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					               Pittsburgh          s c h o o l
               Filmmakers          film   •   photography   •   digital media




           w i n t e r /s p r i n g c l a s s e s
                 ja n u a ry 17 - a p r i l 30, 2012




412.681.5449                  pghfilmmakers . org
                    cover photo: Richard Kelly, faculty
                  photo above: Shelley Lipton, student
all uncredited photos are by Pittsburgh Filmmakers staff
                                                                  Table of Contents
                                                           4-5    About Us
                                                             6    Short Courses
                                                             6    Library Workshops
                                                          7-16    Regular Course Offerings
                                                                  Acting for the Camera..................................................10
                                                                  Acting for the Camera: Advanced Techniques...........11
                                                                  Advanced Digital Editing Techniques........................8
                                                                  Advanced Digital Photography.....................................14
                                                                  Advanced Photography Seminar..................................15
               OPEN HOUSE                                         Advanced Sound: Recording and Post-Production...10
        Monday, December 5 and                                    The Art & Business of Voice-Over Narration...............11
         Wednesday, March 21                                      Basic Digital Photography.....................................14
On Mon., Dec. 5 and Wed., March 21, Pittsburgh Film-              Black and White Photography I....................................13
makers will host Open House events from 5:30 - 7:30 pm.           Black and White Photography II...................................14
During these evenings the public and all prospec-                 Black and White Photography III..................................14
tive students receive guided tours of Pittsburgh                  Documentary Production............................................10
Filmmakers’ educational facilities and exhibition                 Electronic Cinematography......................................9
spaces. Everyone has the opportunity to meet
                                                                  Film Genre: Television Horrors...................................12
the instructors and the education staff and to see
                                                                  Film Production I.............................................................7
many of our classes in session. For more informa-
tion or to R.S.V.P. call Catherine Gimbrone at                    Film Production II...........................................................7
412-681-5449 x 201.                                               Film Thesis I...................................................................12
                                                                  Film Thesis II.................................................................12
                                                                  Independent Study......................................................16
                                                                  Intermediate Digital Photography.................................14
    Highlights: Winter/Spring 2012                                Intermediate Web Design.................................................9
                                                                  International Film History.............................................11
Film, Photography and                                             Internships.....................................................................16
Digital Video Curriculum                                          Introduction to Digital Editing.........................................8
Several new classes have been added or have                       Introduction to Photography: Darkroom and Digital....13
returned this term including Advanced Pho-                        Introduction to Screenwriting........................................11
tography Seminar, The Art and Business                            Introduction to Web Design...........................................9
of Voice-Over Narration, Film Genre:                              Lighting for Film and Video.........................................10
Television Horrors, Sequence & Series:                            Motion Picture Fundamentals................................................7
The Photographic Book and Write-Act-                              Photoshop Foundations................................................15
Produce-Direct.                                                   Sequence & Series: The Photographic Book................15
Course descriptions begin on page 7.                              Studio Lighting...............................................................15
                                                                  Technical Directing.........................................................9
                                                                  Video Production I...........................................................8
                                                                  Video Production II..........................................................8
  Filmmakers at the center                                        Video Thesis I.................................................................12
  classes for Youth
                                                                  Video Thesis II................................................................12
                                                                  Write-Act-Produce-Direct..........................................11
  Filmmakers at the Center offers workshops in
  filmmaking, video and photography for children                  Writing and Producing the Short Script.......................11
  and teens. Enrollment is limited, ensuring a small
                                                          16-17   Student Opportunities
  student to teacher and equipment ratio. Classes
  are held at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in         18    Certificate Program
  the Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab, a state-of-the-         19    Curriculum
  art facility dedicated to the promotion of artistic     20-21   Faculty
  excellence in media production and analysis.
                                                            22    Registration Form
  For questions on the Filmmakers at the Center
  program contact Susan Howard at 412-361-0455
  ext. 326 or visit pittsburgharts.org.

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Pittsburgh Filmmakers                                                          since 1971
                                                   About Us
                                                   Pittsburgh Filmmakers is a non-profit, tax
                                                   exempt organization founded in 1971 as an
                                                   equipment access center for independent media
                                                   artists. Now one of the nation’s leading media
                                                   arts centers, Pittsburgh Filmmakers offers one
                                                   of the most comprehensive artistic training
                                                   programs in the media and photographic arts in
                                                   the United States. Students have the opportunity
                                                   to share in a broad range of experiences through
                                                   seminars, workshops, internship programs,
                                                   screenings and exhibitions. Classes may be taken
                                                   for credit under the auspices of local colleges
                                                   and universities or directly through Pittsburgh
                                                   Filmmakers on a “credit transcript” basis (see
                                                   “Receiving Credit”). In addition, classes may be
                                                   taken for Act 48 continuing education hours.
                                                   All classes are also open to the public on a non-
                                                   credit basis. Prospective students should have a
                                                   high school diploma or GED; high school seniors
                                                   may petition for admittance. In 2006 Pittsburgh
                                                   Filmmakers (PF) merged with the Pittsburgh
                                                   Center for the Arts (PCA, founded 1945).
                                                   PF/PCA is committed to the artist and the
                                                   advancement of artistic excellence.

                                                   Location
                                                   Classes, workshops and seminars are taught
                                                   at 477 Melwood Avenue in Oakland near the
                                                   corner of Baum Boulevard and North Craig St.
                                                   Parking is available across the street.

                                                   Registration
                                                   Independent registration (see “Receiving Credit”
                                                   for non-independent students) for classes and
                                                   workshops may be completed by paying tuition
                                                   and fees online at pghfilmmakers.org, or in person
                                                   at Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ administrative offices
                                                   (477 Melwood Avenue in Oakland) or by mailing
                                                   payment to: Registrar, Pittsburgh Filmmakers,
                                                   477 Melwood Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
                                                   (Registration form is on page 22.) Roster space
                                                   is reserved only for students who have paid their
                                                   tuition and fees in full. Payment must be made in
                                                   full at the time of registration. Early registrants
                                                   receive significant discounts (see “Tuition/Course
                                                   Fees”). Students who register for advanced classes
                                                   must have received a grade of “C” or better in
                                map: Matt Kambic   prerequisite courses. All Pittsburgh Filmmakers
                                                   students will be assigned a grade from their instruc-
                                                   tors at the end of the course.




