Film, Video, and Photography

Session I & II: COMM-070-035

June 19 - July 13
Week 1 & 2, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (12 - 1 p.m. lunch)
Week 3 & 4, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (12 - 1 p.m. lunch)

Fee: $3,200

This intensive four-week course is designed to take students from script to screen and everything in-between. Using the standard three-act Hollywood movie structure, students learn how to transform their ideas and stories into short-form fiction screenplays and then professionally produce, shoot and edit their films with state of the art film and digital production equipment used by today's best filmmakers. If you want to be a total filmmaker, this course is for you. (This course involves both Screenwriting and 16mm Film)

Session I: COMM-070-033

June 19 - June 29
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (12 - 1 p.m. lunch)

Fee: $1,600

In this class, students learn to write short-form narrative film screenplays using the standard three-act Hollywood movie structure. Students transform simple story ideas into eye grabbing log-lines, thirty-second elevator pitches and professionally structured screenplays with snappy dialog, distinct character profiles and strong visual scenes. Students also learn how to script-out their story beats, create well-defined obstacles for their characters and use conflict and emotional shifts to advance their stories. At the completion of this course, students pitch their screenplays for the opportunity to produce and direct their projects in the 16mm Narrative Production class.

COMM-070-034

June 25 - July 13
June 25 - 29, 1 - 4 p.m. 
July 2 - 13, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Fee: $2,200, includes film expenses 

Designed for aspiring filmmakers, this class teaches students the fundamental principles of dramatic 16mm film production and digital post-production. Students learn how to professionally prepare, shoot and edit short-form narrative films applying the techniques and tools used by today's best filmmakers. Whether you aspire to be a producer, director, cinematographer, sound mixer or editor, this course will get you off to a great start! Most of all, this class is designed to help students become better cinematic storytellers, take creative risks and develop an aesthetic appreciation for the craft and art of film production.

Session I: COMM-070-019

June 19 - 29, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Session II: COMM-070-020

July 3 - 13, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Fee: $800

Write an original short script. Produce a video, including shooting, sound recording, and nonlinear editing on Final Cut Pro or Premiere. Collaboration with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival to produce short films. No prior experience required; students grouped by ability. Equipment provided.

Session I: COMM-070-003

June 19 - 29, 1 - 4 p.m. 

Fee: $800 

This interactive hands-on class focuses on the core skills for making great documentaries: how to determine a good story that needs to be told visually, how to film compelling interviews, how to capture dynamic real-life on location scenes, and how to shoot effective b-roll footage while making the most of a limited budget and time. Students will research, write produce and edit a final mini-doc and post it to the web.

Session I: COMM-070-017

June 19 - 29, 1 - 4 p.m.

Session II: COMM-070-018

July 3 - 13, 1 - 4 p.m.

Fee: $800

Capture peak action whether it's on the field, court, water or in a motion portrait session. Utilize your camera's features and learn advanced skills to create dynamic and attention-grabbing photos. Whether you have a DSLR or a camera-phone, master techniques to improve your sports photography for publication, social media and portfolio.

Session I: COMM-070-021

June 19 - 29, 1 - 4 p.m. 

Fee: $800 

Special effects are necessary to boost the “wow” factor in any science fiction or action film. Through the powerful 2D and 3D tool Adobe After Effects, learn digital tricks and methods for creating simulations like fire, explosions and rain, and masking for flying, teleportation, and sky replacement.

Session I: COMM-070-022

June 19 - 29, 1 - 4 p.m. 

Fee: $800

Develop skills actors need to work in Television and Film. Learn how to interpret a script, build a character, and hit your mark for a scene that is blocked for the camera shots. Explore physical and vocal aspects of character development. Learn how to adapt acting from stage to the camera. Actors are assigned a scene to memorize and prepare for filming. The scenes are double cast so the actors get to see other actors making different choices with their roles. Class meets with Directing for the Camera. 

Session II: COMM-070-024

July 3 - 13, 1 - 4 p.m. 

Fee: $800 

Learn the core concepts of animation production in this experiential course. Each student will have a computer and drawing tablet to practice computer-based and hands-on-techniques. Learn the fundamentals of drawing motions, character design, timing and syncing in animation, and cleanup. Go to our student work page to view examples.

Session I: COMM-070-013

July 3 - 13, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Fee: $800 

An introduction to 35mm black-and-white photography and basic darkroom techniques, this hands-on course covers both aesthetic and technical issues. Film and materials provided. Bring your own 35mm camera; we will provide one if requested in advance.

Session II: COMM-070-014

July 3 - 13, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Fee: $800 

If you have basic knowledge of 35mm photography or have completed 35mm Photography I, this course offers advanced training in lighting, composition, and black-and-white darkroom techniques. Film and darkroom materials provided. Bring your own 35mm camera; we will provide one if requested in advance.

Session I: COMM-070-005

June 19 - 29, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Fee: $800 

In conjunction with Nature’s Best Photography magazine and Nature’s Best Photography Students Online, explore techniques for photographing animal, plant, and environmental subjects. Attend discussions with editors and photographers from NBP and NBP Students Online. Go on field trips to museums and nature preserves. Assemble a portfolio and take advantage of the opportunity to publish your images.

Session I: COMM-070-023

June 19 - 29, 1 - 4 p.m. 

Fee: $800 

How do you get the best from an actor on camera? When do you use the close-up? How should you block the scene for the greatest impact? In this active directing course refine your basic visual vocabulary and learn how to break down a script, communicate your ideas to those in front and behind the camera. You will have actors to work with and scenes that you are directing will also be produced by another director allowing you to see other directors making different decisions on how to film the scene and direct actors. Class meets with Acting for the Camera. 

