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Our Filmmaking programs and certificates provide training in video, audio, editing techniques and visual effects. Combine this certificate with Apple Certification in Final Cut Pro or Logic Pro.

Videography and Filmmaking - Upcoming Classes

Class Name

Learn to create professional footage using your own video camera by developing your technical and creative skills as a digital cinematographer. The course covers video formats, different types of cameras and what to use them for, camera controls/features and operation, and framing and composition. We cover camera movement and its results, and types of shot sizes and their role for the edit ‐ shooting for editing, in short. An intro to sound recording and lighting are also part of the course. Note: Bring your film/video camera or digital stills camera with video mode, and the manual.

Section FAA‐PD

55911
$325
09/25/2019 - 10/07/2019
Mon, Wed 2:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM
Reinhard Lorenz
CE South Building

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The course is an introduction to the art of Documentary filmmaking. Documentary can be defined as a creative way of dealing with reality. The class introduces Documentary genres and styles, while also offering hands on experience. We explore what makes a good Documentary idea, and how to take that idea from concept to treatment to film project. We look at three‐act story structure, practice cinéma vérité style, and shoot different interview situations. Good coverage is essential for the edit process, so we explore the filmmakers' approach to the protagonist, and what situational awareness is needed to come away with good documentary material. Students complete this course with the fundamentals to direct and produce their own Documentary. Note: Please bring a video camera (any type) or digital stills camera with video mode.

Section FAA‐PD

55921
$325
10/09/2019 - 10/23/2019
Mon, Wed 6:00 PM ‐ 8:00 PM and Sat 9:00 AM ‐ 4:00 PM
Reinhard Lorenz
CE South Building

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Expand your cinematography skills by applying advanced techniques, like the Pros on a film set. The emphasis is on understanding the creative use of the equipment, and hands‐on training. The course will also provide an overview of the latest digital cameras from a simple Canon DLSR to RED or ARRI cameras. We cover how different shot types are used to compose a scene, basic and advanced lighting setups, and advanced audio recording setups and the selective use of microphones. You develop a deeper understanding of what shooting for editing truly means. We look at the work of master cinematographers and how it can relate to your own practice. The course ends with a look at color grading as the last step of the shooting process. Note: Bring your film/video camera or DSLR, and the manual.

Section FAA‐PD

55912
$325
11/25/2019 - 12/04/2019
Mon, Wed 2:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM and Wed 2:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM
Reinhard Lorenz
CE South Building

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This class is a hands‐on experience using the tools and practices of modern cinema. The class will be taught at uPublic.tv in Albuquerque. Students will learn how to rig and move a cinema camera, creatively control light, get good audio on location and deal with the digital workflow used by most modern cinema cameras. Learn techniques to get that "film look" with budgets from high to zero. You will also learn on‐set terminology and practices essential to successful production. You will leave the class with skills immediately usable for a variety of projects. The instructor is Chris Paul, a working professional with 33 years of experience.

Section FAA‐PD

55930
$295
12/02/2019 - 12/04/2019
Mon, Tue, Wed 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Chris Paul
uPUBLIC Studios

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Producing 101 is an introduction to the work of a film producer. It starts with a question that is often asked: So, what does a producer actually do? Film producers do many different things from hiring crew to forging contracts to securing equipment for a shoot. We cover Budgeting, Scheduling and Negotiating, learn about contracts, and look at the role of the producer as a hiring manager. Producers also have an important role in bringing a script from the page to the screen, we cover breaking down a script and translating it into a schedule and a budget. The course provides real world tools to get you started in film production.

Section FAA‐PD

55630
$325
12/03/2019 - 12/12/2019
Tue, Thu 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Reinhard Lorenz
CE South Building

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Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance may be available if you are unemployed, a veteran or veteran’s spouse, or a person with a disability. Other options include education loans. For more funding options, and contact information, please visit our Loans and Financial Aid page.


UNM Tuition Remission

UNM Staff, Faculty & Retirees: You may use your Professional Development Tuition Remission for Filmmaking classes.

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