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                                                                                                 About Us
Receiving Credit                                            Winter/Spring 2012 Dates
Classes may be taken for credit by registering                classes begin: tuesday, January 17
directly with any of the following schools: Carnegie          no classes:
Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh,                    spring break - Monday, March 5-Friday,   March 9
Duquesne University, Robert Morris University,                classes end: Monday, april 30
Carlow University, Seton Hill University, Point Park
University and La Roche College (which offers a             Student Access
four-year Bachelor of Arts degree in Film, Video           Students of Pittsburgh Filmmakers receive access to
and Media). Students who want to receive credit            a complete inventory of production and post-pro-
from other institutions, outside the Pittsburgh area,      duction equipment for HD video, super-8 and 16mm
may register directly with Pittsburgh Filmmakers           film, still photography, and digital media including a film
on a “credit transcript” basis. Most colleges and          sound stage, animation stands, Final Cut Pro digital
universities recognize courses taken at Pittsburgh         editing suites, three community darkrooms, individual
Filmmakers and will award credit based on our              color and black and white labs, a non-silver printing
transcript. We recommend that you contact the              lab and digital imaging labs. These facilities are available
school from which you want to receive credit prior         seven days a week for the duration of their courses.
to registering on a credit transcript basis. For more      For more information, contact our Equipment Office.
information on how to receive credit please call the       Students also receive discounts from Apple computer,
registrar 412-681-5449 x 202.                              significant film laboratory discounts and discounts on
                                                           seminars, workshops and screenings at the Melwood
Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ School of Film, Photography
                                                           Screening Room, Filmmakers at the Harris Theater
and Digital Media is an accredited institutional
                                                           and the Regent Square Theater. Students must pres-
member of the National Association of Schools of
                                                           ent positive I.D. at the box office. In some cases,
Art and Design (NASAD).
                                                           students are eligible for student production grants
Tuition/Course Fees                                        and motion picture film stock awards offered by
“Non-credit” tuition for each full-length course is Pittsburgh Filmmakers.
$375.00. Non-credit tuition is discounted to $335.00
for all registrants who pay tuition and course fees in Disclaimer
full by Tuesday, January 10. Certificate program Pittsburgh Filmmakers reserves the right to cancel
students pay a flat tuition rate of $375; no additional classes or sections in cases in which inadequate
fees or discounts apply. Classes can be taken on a enrollment makes offering the classes or sections
credit transcript basis directly through Pittsburgh impractical. Faculty assignments are also subject to
Filmmakers at a tuition rate of $1025 for each change. Pittsburgh Filmmakers does not discriminate
42 classroom hour course (the equivalent of three in its programs, activities or policies against students
credits). There is no early registration discount on or prospective students because of race, national
classes taken on a credit transcript basis. In addition to origin, religion, age, gender or physical handicap.
tuition, a course fee ($35 or $70) is charged to cover Pittsburgh Filmmakers reserves the right to exclude
the use of equipment and facilities, software, chemicals from a course or program any student who is
and supplies used in the classroom. Unregistered disruptive of the educational process, including those
students may only attend the first class if per- whose behavior presents a threat to the health
mission has been granted by the Registrar. A and safety of others, or to others’ enjoyment of
limited number of scholarships are now available for and progress in a course or program. Pittsburgh
non-credit students demonstrating financial need. See Filmmakers reserves the right to exclude or with-
page 16-17 “Student Opportunities.”                        draw any student who, in the discretion of the
                                                           school, is academically or intellectually unable to
Refunds                                                    participate fully and satisfy the course requirements
Once payment has been made and a space reserved of any course, after reasonable accommodation for
in a class, 20% of the total fee (tuition plus course any disabilities. Students needing accommodations
fee) is completely non-refundable. 80% of the total for disabilities should make the need known to the
fee is refundable until the class has had its first course instructor at the beginning of the course
scheduled meeting. After the first class meeting but so that reasonable and appropriate measures may
before the second class meeting, 60% of the total be taken. Students withdrawn by the school may
fee is refundable. No refunds will be made after the receive tuition reimbursements if the reason for
second scheduled meeting of any class. Tuition and withdrawal was not behavioral or otherwise within
course fees, in whole or in part, are not transferable
                                                           the control of the student.
to future terms under any circumstances.



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 Short Courses
                                                         Digital Cel Animation
                                                         Prerequisite: None. 14 classroom hours.
                                                         Wednesdays 6:00 - 9:30 2/8, 2/5, 2/22, 2/29           Mougianis
                                                         This introductory short course examines the process and
                                                         principles of traditional 2-D animation and its application within
                                                         a digital environment.While developing a better understanding
                                                         of how animation is created, students will become familiar
                                                         with the use of Toon Boom software and its many labor-
                                                         saving aspects. Toon Boom can be used to animate computer
                                                         generated elements or as a tool to assist in hand-drawn
                                                         animation (ink and paint), and it can also be used to work in a
                                                         3-dimensional space and apply special effects. Grading is based
                                                         on assignments, attendance and class participation.This course
                                                         can be taken for credit at most of our partner schools. The
                                                         non-credit tuition for this course is $145.

Make-up for Film and Video
Prerequisite: None. 14 classroom hours.
Wednesdays 6:00 - 9:30           3/21, 3/28, 4/4 & 4/11                  Staff
In film and video, make-up is used to create a distinctive “look” for an actor, but it must be subtle enough
to look natural even in extreme close-up. Students learn the proper application of facial and body make-up,
what a make-up kit should contain and the responsibilities of the make-up artist on the set. Though the
course will touch upon special effects make-up, the focus is on naturalistic make-up design. Grading is based
on assignments, attendance and class participation. This course can be taken for one credit at most of our
educational partner schools. The non-credit tuition for this course is $145.


    Filmmakers in the libraries
    Screenplay Basics                 at Mt. Lebanon Public Library
    Non-credit only. Tuition $145.
    This class addresses the fundamentals of screenwriting with an emphasis on short format storytelling.
    Students will concentrate on screenplay structure, formatting, character development and dialogue while
    creating a script for a short film or a scene from a longer film. Students will also view and discuss scenes
    from current films and learn about screenplay marketing.
    Tuesdays       6:45-8:45 pm       3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10   Heidekat


    Screenplay Plot Development                         at Monroeville Public Library
    Non-credit only. Tuition $145.
    This class covers screenwriting fundamentals with an emphasis on plot development. Each student will write
    a script for a short film or a series of scenes from a longer film. Students will view and discuss scenes from
    current films, focusing on process of developing a screenplay’s plot, from creating a compelling storyline
    to expanding it to include a set-up, plot twists and a resolution. Various genres such as mystery, adventure
    and comedy will also be discussed.
    Thursdays          6:30-8:30 pm       3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19      Heidekat


    Screenplay Character Development                             at Shaler North Hills Public Library
    Non-credit only. Tuition $145.
    This class covers screenwriting fundamentals with a focus on character development. Each student will write
    a script for a short film or a scene from a longer film. Students will view and discuss scenes from current films
    with an emphasis on the methods used to establish and shape both primary and secondary characters.
    Mondays       6:00-8:00 pm        3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/30   Heidekat

    No online registration for library classes, call 412-681-5449 x 202 for information or to register.



