch and sell projects. This course offers the hands-on process of producing that begins after the selling is done, and the script is approved. This is a course that trains students to shepherd the project from the moment the green light to pre-production is given, through production and running the set, and into post production. Students will use the EP software program for pre-production then go through the process of both simulated and real productions to learn how to stay on budget and problem-solve in the moment. A course designed to teach students how to run the nuts & bolts of pre-production, production, and post production.

Production Accounting

GN205 (4 credit hours)
The Production Accountant is a key position in filmmaking, maintaining financial controls and reporting of production funds. In this hands-on course, students learn the duties of a production accountant. Lessons cover set up and accounting functions, including budgeting, cost reporting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, petty cash, purchase orders, and per diem. The requirements of guilds and unions, production tax credits, insurance, rebates, and refunds are also covered.

Production for New Media

F317 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: All Core Tier 1 courses
New Media is a wide terrain, and one that could be a large part of a student’s future in entertainment. Students will create and produce dynamic program content that crosses multiple genres and can be launched on many different platforms – from the web to DVDs to streaming media. You will conceive, produce and post concepts such as Behind the Scenes shorts, and shorts for cellular launch, iTunes, downloadable content, and other media. Some emphasis is placed on marketing tools, one of the hottest new media genres.

Properties That Sell: Writing Coverage

F252 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisites: GH101 Writers Workshop 1, GH155 Script Analysis 1, GH253 Hollywood Business Practices & History
Students learn to write coverage for an entry-level industry position. Veteran industry professionals teach students what scripts are sellable or not, how to write coverage on them, and get recognition for it. Additional focus is placed on grammar, appealing to various tastes, and getting the internship.

Script Analysis 2

GH255 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: GH155 Script Analysis 1
The methods of Script Analysis 1 are put to work in a rigorous and practical way. Several scripts are analyzed in a variety of genres. The student examines—separately—the original script and the finished film, comparing her own analysis and dramatic plans with those of the actual filmmaker.

Script Analysis 3

GH355 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: Script Analysis 2, Junior Standing
The methods of Script Analysis 1 are put to work in a rigorous and practical way. Several scripts are analyzed in a variety of genres. The student examines—separately—the original script and the finished film, comparing her own analysis and dramatic plans with those of the actual filmmaker.

Shooting the Multi-Camera Comedy

V350A (4 credit hours) 
Prerequisite: V102 Introduction to TV Production
With cable networks embracing multi-camera sitcoms and sketch comedy shows along with ongoing broadcast network production, understanding and experiencing multi-camera comedy can lead to increasing opportunities in the business. In this course, students will learn the artistry behind shooting the multi-camera comedy or sitcom. Students learn how to plan a production and break down a script, and use existing sitcom scripts to direct multi-camera sequences.

Unit Production Management/Assistant Direction (UPM/AD)

F127 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: All Core Tier 1 courses
Introduction to many of the duties associated with the positions of unit production manager, assistant or associate director, stage manager, or production coordinator. Includes pre-production organization, script breakdown, developing schedules and budgets, contracts, insurance, legal agreements, editing and postproduction organization, and development. Coursework also covers processes and paperwork associated with professional film and television production. Uses industry-standard software programs for both mainstream and independent projects.

VFX Production for the 21st Century

F234 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite:  F127 UPM/AD
This course explores the high-end production environment of Visual Effects. From summer blockbusters to independent art films, VFX have become a vital tool in the production process of 21st Century entertainment. This course opens the door to the modern visual effects production pipeline. Students learn first-hand how to breakdown a script for VFX, budget and schedule that breakdown, and implement all elements into a successful VFX pipeline.

Video Game Design: Part I: Development
Video Game Design: Part II: Execution

M300 (4 credit hours), M301 (4 credit hours) 
Prerequisite: F150 Screenwriting 1, GH155 Script Analysis 1, F122A Editing Theory & Practice
Video Games are a major part of entertainment today. Through this two-quarter class you will develop and execute a video game of your creation and design using the Unity 3D software.