Session II: COMM-070-001

July 3 - 13, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Fee: $800 

This course introduces you to the powerful potential of Adobe Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC and InDesign CC, where you will learn the tools for manipulating digital images for book covers or movie posters and for creating vector graphics for powerful branding packages and logos. Learn the basics of color and graphic design theory that will communicate your message through both streamlined graphic art and complex digital photo manipulation.

Writing, Journalism, and Broadcasting

Session II: COMM-070-004

July 3 - 13, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Fee: $800

Learn to write vibrant, concise stories in this fast paced course. Explore the genre of flash fiction, and tap into your creativity through free-writing exercises. Polish your work through effective word choice, self-editing, and strengthening the emotional core of your story. Meet and interview published Flash Fiction Writers. Finished pieces critiqued in class.

Session I: COMM-070-015

June 19 - 29, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Session II: COMM-070-016

July 3 - 13, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Fee: $800

See what it takes to write a news story for print, broadcast, and the web. Get practical instruction in effective writing techniques for your school newspaper, neighborhood newsletter, or website. Learn how to distinguish between news and promotional writing. Hear professional journalists talk about their careers and visit a local newsroom.

Session II: COMM-070-025

July 3 - 13, 1 - 4 p.m.

Fee: $800

Learn about the emerging news landscape, the history of investigating people in power and powerful organizations, the 10 types of interview, and how to research an interview subject. The Washington Post and New York Times guest speakers will explain how they developed major investigative stories. Journalists will show you the latest in data and investigative journalism. In addition, discover comics journalism, sensor journalism and drone journalism.

Session I: COMM-070-026

June 19 - 29, 1 - 4 p.m.

Fee: $800

Explore the world of weather forecasting and the principles of meteorology. Learn about solar radiation, global circulation, precipitation processes, and weather systems. Analyze real-time data and broadcast a live weather forecast from AU's television studio and the Newseum. Interview meteorologists and weather broadcasters at a local television station and watch them in action during a live broadcast.

Session I: COMM-070-002

June 19 - 29, 1 - 4 p.m.

Session II: COMM-070-012

July 3 - 13, 1 - 4 p.m.

Fee: $800

This course introduces you to the field of broadcast journalism and related legal, ethical, and technological issues. Develop interviewing, reporting, and writing skills. Produce a brief radio documentary or a television field report for your portfolio.

Session I: COMM-070-027

June 19 - 29, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Session II: COMM-070-028

July 3 - 13, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Fee: $800

Discover secrets of play-by-play commentary. Enhance your skills as a sportswriter. Students produce stand-ups at a Major League Baseball game, have press box seats to blog for a WNBA game and visit Comcast Sports NET and ESPN 980.

Communication

Session I: COMM-070-010

June 19 - 29, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Fee: $800

Students are introduced to childhood psychology and the relationship between children and media (books, TV, online). Study examples of preeminent children's media, hear from the experts and go on location to explore what "connects" with children. Write, create and complete an animated story, a digital or print book with illustrations or another children's media project of one's choosing.

Session I: COMM-070-008

June 19 - 29, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Fee: $800

Television, film, theatre, music, sports, fashion, gaming... It's all entertainment today. Learn from experts in the field and understand the importance of messaging and why it's so important. Hear from experts in the field who have managed musical talent; have a backstage pass to New York's Fashion Week; arranged red carpet events and produced independent films. Previous class on location experiences have included a private tour of the Kennedy Center, the Motion Picture Association of America, and the Smithsonian. Final project is creating a movie trailer for students' short films.

Session I: COMM-070-006

June 19 - 29, 1 - 4 p.m.

Session II: COMM-070-011

July 3 - 13, 1 - 4 p.m.

Fee: $800

We are in a 24/7 world. And with that comes the art of communication. Whether you are a company, a media outlet, a foreign government, or a non-governmental agency (NGO), learning how to communicate and articulate your message is crucial. This class will help you understand the importance of recognizing other's differences and how to communicate effectively. Students will have the opportunity to visit several embassies, and hear from experts from various global nonprofits including Amnesty International, the UN Foundation, and United Way, to name a few. In the past, the class has visited the Embassies of Italy, Japan, and Britain. Students in this class have developed campaigns as well as small videos about the work international organizations have done.

Session II: COMM-070-009

July 3 - 13, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Fee: $800

What is Public Relations and why does everyone need it? Understand all aspects of the field and why having a "message" is vital. Hear from great publicists and communication experts from corporations, nonprofits, crisis firms and the political field. Past speakers have included reps from Mars Incorporated, the PR firm-Porter Novelli, Discovery Levick Communications, Neiman Marcus, USA Today, Discovery, and National Geography. Fina project involves working with a team and creating a video on an issue that is important to teens.

Session II: COMM-070-031

July 3 - 13, 1 - 4 p.m.

Fee: $800

Is there such thing as the best movie ever made? The worst? And what can we learn from the work of others. Learn to be discerning critics and to see valuable lessons in the good, the bad, and the ugly of cinema. Students in this class will become the film critic of a film of their own choosing and produce a review for radio or television.

Session II: COMM-070-032

July 3 - 13, 1 - 4 p.m.

Fee: $800

Learn how to interview and be interviewed. Meet with professionals at National Public Radio and learn techniques for getting subjects to talk. Learn successful strategies for crisis communication, celebrity interviews and telling your own newsworthy story. Students will have numerous opportunities to put theory into practice.

Session I: COMM-070-029

June 19 - 29, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Session II: COMM-070-030

July 3 - 13, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Fee: $800

Develop confidence and skills for effective presentations. Learn strategies of audience analysis and how to overcome stage fright, manage visual aids, and understand the power of nonverbal messages. Students will giver several speeches during this course.