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                                                                    Film, Digital and Video




 NOTE: Classes marked with 4 are entry level                 Film Production I
                                                             Prerequisite: Motion Picture Fundamentals. 42 classroom hours.
 courses, there is no prerequisite for these courses.
                                                             FLM 106 A       Mon       2:00-5:00         Lewis
                                                             FLM 106 B       Tue       6:00-9:00         Lewis
4 Motion Picture Fundamentals:                               This course is designed to develop proficiency in the
                                                             standard procedures of filmmaking and the use of
Film and Digital Video                                       equipment. Students participate in shooting two 16mm
Prerequisite: None. 42 classroom hours.
                                                             films, editing and building soundtracks. Basic aspects of
FLM 101 A        Mon       6:00-9:00      Kenlon
FLM 101 B        Tue       10:00-1:00     Zavala             cinematography, lighting, sound and editing are covered,
FLM 101 C        Tue       6:00-9:00      Abrams             including the use of 16mm cameras, sound equipment and
FLM 101 D        Wed       2:00-5:00      Howard             digital editing software (Final Cut Pro). Student projects
                                                             are viewed and critiqued in class. Outside work is nec-
Filmmaking Emphasis                                          essary for planning, shooting and editing. All equipment
FLM 101 E        Wed       6:00-9:00      Bonello            is provided, but students pay for their own film and lab
                                                             expenses. Grading is based on each student’s films, exams
Digital Video Emphasis                                       on technical basics and class participation. In addition to
FLM 101 F        Thu       6:00-9:00      Bonev              tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.

Motion Picture Fundamentals is a hands-on introduction       Film Production II
                                                             Prerequisite: Film Production I and any one of the following: Cinema-
to key photographic concepts and the core concepts           tography; Lighting for Film and Video; Technical Directing; Directing
of self-expression with moving images. Students shoot        Actors; Introduction to Screenwriting; Sound for Film and Video;
photographs, digital video and motion picture film to        Advanced Digital Editing Techniques. 42 classroom hours.
learn the basic principles and techniques of light, compo-   FLM 206 A       Thu       6:00-9:00         Staszel
sition, camerawork, editing and storytelling.All equipment
is provided, including 35mm still cameras, mini-DV videoIn this advanced 16mm filmmaking class students make
cameras, super-8 film cameras and digital workstations  individual films with the instructor’s approval and close
with Apple’s Final Cut Express editing program. Those   supervision. Each student writes a treatment and a
unfamiliar with Mac OS should consider taking “Introduc-script and prepares a detailed budget for a single 16mm
                                                        film. Issues of sync sound and digital post-production
tion to Digital” prior to or concurrent with this course.
                                                        are covered. A fully edited film with edited soundtracks
Students pay for film, videotape and lab costs. Grading is
based on student projects and written exams. In addition(voice, music, sound effects, etc.) must be completed by
to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.                the end of the term. All projects are shot on film, but
                                                        students have the option to edit using traditional film
Please note that there are three variations on editing methods or in a digital format using Final Cut
this course, each with a slightly different empha- Pro. Students should bring a written film treatment to
sis. Motion Picture Fundamentals: Film and Digital the first class. Extensive outside work is necessary. All
Video gives equal weight to filmmaking and to equipment is provided, but students pay for their own
digital video. In the Filmmaking Emphasis section film and lab expenses. Grading is based on the quality
students work more with film than with digital video of the student’s work, completing various stages of the
and in the Digital Video Emphasis section students work process on a schedule and one written exam. In addition
more with digital video than with film. However, stu- to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.
dents are exposed to all media in all sections.

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Video Production I                                                  4 Introduction to Digital Editing
Prerequisite: Motion Picture Fundamentals 42 classroom hours.       Prerequisite: None. 42 classroom hours.
VID 115 A      Tue      6:00-9:00        Mougianis                  DIG 112 A       Mon      2:00-5:00         Heistand
VID 115 B      Wed      2:00-5:00        Cantine                    DIG 112 B       Thu      6:00-9:00         Heistand
In this hands-on course students acquire the skills
required to design, shoot and edit video. The class                 This course is designed to familiarize students with
combines demonstrations, lecture, exercises, projects               the possibilities that digital technology offers for
and critiques. Emphasis is placed on visual and aural               the manipulation of still images, sound, and motion
expression through technical mastery of the video                   pictures. After introducing beginners to the Macin-
medium. Topics include digital camera operation, light-             tosh Operating System, the course allows students
ing, audio recording, scripting, non-linear editing, special        to use Final Cut Express to edit video and sound
effects and audio mixing. Students are expected to focus            and Photoshop to manipulate still images and text.
on designing and producing an effective final project.              Access to Macintosh computers with the necessary
Grading is based on the quality of work produced and                software is provided. Grading is based on assign-
performance on written exams. All necessary equip-                  ments, a written exam and class participation. In
ment is provided but students must supply videotape.                addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.
In addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.

Video Production II                                                 Advanced Digital Editing Techniques
Prerequisite: Video Production I and any one of the following:      Prerequisite: Film Production I or Video Production I.
Electronic Cinematography; Lighting for Film and Video; Technical   42 classroom hours.
Directing; Directing Actors; Introduction to Screenwriting; Sound   DIG 315 A       Tue      6:00-9:00         Cantine
for Film and Video; Advanced Digital Editing Techniques.
42 classroom hours.                                                 In this course, students will explore the possibilities of
VID 212 A      Thu      6:00-9:00        Cantine                    digital post-production. Lectures will discuss a variety
                                                                    of editing styles and examples from short and feature-
This course challenges students to explore video lan-               length films. Students will work with Apple’s Final Cut
guage while producing a more ambitious work through                 Studio software to develop proficiency in editing tech-
improved technical skills, including digital modes of               niques, simple effects, color correction, sound design,
post-production. It integrates hands-on demonstra-                  as well as output options for a variety of platforms.
tions, lecture, exercises, projects and critiques. Students         Grading is based on assigned editing projects, student
use digital video cameras along with Final Cut Pro                  presentations, and participation. In addition to tuition
to produce a final project. Topics include advanced                 a $70 course fee is charged.
lighting and audio recording, digitizing, non-linear edit-
ing, time code, digital audio mixing, and final output.
Grading is based on the quality of work produced and
performance on written exams. All necessary equip-
ment is provided but students must supply videotape.
In addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.


