Harvard Extension School
Exploring Digital Media
A practical, introductory course that gives a fast-paced overview of a broad range of topics related to contemporary digital media. The course aims to equip students with an understanding of the basics of exposure and composition which are vital for the closely related fields of digital photography and digital cinematography. Topics also include fundamental lighting techniques, video technology, video production processes with practical exercises in each stage of the workflow, audio production, video compression, and distribution. Beyond traditional digital media, the course also addresses the fundamentals of computer-based digital media design through software (via basic web development).
Lighting Design for Video and Post-Production
This course is an in-depth look into lighting for film and video with an emphasis on the technical and aesthetic choices available to achieve a particular desired look during production and in post-production. Through hands-on assignments and lectures, we will demystify the relationship between how the camera records light and how we can manipulate light using its 5 properties to enhance our aesthetic intent. Not only will this course reinforce good practices in pre-production and production, it will also strengthen your ability to use a technical and aesthetic vocabulary to communicate your practical, conceptual, and creative ideas to your peers, instructors, crew members, and clients alike.
Production II is a hands-on course intended to teach the skills and techniques that are essential to developing, producing and shooting narrative short films using the Canon C-100. Students will gain a theoretical and practical understanding of the key elements of filmmaking. This includes story structure, directing actors, editing, cinematography, producing, and working with sync sound via the double system. The final project will be a well-crafted, festival-ready short film. The goal of the course is to learn how to work collectively in the service of a narrative.
This course introduces the basic elements and craft of cinematography and videography. Through in-class workshops and outside assignments students will gain a working knowledge of 16mm and digital cinema cameras. Strong emphasis will be placed on the choices at the disposal of the cinematographer and how they contribute to active storytelling. Through close collaboration we will investigate the different roles and responsibilities of crew positions on set. It is expected that students enter the course with some experience with film production. However this course is designed for a wide range of experience from those less comfortable to those more comfortable.