Required Courses for Post-Production Minor (9 Courses)

A theoretical and practical introduction to the human phenomenon of storytelling, what stories are, their central role in culture from ancient times to the present day, and how storytellers seek and communicate meaning. Particular attention will be paid to the significance of story in the Judeo-Christian tradition and story’s role within the Christian faith. Students will generate numerous story ideas, and with the help of their classmates and the instructor will evaluate those ideas in terms of audience appeal, theme and meaning.

This class will focus on the basic fundamentals of post-production, which includes picture and sound editing, media management, media capture and the various editing techniques available to editors to communicate ideas. The class will cover the history of cinematic editing and the impact it has had on visual storytelling, as well as the various styles of editing that make up the language of cinema. Students will learn and use editing software to edit various projects and assignments.

This class will study some of the most important films in American cinema to understand the cultural context in which they were created, the role of the director in the filmmaking process, and the lasting legacy that the various films enjoy.

This class will build on the skills learned in Fundamentals of Post-Production. Students will analyze different editing styles and techniques for impact and effectiveness. They will apply these different approaches in various exercises relating to pacing, rhythm, emotion, montage and style, as well as the interplay of picture and sound. The application of proper media management and workflow will also be incorporated.

Prerequisite: ENTM103


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This course develops the artistic and technical skills needed to enhance a story using visual effects. Students become familiar with Adobe's AfterEffects software and apply fundamental concepts such as masking, keyframing, tracking, and time-remapping to craft visual effects. This class is a pre-requisite for ENTM 417 Compositing.

This course builds upon the skills and techniques learned in Sound in Film: Production, with an emphasis on post-production. The class will review the fundamentals of sound and how they are applied in a media environment to help communicate a message. Students will learn the element of a film or video soundtrack and how to take the elements from production and combine with created sounds and effects to create a complete soundtrack. Students will mix, process and enhance the soundtrack in post- production using a digital audio workstation.

This class will address the impact that the use of color has on a visual screen image. The course will cover color theory, its impact on an audience and the use of color grading in a post-production environment. Students will take various projects from an edited sequence into a color grading program and manipulate its appearance to achieve a desired effect.

This class will expand the on the student’s application of the art of compositing. The class will evaluate the limits of compositing within an editing software application, and then segue into the more advanced platform of Adobe After Effects.

Prerequisites: ENTM103, ENTM212

This course is part of the Feature Film Program. Students fulfill the role of editor to create a rough cut, fine cut, and achieve picture lock on a feature length narrative film project under the guidance of a professional editor and in collaboration with the film's director. Each student is responsible for editing a specific portion of the movie and must collaborate to craft a cohesive style that fulfills the director's vision.

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This course provides students with the opportunity to craft compelling sound design for a narrative feature film. Students complete a comprehensive dialogue edit, record foley, incorporate additional dialogue recording, and support story elements through backgrounds and foreground effects. Students process and enhance audio elements and collaborate to deliver a properly balanced final mix.

Prerequisite: ENTM308

Comprehensive introduction to the various components of 3D animation technology including modeling, animating, rendering, and lighting.

This course is an introduction to Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Students will learn techniques for photo enhancement, image compositing, and logo creation through several projects.

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This course introduces students to the motion graphics industry through a study of various trends, techniques and programs, as well as hands-on design and animation projects that will guide students through industry standard workflows using Photoshop, Illustrator and the fundamentals of After Effects.

Prerequisites: DIGM215

This course is a deep-dive into Adobe After effects. Students will learn various advanced animation techniques used in the motion graphics industry, including character rigging and animation. Students will ultimately learn foundational techniques that will give them the technical ability to work on any professional motion graphics project.

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Students will learn the basics of motion picture production using real-time rendering in Unreal Engine and will leave with a completed project that demonstrates proficiency in both the engine and its application across several stages of production. Additional topics include motion capture and tracking a real world camera.

Prerequisites: DIGM108 or ENTM211

This course continues to build students' proficiency in motion picture production using real-time rendering in Unreal Engine through several group projects. Additional topics include motion capture, facial capture, and virtual camera tracking.

About Minors

A minor gives a student the ability to pursue a competency outside of their degree program without having to fulfill all of the degree requirements of a double-major. Students are also able to use their electives to pursue areas like this one, even if they are not formally pursuing all of the requirements for a minor.For more information on the difference between minors, double majors, and double emphases, please click below.

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