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                                                                     Film, Digital and Video
4 Introduction to Web Design                                     Technical Directing
Prerequisite: Familiarity with MAC OS. 42 classroom hours.       Prerequisite: Motion Picture Fundamentals. 42 classroom hours.
DIG 202 A       Mon       6:00-9:00        Burgess               FLM 225 A       Wed      6:00-9:00        Vituccio
This course provides students with the foundation to             Basics of designing and directing scenes for motion
build web pages using current technologies. During the           pictures are addressed in this course. Some of the
course students will be introduced to the process of             problems discussed include the relationship of film to
modern web design, its languages, tools, theory and              reality, the meaning of cinematic techniques, continuity,
history. Students come away from the class with an               shot selection, cut selection and visualization techniques.
understanding of HTML & CSS, basic usage of Adobe                The format is a combination of lecture, screening and
Illustrator & Photoshop and WYSIWYG editors. Other               interactive group exercises. Students participate in
lecture topics include interface usability, internet security,   analyzing and reworking scenes from well-known films.
and the business of the internet. Grading is based on            Extensive outside work is necessary, including attending
web sites created for class, assignments and an exam. In         current films to discuss directorial issues. Grading is
addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.                based on written exams, practical exercises, homework
                                                                 and class participation. In addition to tuition, a $35
Intermediate Web Design                                          course fee is charged.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Web Design. 42 classroom hours.
DIG 330 A       Thu       6:00-9:00        Burgess               Electronic Cinematography
                                                                 Prerequisite: Video Production I. 42 classroom hours.
This course builds on the designing and HTML program-
                                                                 VID 317 A        Tue     6:00-9:00          Caloiero
ming skills learned in the Intro to Web Design class.
Students will practice creating CSS (Cascading Style             This course will cover advanced video technology and
Sheets)-based websites. The class will also explore the          professional techniques of videography. Emphasis will be
Dreamweaver tool set in depth, and learn tips and tech-          placed on image quality, meeting broadcast specifications
niques for working within the framework of a browser.            for video and audio, and double-system audio recording.
Database connectivity, scripting and e-commerce are              Professional-quality video cameras will be covered
introduced for students who want to pursue web design            extensively. Grading will be based on written exams,
even further. Grading is based on assignments, projects          in-class production exercises, and an oral presentation.
and class participation. In addition to tuition, a $70 course    Though students will be asked to shoot video in class,
fee is charged.                                                  this is not a production course; the cost of materials will
                                                                 be included in the $70 course fee.




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                                                                Documentary Production
Lighting for Film and Video                                     Prerequisite: Video Production I or Film Production I or
Prerequisite: Film Production I or Video Production I.          permission of the instructor. 42 classroom hours.
42 classroom hours.
                                                                VID 320 A       Mon 6:00-9:00             Zavala
FLM 234 A       Mon      6:00-9:00         Rutkowski
                                                                This course guides students through the planning,
In order to demystify the problems involved in lighting         shooting, and editing of a documentary. The course
for motion pictures, students participate in a variety          builds on production skills common to all video and
of lighting and shooting situations. Among the topics           filmmaking by introducing techniques unique to non-
covered are: the differences between lighting for film          fiction film, such as vérité (observational) shooting,
and for video, light sources, light metering, lighting styles   interviewing and using archival material. The class will
and tools. Excerpts from classic and contemporary films         confront the ethical issues that arise when real people
and videotapes are viewed and discussed. Students are           are presented on screen. Throughout the course, we
encouraged to show their current or previous work               will view and analyze recent documentaries, with the
                                                                aim of understanding how reality can be captured
in class for the purpose of addressing lighting issues.
                                                                and shaped in cinematically powerful ways. Students
Grading is based on written exams, homework and
                                                                have the option of working with the news outlet
participation. In addition to tuition, a $70 course fee         PublicSource to produce research-based video for
is charged.                                                     the website publicsource.org or may choose any form
                                                                of documentary for their final projects. Grading is
Advanced Sound:                                                 based on practical exercises, a written exam, a final
Recording and Post-Production                                   project and class participation. In addition to tuition,
Prerequisite: Sound for Film and Video or by permission.        a $70 course fee is charged.
42 classroom hours.
FLM 360 A       Wed      6:00-9:00         Benedict             4 Acting for the Camera
                                                                Prerequisite: None. (Filmmaking or acting experience is highly recom-
This course will build upon the principles and techniques       mended.) 42 classroom hours.
covered in “Sound for Film and Video.” Lectures and             FLM 241 A        Mon      6:00-9:00         Early
projects deal with more complex production and post
production issues that apply to both film and video             This course is designed for actors who would like to
                                                                improve their craft by better understanding the differ-
projects. These include multiple microphone recording,
                                                                ences between acting for the stage and acting for the
recording and editing of multi-shot scenes and picture/
                                                                camera, and for film and television directors who would
sound production techniques. Voice over, dialogue
                                                                like to work more effectively with actors. Contrasts
replacement, sound effects and foley recording will
                                                                between stage and screen acting in specific shooting
also be covered. Much of the course will be devoted             scripts are examined and followed with appropriate script
to developing advanced editing and mixing techniques            study, character analysis and exercises in film acting tech-
using the Pro Tools digital audio workstation. Grading          niques. Each class includes a lecture, videotaped examples
is based on written exams, practical exercises, assign-         of performances for analysis and practical experience in
ments and class participation. In addition to tuition, a        working before a camera. Course requirements include
$70 course fee is charged.                                      outside reading, preparation and rehearsal of scenes
                                                                for taping in class, outside viewing of film and television
                                                                programs and written analyses of performances. Grading
                                                                is based on performance, effort and written analyses. In
                                                                addition to tuition, a $35 course fee is charged.

