SAC 404 - Topics in Media Production II
Section: 001 TV Pilot
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC)
Department: LSA Film, Television, and Media
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Lab Fee:
Advisory Prerequisites:
A 300- (or 400-) level production course in the relevant emphasized area: SAC 300, 301, 302, or 306; and permission of instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

SAC 404 TV Pilots is a hands-on production/writing/ course in which students write and produce a full length TV Pilot. The course is highly collaborative in nature, bringing together television writers, actors from Theatre and Drama and Musical Theatre, and production students from WOLV, SAC, PAT, Stamps, and other schools and colleges across the University to produce a pilot conceived in SAC’s 411 TV writing II course. Students are admitted from any U of M unit based on appropriate skills; by permission of instructor. This course prepares you for a lifetime of sustainable creative work in TV and Movies. TV and Movies are made by crews working collaboratively across Writing, the seven production departments (Producing, Art Dept: “Production Design”, Directing, Directing Photography, Lighting, Camera Operation & Sound) plus Editing.

The goal of the course is to provide the screenwriters, the actors, and the production crew with the most integrated production environment possible. The writers re-write based on feedback from the actors, production crew and table readings of the scripts. The production crew works closely with the writer and actors to produce the full length Pilot. Students pitch for positions on the productions in late March or early April. The course starts by workshopping advanced drafts of the telescript and the writers perfect them over the first few weeks. During this process the production team and actors develop an in-depth production design based on an intimate knowledge of the script. Working with the actors the script will be rehearsed, and the production design, directorial, cinematographic and acting approaches will be revised and developed as necessary to convey the full meaning of the script to the screen. As the scenes are shot the editors present rough cuts and the short is finished in time for a showing at Lightworks in December.

SAC 404 TV Pilots can be repeated for credit towards general LSA credit; it cannot count within the SAC major twice as an elective. Students CAN take other SAC 404 courses for elective credit in addition to 404 TV Pilots. Check with the SAC advisor. A student may request to repeat TV Pilots, at the discretion of the instructor.

Course Requirements:

Assessment is based on participation (20%), peer evaluations (10%) and the final Pilot (70%). Screenwriters are graded on their contribution to the script (70%) and their participation in the production. (30%)

Intended Audience:

Undergraduates interested in working in, or a sustainable career in, any aspect of Television and/or Film. Preparation for SAC 404 TV Pilots can be SAC 400, 300, Cinematography, Editing, Television Production, Screenwriting, or any related field including Art, Photography, Music, Business, Communications, Acting or stage production and design. Writers and the Pilot teleplay come from SAC 411 and, possibly, 311.

Class Format:

Class meets for three hours once a week. During this time there are table reads, discussion, lectures, equipment workshops, production meetings, rehearsals, preparation for shooting, and editing. Additionally, writers and production/post departments will meet with the instructor for 30 minutes per week.

SAC 404 - Topics in Media Production II
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
F 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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