Digital Filmmaking Courses - Course Flow - Kelowna

Quarter 1

In your first quarter, you will gain a basic understanding of computer graphics, file management, format conversion, video production tools, and core graphic applications that you will use throughout the Digital Filmmaking program. You will also be immersed into the world of screenwriting and visual storytelling by examining individual components, aspects and concepts concerned with the visual medium. Specific detail is paid to the relationship between the writer, director, and the audience. Emphasis is placed on understanding the basics of narrative, aesthetics, and the practical application of the techniques behind these theories.

Quarter 2

In your second quarter, you will learn and practice the basic concepts of non-linear editing and composing techniques. In Location Audio, you will learn about the equipment, techniques, protocols and procedures used in on-site recording for film and TV. You will explore the history, processes, technologies, theory, and business of film and TV production from multiple perspectives, including aesthetic and critical socio-cultural perspectives, in yourMedia Studies course. You will gain the insider knowledge of working in the film world to start preparing for your first job in film, and the terminology and hierarchy of the set and production crew.

Quarter 3

In your third quarter, you will start to explore some of the specializations in the film industry, including Broadcast Production, and Documentary. You will learn about the process of film accreditation in Canada, and continue the skills gained in your second quarter to further develop your expertise in audio and other techniques in video and film production.

Quarter 4

In Cinematography, you explore a wide range of topics that allow the lighting cameraperson to control their medium-small crew basics, an overview of the camera department with job descriptions of the director of photography, camera assistants, camera operator, and documentary style and approaches including the doc crew and working with the sound recordist. You will learn best practices behind Casting & Directing Talent, and continue to hone yourDigital Film Editing skills. You’ll learn about Production Design, which is all about creating a film's mood and tone through the selection of locations, set designs and decorations, backgrounds, costumes, makeup, and props. InNarrative Film, you will get a chance to produce a web series, with production planning, pre-production, episodic and series story arcs, casting and directing talent are put to practical use. 

Quarter 5

In your fifth quarter, you will use all the expertise and knowledge that you’ve gathered in the first half of the program, to complete a major digital film project. You will also become more advanced in your understanding ofCinematography, taking on a lighting project requiring you to analyze and recreate a painting by one of the masters of the 18th century. Film viewing and discussions, as well as lecture and workshop style classes will be used in the course. You will get an introduction to the exciting skill set of Visual Effects, which are used in creating motion graphics and special effects in film and television.

Quarter 6

In your 6th quarter of the program, you will delve into exploration of career choices in Career Management and Employability Skills (DF) – both relevant to the film industry in Canada. In Emerging Technologies, you will examine a range of emerging capture and display technologies, from DSLR sensor cameras to 3D Stereoscopic filming and display, and, most importantly, their impact on storytelling. With the popularity of and mass distribution of film on the Internet these days – including both indie and large production films – you will learn about Film Publishing for the Internet, so you can use the Internet to your advantage in your career, from initial creative collaboration through to the promotion and marketing of their films, and the filmmaker.