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                                                                      Film, Digital and Video
Acting for the Camera:                                           Writing and Producing the Short Script
Advanced Techniques                                              Prerequisite: Introduction to Screenwriting. 42 classroom hours.
Prerequisite: Acting For the Camera. 42 classroom hours.         FLM 308 A        Thu      2:00-5:00         Monahan
FLM 341 A         Mon 6:00-9:00            Rawson                This course is designed to take students through the
This course will explore some of the special problems            process of writing and planning a short film. Students
and challenges facing motion picture and television actors.      will produce a film treatment and then multiple drafts
Designed for actors and others who are serious about             of a script for a film, as well as work through critical
developing their skills in front of the camera, the course       phases of pre-production such as budgeting, creating a
will concentrate primarily on dramatic acting. Classes will      shooting script, storyboarding, casting, securing locations
include lecture, videotaped examples of performances,            and acquiring necessary permissions and clearances.
discussion and analysis. Readings, homework, outside             Students are expected to participate in critiquing and
viewing of films and television programs and preparation         responding to the written work of others in the class.
and rehearsal of scenes are required. Grading is based on        Significant outside work is required. Grading is based on
performance, advancement in skills, effort and participa-        the quality of the script, the quality of pre-production
tion. In addition to tuition, a $35 course fee is charged        work and materials, and class participation. In addition
                                                                 to tuition, a $35 course fee is charged.
4 The Art and Business of
Voice-Over Narration                                             4 Write-Act-Produce-Direct
                                                                 Prerequisite: None. 42 classroom hours.
Prerequisite: None. 42 classroom hours.
                                                                 FLM 120 A       Thu     6:00-9:00       Monahan
FLM 130 A       Tue      6:00-9:00      Hartman
                                                                 No matter what your goals are in film, you’ll work in a
This intensive course is designed for people who would
                                                                 collaborative art form. Understanding inter-related disci-
like to pursue a career as a trained voice actor.The class
                                                                 plines is crucial to making a successful film.Writers need
covers all the aspects of creating professional voice
                                                                 to know what it takes to produce a particular sequence;
recordings as well as creating a successful business
                                                                 directors need to know how to talk to actors; producers
plan and marketing yourself as a voice talent. Initially,
                                                                 need to be able to stay true to a script while maintain-
students analyze existing voice-over narrations, finding
                                                                 ing their budget; actors must be able to read scripts for
material best suited for their own voice and recording
                                                                 action, and they need to understand the psychology of
a finished demo. Class demos involve vocal warm-ups,
                                                                 directors. Students will experience a little bit of every
microphone techniques and breaking down scripts in
                                                                 discipline in this course, spending three weeks dedicated
order to make the copy suit each individual student.
                                                                 to each area and the final two weeks of the term pull-
Other topics include picking a studio, an engineer and an
                                                                 ing it all together. Grading is based on assignments and
agent, packaging your demo and finding work. Grading is
                                                                 class participation. In addition to tuition, a $35 course
based on assignments, class participation and the finished
                                                                 fee is charged.
demo. In addition to tuition a $35 course fee is charged.

4 Introduction to Screenwriting                                  4 International Film History
                                                                 Prerequisite: None. 42 classroom hours.
Prerequisite: None. (Motion Picture Fundamentals recommended.)
42 classroom hours.                                              FLM 104 A       Wed      6:00-9:00      O’Sullivan
FLM 228 A       Tue      2:00-5:00       Heidekat                This course puts into perspective the birth, development
FLM 228 B       Wed 6:00-9:00            Heidekat                and evolution of the foreign film, concentrating on the
As an introduction to writing for film and video, this           influence of political, literary and theatrical traditions,
course combines theory, analysis and practical exercise.         culture and Hollywood on film art from individual nations.
Screenwriting basics are covered including story, struc-         Topics covered will include technical and stylistic advances
ture, scene, character, dialogue and action. Students            in the German and French silent cinemas, the theory and
develop stories, scenes, and characters and examine              practice of montage in Soviet films, French cinema of the
the ways in which these elements can be combined in a            1930’s, Italian neo-realism, the auteur theory, films of the
screenplay. Writing for documentaries is also discussed.         new wave and contemporary European, Asian and third
Students are required to see selected current films for          world cinemas. Grading is based on written exams, class
discussion. Considerable outside work is necessary.              participation and attendance at screenings. In addition to
Grading is based on the quality of the writing assignments,      tuition, a $35 course fee is charged.
homework and class participation. In addition to tuition,
a $35 course fee is charged.




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 Film, Digital and Video
4 Film Genre: Television Horrors
Prerequisite: None. 42 classroom hours.
FLM 270 A       Thu     6:00-9:00       Howell
This course serves as a critical examination of the
aesthetics and history of the horror genre as a television
phenomenon. The course samples key examples of
television horror, drawing from early broadcast shows
like Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Twilight Zone,
examining more overtly horrific offerings such as Tales
From the Crypt and tracking the genre’s evolution into
more contemporary series like the groundbreaking
Buffy the Vampire Slayer and current cable offerings True
Blood and The Walking Dead. Students analyze the style
and forms of narrative particular to television while
considering the historical and industrial changes in
televisual horror that have resulted in strong female-
centered series and provocative representations
of race, gender and sexuality. The course will be a
combination of lecture and discussion with required
readings and in-class screenings of excerpts and
episodes. Grading is based on two written exams, one
analytical paper and participation. In addition to tuition
a $35 course fee is charged.

Film Thesis I                                                             Video Thesis I
Prerequisite: Film Production II and Cinematography.                      Prerequisite: Video Production II and Electronic Cinematography.
42 classroom hours.                                                       42 classroom hours.
FLM 403 A         Wed       6:00-9:00        Cantine/Lewis/Zavala         VID 403 A         Wed      6:00-9:00       Cantine/Lewis/Zavala
(Note: This class is taught as a combined section with Video Thesis I.)   (Note:This class is taught as a combined section with Film Thesis I.)
                                                                          This course allows students to develop their advanced
This course allows students to develop their
                                                                          video making skills. Students create one video
advanced filmmaking skills. Students create one 16mm
film over the course of one academic year (two                            project over the course of one academic year (two
semesters). During the first semester (Film Thesis I)                     semesters). During the first semester (Video Thesis I)
students prepare scripts and budgets and do all of                        students prepare scripts and budgets and do all of the
the preproduction for their project. Beyond writing                       preproduction for their project. Beyond writing and
and planning, the student is responsible for doing all                    planning, the student is responsible for doing all principal
principal photography and syncing and assembling                          photography and syncing and assembling all material
all material by the last class. Extensive independent                     by the last class. Extensive independent production is
production is required.The instructors serve primarily                    required. The instructors serve primarily as advisors.
as advisors. Students should bring a first draft of a                     Students should bring a first draft of a script to the
script to the first class. All equipment is provided but                  first class. All equipment is provided but the students
the students pay for their own film and laboratory                        pay for their own production expenses. Grading is
expenses. Grading is based on the quality of the                          based on the quality of the student’s production work.
student’s production work. In addition to tuition, a $70                  In addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.
course fee is charged.
                                                                          Video Thesis II
Film Thesis II                                                            Prerequisite: Video Thesis I. 42 classroom hours.
Prerequisite: Film Thesis I. 42 classroom hours.                          VID 404 A        by appointment            Staff
FLM 404 A         by appointment            Staff
                                                                          This course is a continuation of Video Thesis I.
This course is a continuation of Film Thesis I. Students                  Students edit and do all post-production for the video
edit and do all post-production for the film that was                     that was shot during Thesis I. In order to complete
shot during Thesis I. In order to complete this course                    this course the student must have an exhibition-quality
the student must have an Answer Print of the film, or an                  digital video master, and show a copy in an approved
exhibition-quality digital video master, and show a copy
                                                                          Pittsburgh Filmmakers Thesis Screening. Grading is
in an approved Pittsburgh Filmmakers Thesis Screening.
                                                                          based on the quality of the student’s finished work and
Grading is based on the quality of the student’s finished
work and the ability to meet deadlines. In addition to                    the ability to meet deadlines. In addition to tuition, a
tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.                                     $70 course fee is charged.


