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Film Production Courses

Filmmaking classes provide a solid foundation in the fundamental principles of film production, intensive study of production in particular film genres such as documentary, narrative and experimental films, and the abilities necessary to produce and direct a long form project. You can view a selection of films that students have made in filmmaking courses here.

These courses are taught by accomplished filmmakers Lauren Cook and Margo Greenlaw and adjunct instructors with professional experience in film and television.

Cinema majors that want to pursue film production start with CIN 230 Introduction to Filmmaking. Students can take this class as early as their freshman year after completing CIN 150 Introduction to Film. In CIN 230, working in small groups, students gain a practical and theoretical understanding of the basic principles of the camera and editing for film production. Students make their own short films using high definition cameras.

After completing CIN 230, students can take a variety of filmmaking courses such as CIN 322 Cinematography, CIN 327 Documentary Filmmaking, CIN 331 Animation, and CIN 334 Narrative Filmmaking.  We also offer CIN 330 Topics in Filmmaking, which provides intensive study in specialized areas of the filmmaking process. The topic changes each term and can focus on a particular kind of film, such autobiography or experimental film, or an aspect of film like sound design or lighting. 

Students that complete Introduction to Filmmaking and another filmmaking course are eligible to take CIN 430 Producing and Directing, the most advanced filmmaking course in the program. In this semester-long production workshop students each propose and produce an original narrative short film.

Those interested in screenwriting can take CIN 225 Storytelling for the Screen, the introductory level course, and then CIN 335 Screenwriting II. These courses are intensive writing workshops where students write screenplays for various projects, including short films and scenes in a full-length feature or documentary.

Certain production courses offered in other programs like the School of Communication and the Hartford Art School will also count toward the Cinema major requirements. For instance, Cinema students can take CMM 244 Television Studio Production and CMM 440 Advanced Television Production in the Communication program or PHO 220 Intro to Photography in the Hartford Art School.

Students who complete multiple filmmaking courses may also do projects as independent studies with production facility.

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