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Motion Pictures Course Descriptions


MOT 1000      Cinematic Storytelling   (3 credit hours)

Introduce basic grammar of Filmmaking - both visual and aural.  Short, simple projects will explore how camera, sound, and editing convey story and emotion. 

[Foundation class, must be taken before anything else.]

 

MOT 2000      Film History I - Lumiere To Cassavetes   (3 credit hours)

Through screenings, readings, lecture and class discussion, students will get an in-depth introduction to the history of feature films & documentaries, including international cinema.  Non-Majors could take either Film History I or II to satisfy a Gen Ed requirement.

[Foundation class, must be taken before anything else.]

 

MOT 2000      Film History II - Cassavetes To Now   (3 credit hours)

Through screenings, readings, lecture and class discussion, students will get an in-depth introduction to the history of feature films & documentaries, including international cinema.  Course will also include history of production and distribution of Small Screen Media.  Non-Majors could take either Film History I or II to satisfy a Gen Ed requirement.

[Foundation class, must be taken before anything else.]

 

MOT 2000      Short Film Analysis & Writing    (3 credit hours)

Study construction of short films.  Emphasis on character and story structure.  Students write and rewrite a short script, which can go into an online "library" for use by other Belmont filmmakers in future semesters.

 

MOT 2000      Motion Picture Directing I   (3 credit hours)

Script breakdown, preparation, casting, rehearsing, staging, directing actors, moving camera, shot list, post-production.  Everything to get from script to DVD on schedule.

 

MOT 2000      Production I - Storytelling    (3 credit hours)

Students will plan, shoot, and edit multiple short filmmaking projects, both narrative and documentary.  Narrative scripts can be drawn from the Short Film Analysis & Writing "Library."  Original score via the Nashville Composers Association.

[Prerequisites:  Short Film Analysis & Writing; Motion Picture Directing I]

 

MOT 2000      Production I - The Crafts    (4 credit hours)

To be taken same semester as Production I - Storytelling.  Students will become fluent in camera, lighting, location sound, editing.  Required:  first two weekends of semester.  

[Prerequisites:  Short Film Analysis & Writing; Motion Picture Directing I]

 

ETP 3000        Foundations In Entrepreneurship    (3 credit hours)

This course will provide a basic understanding of the entrepreneurial process. Students will examine entrepreneurship as a career. A comprehensive self-assessment will help the students to better understand their own personal aspirations, and assess their unique skills and competencies. Students will learn about opportunity assessment for new venture ideas. An overview of business plans will be presented.  

 

MOT 4015      Senior Capstone Seminar    (3  credit hours) 

Based on intensive pre-Capstone-semester conferences with the student's academic advisor with reflection and discussion with fellow Capstone students and faculty.

Making a narrative short or short documentary or writing a screenplay (or something else) that combines everything the student has learned up to now, will be reflective of her general educational experience, how it relates to what she has done and what she will do for the rest of her life.

 

 

Motion Pictures Electives                                                               

MOT 1895      The Media Makers      (3 credit hours)

Each week, a different guest will discuss the responsibilities of and fundamental thinking typical of their craft.  There will be a screening, or a hands on demonstration, or a lecture, followed by intensive conversation with the guest.  Students will have opportunities to learn from experts in a wide variety of fields. 

 

MOT 2000      Feature Screenplay Analysis     (3 credit hours)

Before writing a script, students must understand how screenplays are constructed.  Rigorous analysis of screenplay structure and storytelling techniques.  Breakdown films by acts, sequences, and scenes.  Scene  and character analysis.  Readings, screenings, class discussion and lecture.

 

MOT 3000      Feature Screenwriting I       (3 credit hours)

Based on readings, screenings, lecture, class discussion, and guest speakers, students will write 40 pages of an original feature screenplay and the outline for pages 41-115.  Emphasis on character, story structure and development, clarity of writing, and professionalism.  Weekly story notes will also be given to each student by professional script readers.

[Prerequisite: Feature Screenplay Analysis]

 

MOT 3000      Feature Screenwriting II    (3 credit hours)

Students will write a feature screenplay.  After turning in their complete first draft and receiving notes from the instructor, they will rewrite it, handing in a polished second draft at semester’s end.

[Prerequisite: Feature Screenwriting I]

 

MOT 3000      Camera: Lighting & Choreography    (3 credit hours)

Based on readings, class discussion, and practical exercises, students will gain an in-depth knowledge of camera operation and using lighting, camera movement and staging of actors to convey emotion and tell a visual story.  

 

MOT 3000      Editing    (3 credit hours)

History of editing and hands-on editing.  Through lecture and practical exercises, an exploration of the language, logic, and aesthetics of editing and how they are used to convey story and emotion.

 

MOT 3000      Production II -- Narrative & Documentary   (3 credit hours)

Working in teams, students will produce, cast, edit and finish to DVD a short narrative or documentary.  Narrative scripts can be drawn from the Short Film Analysis & Writing "Library."  Original score via the Nashville Composers Association.

[Prerequisites:  Production I - Storytelling /Production I - The Crafts]

 

MOT 4000      Writing For Television    (3 credit hours)

Introduces students to writing for episodic television.  Students learn the various television formats and the process of writing in teams.  Students collaborate on the creation and development of their story ideas, and then individually plan, write, and revise a spec script for an existing television series. 

[Prerequisite:  Feature Screenplay Analysis]



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