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                                                                                               Photography




photo by: Anthony Roscoe, student




Motion Picture Fundamentals                                    4 Black and White Photography I
Prerequisite: None. 42 classroom hours.                        Prerequisite: None. 42 classroom hours.
Please refer to description and class listing
                                                               PHT 111 A      Mon     2:00-5:00          Staff
on page 7.                                                     PHT 111 B      Tue     10:00-1:00         Tohara
                                                               PHT 111 C      Tue     6:00-9:00          Matolcsy
4 Introduction to Photography:                                 PHT 111 D
                                                               PHT 111 E
                                                                              Wed
                                                                              Thu
                                                                                      6:00-9:00
                                                                                      6:00-9:00
                                                                                                         Bent
                                                                                                         Persinger
Darkroom and Digital
Prerequisite: None. 42 classroom hours.                        Designed to give an awareness and understanding of the
PHT 150 A       Mon       6:00-9:00       Kendall              technical and aesthetic aspects of photography as a fine
This basic class introduces beginning photographers            art, this is a practical and theoretical course. Through a
to analog and digital methods of producing images              series of lectures and labs, students learn the process of
using both 35mm and digital single lens reflex cameras.        seeing (making an exposure) and craftsmanship (making a
Students learn the common fundamentals of camera               photographic print). Some shooting assignments include
controls and composition as well as the differences            using depth of field, light as subject, the self portrait and
between digital capture and film exposure. Through             portraiture. 35mm cameras for this class are available
lectures, demonstrations and hands-on lab sessions             for checkout at the equipment office. Students are
students become adept at digital and darkroom print            expected to purchase their own film and photographic
processing. Shooting assignments emphasize ways of             paper. Grading is based on assignments, written exams
seeing and using the formal aspects of composition to          and a final portfolio. In addition to tuition, a $70 course
create interesting images. Students should have their own      fee is charged.
digital SLR camera, a few digital SLRs are available for use
during the semester. Grading is based on assignments,
written exams and a final portfolio. In addition to tuition,
a $70 course fee is charged.



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 Photography
                                                                       4 Basic Digital Photography
                                                                       Prerequisite: None. 42 classroom hours.
                                                                       PHT 120 A      Mon     6:00-9:00        Hosking
                                                                       PHT 120 B      Tue     2:00-5:00        Kelly
                                                                       PHT 120 C      Wed     2:00-5:00        Blum
                                                                       PHT 120 D      Thu     6:00-9:00        Vitone
                                                                       This class introduces students to the fundamentals
                                                                       of photographic art using digital imaging techniques.
                                                                       Working with digital cameras, Macintosh computers and
                                                                       Epson ink-jet printers students will complete a number
                                                                       of assignments that emphasize camera controls, print
                                                                       quality, composition and subject matter. Class lectures
                                                                       and demonstrations will cover exposure, quality of
                                                                       light, the use of Light Room for digital file management,
                                                                       image manipulation and digital printing. The class will
                                                                       also be exposed to the work of contemporary and
                                                                       historical photographers. Students should have their
                                                                       own camera, a few digital SLRs will be available for use
                                                                       during the semester. Grading is based on assignments,
Black and White Photography II                                         written exams and a final portfolio. In addition to
Prerequisite: Black and White Photography I or Introduction to         tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.
Photography: Darkroom and Digital. 42 classroom hours.
PHT 211 A       Mon      6:00-9:00         Tohara                      Intermediate Digital Photography
PHT 211 B       Thu      2:00-5:00         Abramson                    Prerequisite: Basic Digital Photography or Introduction to Photography:
                                                                       Darkroom and Digital. 42 classroom hours.
This production course is an extension of Black and                    PHT 240 A         Tue       6:00-9:00          Burke
White Photography I. Students learn to visually articulate             In this class students expand their digital processing skills
their ideas and discuss their work and the work of others              while continuing to develop their photographic vision.
through group critiques. Students should have basic tech-              After reviewing some basic Photoshop tools the class
nical skills and knowledge of camera mechanisms, film                  lectures focus on the use of Light Room for image editing
developing and printing.The course is designed to refine               and adjustments, basic color management, monochrome
these fundamentals and explore other, more complex                     and color digital printing. Other topics covered are using
issues in photography. Assignments and critiques focus                 HDR, preparing images for the web, creating contact
on content, long exposures, fine grain versus grainy film              sheets and archiving files. Shooting assignments over
and medium format cameras. Fiber printing, archival                    the course of the semester reinforce the use of these
preservation, matting and an introduction to digital scan-             techniques while encouraging students to build on their
ning and printing are also covered. Considerable outside               personal photographic style. Grading is based on class
work is necessary to complete the assignments. Grading                 participation, written exams and assignments. In addition
is based on assignments, final portfolio and attendance. In            to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.
addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.                      Advanced Digital Photography
Black and White Photography III                                        Prerequisite: Intermediate Digital Photography or permission.
                                                                       42 classroom hours.
Prerequisite: Black and White Photography II or Intermediate Digital
Photography. 42 classroom hours.                                       PHT 320 A        Wed       6:00-9:00         Spradlin
PHT 311 A       Tue      6:00-9:00         Abramson                    Building on methods and tools explored in Intermediate
                                                                       Digital Photography, this course offers advanced
Students in this black and white class learn advanced                  photographic concepts. Through demonstrations and
exposure and development techniques, along with                        readings, students learn to make complex selection
advanced darkroom and digital printing methods as                      and color correction, texture maps, advanced layering
they work on individual projects. While photographing                  and masking principles. In addition, students learn to
one subject or idea for the entire semester students                   make custom color profiles for their favorite paper
learn how their imagery evolves in the creative process.               and printer along with essentials of digital color
The class format consists of lectures, demonstrations,                 management. Emphasis is on the development and
laboratory time and critiques. Class discussions cover                 exploration of a personal vision and the creation of a
subject matter, optimum print size, editing, sequencing                digital portfolio. Grading is based on class participation
and presentation. Students are also introduced to                      and the completion of individual projects. In addition to
large format digital printing. Extensive outside time is               tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.
required. Grading is based on assignments, the final
portfolio and attendance. In addition to tuition, a $70
course fee is charged.

