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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "DMA 353"
COURSE NAME: "Advanced Post-Production"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2020
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Brian Thomson
EMAIL: brthomson@johncabot.edu
HOURS: M 12:30-3:15 PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: COM 230
OFFICE HOURS:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
In this course students will learn to harness the power of professional-level software in order to edit projects, add visual effects and motion graphics, mix and master audio, execute color grades, and prep projects for distribution to a variety of outlets. As students explore these disciplines they will better grasp best practices for how to collaborate with large teams of professionals charged with delivering films and video that meet the exacting standards of contemporary audiences.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:
Advanced Editing is based around four projects. In the first we will work together as a class in order to learn the basics of the DaVinci Resolve workflow: from setting up a project and ingesting media to exporting a final product. The first assessed project will put your understanding of the basic workflow to the test. The second assessed project will involve creative color grading and compositing effects in Fusion, topics that we will cover during class. The third project will be shorter than the others but much more demanding: producing a short sci-fi sequences that uses greenscreen and a virtual set and that furthermore requires a creative approach to sound design. 
LEARNING OUTCOMES:

By the end of the class students should be able to:

Edit a project using DaVinci Resolve

Color correct footage and apply a creative grade that reinforces the project’s storytelling strategy

Manipulate individual audio clips, mix a multitrack audio sequence, and master a project

Perform basic compositing/graphics tasks in a node-based environment

Prep footage and supporting materials at each stage of the process for delivery to relevant departments/personnel

TEXTBOOK:
NONE
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
Quizzes 10
Individual Project 30
Group Project 01 30
Group Project 02 30

-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
AWork of this quality demonstrates a deep understanding of the medium (e.g., “audio”) and an ability to communicate complex ideas within the parameters of the discipline (e.g., “doc-umentary”) or even in rare cases beyond them. The techniques deployed go well beyond those required for the course, and the execution demonstrates a substantial degree of plan-ning. No technical errors or issues. Work of this quality would not generally be identifiable as “student” work. Students working at this level will generally take a leadership role in group work and actively foster a productive and collaborative working environment. Equipment is returned in a timely fashion and in the same (or better) condition than it was receive
BWork of this quality demonstrates a highly competent mastery of the tools and techniques associated with the medium and/or a unique approach to communicating ideas within the parameters of the discipline. Any technical errors or issues would be minor enough to go unremarked by casual audiences. Students working at this level will often take a leadership role in group work. Equipment is returned in a timely fashion and in the same (or better) condition than it was received.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance that demonstrates competence with the tools and techniques discussed during lectures, and contains a minimal number of technical errors or issues. Content falls within the parameters of the discipline. Students working at this level will often play a supporting role in group work. Equipment is generally returned in a timely fashion in the same condition than it was received.
DWork of this quality demonstrates a lack of competence with the tools and techniques dis-cussed during lectures, contains substantial technical errors and issues, and suggests only a superficial engagement with the discipline. Students working at this level may hamper the maintenance of a productive working environment during group exercises. Equipment is often returned late and/or in poor condition
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of either the medium or the disci-pline in question. Students working at this level make maintaining a productive working en-vironment difficult and may actively inhibit effective collaboration. Equipment is generally returned late and/or in poor condition

-ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
In this course students will learn to harness the power of professional-level software in order to edit projects, add visual effects and motion graphics, mix and master audio, execute color grades, and prep projects for distribution to a variety of outlets. As students explore these disciplines they will better grasp best practices for how to collaborate with large teams of professionals charged with delivering films and video that meet the exacting standards of contemporary audiences.
ACADEMIC HONESTY
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
STUDENTS WITH LEARNING OR OTHER DISABILITIES
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.

SCHEDULE

Weeks 1-6

Technical foundations of modern postproduction

Media management and the Resolve workflow

Editing techniques

Layers vs Nodes

Color correction in Resolve

Fusion for basic motion graphics

Mixing tracks in Fairlight

Shared storage and collaborative workflows

In-class project (unassessed)

Project #1

Quiz #1

 

Weeks 7-10

Color Grading in Resolve

Compositing Effects in Fusion

Project #2

Quiz #2

 

Weeks 11-14

Workshop: Planning and executing a complex scene involving greenscreen, virtual set6s, 3D composites, HDRI lighting, and extensive sound design

Project #3 due on final exam day