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From Raw Footage to Finished Film

Semester and Year SP 2017
Course Number ELEC-GG2644
Section 001
Instructor Cheryl Furjanic
Days M
Time 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Units 4
Level G


Open to advanced undergraduates with permission of the instructor (


This course is open to all filmmakers (fiction or non-fiction, experimental or otherwise) at all levels (beginner or advanced), but the expectation is that students will have shot a significant amount of footage prior to the course's start date and will complete a short film by the end of the course. In a collaborative workshop environment, students will work through aspects of the post-production process from screening raw footage and preparing footage for the edit, through editing and cinematic-problem-solving, to completing a short film. In addition to addressing practical concerns (editing, style, story structure, etc.), we will discuss related issues such as the importance of knowing how to situate your film within certain historical and representational paradigms. Who is the audience for your film? Where is the best “home” for your completed film? Projects may be extensions of research projects, fiction films, non-fiction films, animation, etc. Students will be required to read extensively about film history and technique, complete weekly editing/production assignments, and attend screenings outside of class hours. Over the course of the semester, every film will be given a lot of individualized attention so students are expected to engage with the variety of projects being undertaken by their peers and to participate actively in class workshops and discussions. Classes will sometimes include guest lectures by filmmakers. Students may edit on whichever platform is most comfortable and/or accessible.


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Course Type

Graduate Electives (ELEC-GG)