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                                                                                                       Photography
Photoshop Foundations                                                  Advanced Photography Seminar
Prerequisite: Black and White Photography I or Basic Digtal            Prerequisite: Intermediate Digital Photography or Black & White
Photography or Intro to Digital or Motion Picture Fundamentals         Photography II. 42 classroom hours.
or permission. 42 classroom hours.
                                                                       PHT 351 A      Thu     6:00-9:00        Abramson
PHT 220 A       Mon      2:00-5:00      Boyd
PHT 220 B       Wed      6:00-9:00      Burke                          This self-directed seminar is for students who want
An introduction to the Macintosh Operating System and                  to learn the process of creating a personal portfolio.
Adobe Photoshop, this class helps students explore digi-               It is designed to allow students creative freedom to
tal imaging as a method for manipulating and presenting                define and develop both technical and aesthetic goals.
their work. Techniques covered include scanning, image                 Class time includes lectures, demonstrations and group
retouching, correction and manipulation, printing and                  critiques. The slide lectures will present an overview
creative use of layers, selections, and masks.Assignments              of contemporary art photography covering topics such
include restoration, digital colorizing of black and white             as personal documents, social documents, constructed
imagery and digital color printing. Grading is based on                imagery and manipulated work. Students produce a
class participation, assignments and individual projects. In           series of twenty exhibition ready photographs, write
addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.                      an artist’s statement and resume, make a CD of their
                                                                       work and submit that work for exhibition by the end
Studio Lighting                                                        of the term. Grading is based on extensive outside
Prerequisite: Black and White Photography II or Intermediate Digital   assignments, participation in class critiques and the
Photography. 42 classroom hours.
                                                                       final portfolio. In addition to tuition, a $70 course fee
PHT 251 A       Thu      6:00-9:00         Kelly                       is charged.
This production course in studio photography will
emphasize artificial lighting techniques, using both hot
lights and electronic flash units. Both film and digital
capture will be discussed in class along with other topics
such as painting with light, lighting ratios and character
studies. Assignments include white background
portraiture, environmental portraiture and a variety
of still life/tabletop set-ups. Considerable outside work
is required to complete assignments. Students will
have access to 4x5 and medium format cameras or
they may use their own equipment. Grading is based
on attendance, assignments and the final portfolio. In
addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.

Sequence and Series:
The Photographic Book
Prerequisite: Intermediate Digital Photography or Black & White
Photography II. 42 classroom hours.
PHT 313 A       Mon      6:00-9:00         Wade
Intended for photographers who already have a series of
photographs in progress, this class covers the essentials of
photo book production. Students learn to edit and layout
a cohesive series of photographs into a final printed book
that will be published through print-on-demand sites, such
as Blurb or Lulu. Lectures and critiques will cover the
photographic image, principles of layout, design, sequenc-
ing, editing and the history of the photo book. Students
study the history of the photographic book including
William Henry Fox Talbot’s Pencil of Nature, Robert Frank’s
The Americans as well as recent publications by regional
photographers. Designers and photographers with pub-
lished books will be guest lecturers. Grading is based on
attendance, participation and the final completed book.
Students must provide their own materials, including the
cost of printing one book. In addition to tuition, a $70
course fee is charged.

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 Student Opportunities




     photo by: Sarah Shank, student

Independent Study in Film, Photography or Digital Media
By Appointment. Equivalent to 42 classroom hours.
FLM 299; VID 299; PHT 299; DIG 299
Advanced students may elect to study film or video production, photography or digital media on an inde-
pendent basis by: 1) securing the permission of the instructor with whom you wish to study; 2) writing
a preliminary proposal for your independent study; 3) discussing your proposal with your instructor
and finalizing it by completing an Independent Study Contract. In addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is
charged.

Internships in Film, Photography or Digital Media
By Appointment. 126 hours.
FLM 298; VID 298; PHT 298; DIG 298
Working in consultation with a faculty member, advanced students wishing to pursue careers in film, video,
photography or digital media have the opportunity to work with independent media artists, film, video,
audio or television production companies, or to work with art directors, gallery curators, photographers
and printers while earning college credit (3 or 6 hours). This program is designed to give students valu-
able experience in their chosen field of study outside of the college and classroom environment. Before
registering, interested students should contact the Internship Coordinator, Will Zavala.

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                                                               Student Opportunities




Pittsburgh Filmmakers Scholarship Programs
Scholarships are available to new and continuing low-income students who wish to study at Pittsburgh
Filmmakers. The Scholarship program is open only to non-Certificate students taking full-semester classes
on a non-credit basis. A scholarship covers all or part of the tuition and course fees for a single class in a
single semester. Awards range from $100 to $405. Students must apply for each individual semester.

First-time students can apply to the Scholarship Program for New Students. Students who have taken at
least one semester-length class at Pittsburgh Filmmakers can apply to the Continuing Student Scholarship
program to attend intermediate or advanced classes.

Applications and guidelines are available at http://pfm.pittsburgharts.org/scholarships or contact John
Cantine, Scholarship Coordinator at 412-681-5449 x 215 or jpc@pghfilmmakers.org.

Pittsburgh Filmmakers First Works Grant
The Pittsburgh Filmmakers First Works Grant is designed to assist beginning film and video makers in
creating a polished first work, which can then be used as sample work to secure future funding. Through
this, we hope to encourage a new generation of artists with new perspectives on life and art. Several
cash awards of up to $1,000 are given out once every year in the spring.

Pittsburgh Filmmakers Eastman Film Award
Eastman Kodak has made it possible for Pittsburgh Filmmakers to award 16mm film to students in our film
production classes. This grant is intended to support projects that will be completed, and any current student
who is working on a film begun in a Pittsburgh Filmmakers production class can apply. This is a competitive
grant and only the most promising work will receive film stock. Several awards of up to 1600’ each are given
out every semester.

Pittsburgh Filmmakers Emerging Photographers Grant
The Pittsburgh Filmmakers Emerging Photographers Grant is designed to assist photographers in creating
a polished portfolio which can then be used to secure future exhibitions. Several cash awards are given
out once every year in the fall.

