SAC 400 - Dramatic Narrative II
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
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 a relevant emphasized area: SAC 300, 301, 302, or 304.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course prepares you for a lifetime of sustainable creative work in Movies and TV. It is a substantial step up from SAC 300, with larger teams, and teaches a deeper understanding of crew-based production through making longer and more sophisticated movies and/or teasers. Virtually all Indie and commercial productions use the production method taught in this class. SAC 400 is also the best preparation for SAC 423 and TV Pilots, which take the lessons learned in this course and apply them to significantly larger productions. This course builds upon the lessons learned in previous courses and related areas of study (see Intended Audience) and folds them into larger, collaboratively produced, movies/TV teasers both in-class and out of class. You will work in a larger team in one production department (Producing, Production Design, Directing, Directing Photography, Camera Operation, Sound, Editing). Writers come from SAC’s Screenwriting Sub-Major. Out of class you will make, with your team, one 10-15 minute Movie/TV teaser. In class you will also make shorter scenes collaborating with a Theatre and Drama advanced Acting for the Camera Class. Skills and experience in any one area are valuable, but understanding the collaborative and integrated nature of how an idea makes it to the screen is necessary for success in the realm of TV and Movies. This experience will teach you how movies and TV are actually made—what the decision processes are; what each department contributes; how the vision of the program is determined and implemented; how to manage the logistics of production, production equipment and personnel; how to effectively work with actors; and the completion process of the program for the audience. TV Pilots and SAC 423 take you further—competence and excellence come only with making media, learning from your successes and mistakes, and putting what you have learned to the test in your next, higher level, production.

Course Requirements:

Assessment is based on contribution to the out-of-class production (10-15 minutes) at 70% of the grade, in-class productions, quizzes, pre-production work, work on set and editing: 20%, and peer evaluations 10%.

Intended Audience:

Undergraduates interested in working in, or a sustainable career in, any aspect of Film and/or Television. Preparation for SAC 400 can be SAC 300, Cinematography, Editing, Television Production, Screenwriting, or any related field including Art, Photography, sound recording/engineering or Music, Business, Communications, Acting or stage production and design.

Class Format:

Class meets for two hours twice a week. During this time there are lectures, equipment and software workshops, the in-class shoots and editing time. Additionally there are team meetings with the instructor for 30 minutes per week to prepare for the out of class productions.

SAC 400 - Dramatic Narrative II
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 12:00PM
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