Access Memberships
Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts provide a forum for members to share ideas,
discuss new technologies and participate in the governance of the organization. During the year, there
are three quarterly meetings and an annual meeting. As an Access Member, film, video, photography, digi-
tal, printmaking, ceramics and facilities are available to Access Members who are proficient in their use.
Members also receive support from the Artist Services Department, which keeps you informed about
the vibrant arts community. Interested in becoming an Access Member? For details contact Jasdeep
Khaira, Artist Services Director, 412-681-5449 x 246 or jasdeep@pittsburgharts.org.

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 Certificate Program
Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ students may earn a Certificate in Film Production, Digital Video or Photography
by completing a program of twelve full-length required courses (504 total classroom hours)on either a
non-credit or a credit transcript basis. Certificate Students must earn an overall grade point average of “B”
(3.0) or better. In core requirement courses, a maximum of one “C” grade will be accepted. In addition,
students must present an exhibition-quality copy of Thesis level (Film or Digital Video) or Advanced course
level (Photography) work in a Pittsburgh Filmmakers public Thesis show. Information packets, including
a Certificate Program Handbook and an Application Form, are available from the Registrar. Students are
eligible to apply after completing two courses at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. There is a nonrefundable applica-
tion fee of $40. The course requirements for the respective Certificate Programs are as follows:




Film Production                         Digital Video                       Photography
(504 total classroom hours)             (504 total classroom hours)         (504 total classroom hours)
core requirements                       core requirements                   core requirements
Motion Picture Fundamentals             Motion Picture Fundamentals         Motion Picture Fundamentals
Film Production I                       Video Production I                  B&W Photography I or
Film Production II                      Video Production II                    Basic Digital Photography
Cinematography                          Electronic Cinematography           B&W Photography II or
Film Thesis I                           Video Thesis I                         Intermediate Digital Photography
Film Thesis II                          Video Thesis II                     B&W Photography III
                                                                            Color Photography I or
technical theory electives              technical theory electives             Advanced Digital Photography
(choose 3)                              (choose 3)                          Studio Lighting
Introduction to Screenwriting           Introduction to Screenwriting       View Camera Techniques
Script Development                      Script Development                  Photoshop Foundations
Advanced Screenplay Workshop            Advanced Screenplay Workshop
Sound for Film and Video                Sound for Film and Video            history/theory electives
Advanced Digital                        Advanced Digital                    (choose 1)
    Editing Techniques                      Editing Techniques              History of Photography I
Lighting for Film and Video             Lighting for Film and Video         History of Photography II
Producing for Film and Video            Producing for Film and Video
Technical Directing                     Technical Directing                 technical theory electives
Directing Actors                        Directing Actors                    (choose 2)
                                                                            Non-Silver Printing I
history/theory electives                history/theory electives            Experimental Camera
(choose 2)                              (choose 2)                          Experimental Darkroom
American Film History                   American Film History               Advanced Photo Seminar
International Film History              International Film History          Color Photography II
Elements of Film                        Elements of Film                    Advanced Digital Photography
Experimental Film/Video Art             Experimental Film/Video Art
Introduction to Film Theory             Introduction to Film Theory         general elective
    and Criticism                           and Criticism                   Choose one full-length
                                                                            (42 classroom hours) course from
general elective                        general elective                    Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ curriculum
Choose one full-length                  Choose one full-length
(42 classroom hours) course from        (42 classroom hours) course from
Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ curriculum       Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ curriculum




  Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ Certificate programs are accredited by the National Association of
   Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and licensed by the Pennsylvania State Department
                     of Education, Division of Private Licensed Schools.


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                                                          Curriculum
  This represents all courses currently in our curriculum.
Most of these courses are offered on a regular, rotating basis.

                       Film and Video
Motion Picture Fundamentals             Directing Actors
Film Production I                       Introduction to Screenwriting
Film Production II                      Script Development
Film Thesis I                           Advanced Screenplay Workshop
Film Thesis II                          Screenwriter’s Master Class
Video Production I                      Script Analysis
Video Production II                     Writing and Producing
Video Thesis I                               the Short Script
Video Thesis II                         Introduction to Digital
Cinematography                          Digital Effects and Compositing
Electronic Cinematography               Advanced Digital Effects
Acting for the Camera                        and Compositing
Acting for the Camera:                  Advanced Digital Editing Techniques
   Advanced Techniques                  Introduction to Web Design
The Art of Auditioning                  Intermediate Web Design
Write-Act-Produce-Direct                3-D Computer Animation
Animation Basics                        Flash Animation Multimedia
Crew Production Workshop                DVD Authoring
Documentary Production                  Elements of Film
Advanced Documentary Production         Experimental Film/Video Art
Voice-over Narration                    The Film Director (Hitchcock,
Make-up for Film and Video                  Fassbinder, etc.)
Lighting Fundamentals                   Film Genre (Horror, Film Noir, etc.)
Lighting for Film and Video             American Film History
Producing for Film and Video            International Film History
Introduction to Audio                   Introduction to Film Theory
Sound for Film and Video                    and Criticism
Advanced Sound:                         National Cinemas (Italy, Japan, etc.)
    Recording & Post-production         Independent Study
Technical Directing                     Internship


                          Photography
Motion Picture Fundamentals             Digital Color Management
Black and White Photography I           Photo Restoration
Black and White Photography II          The Photographic Book
Black and White Photography III         Fine Print Workshop
Color Photography I                     Non-Silver Printing I
Color Photography II                    Studio Lighting
Introduction to Photography:            Studio Lighting II
    Darkrom and Digital                 Experimental Camera
Basic Digital Photography               Experimental Darkroom
Intermediate Digital Photography        Documentary Photography
Advanced Digital Photography            Zone System
Advanced Photo Seminar                  View Camera Techniques
Photoshop Foundations                   Portrait Photography
Design Foundations for Photographers    History of Photography I
Digital Still Camera                    History of Photography II
Digital Image Output                    Independent Study
Digital Black and White Printing        Internship



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 Faculty

Adam Abrams                      Mike Bonello                    Frank J. Caloiero               Teresa Heistand
BA, Philosophy &                 B.A. Penn State University.     B.A., Communications,           B.A., Film Studies, Uni-
History of Mathematics,          Independent media artist;       Duquesne University.            versity of Pittsburgh.
St. John’s College. Film-        exhibited at the Warhol         Cameraman and director          Independent digital artist;
maker, educator, obsolete        Museum and the Mattress         for broadcast programming,      freelance video producer,
equipment technician, and        Factory; regional exhibits in   music videos and com-           editor, writer; 2D and 3D
former board member of           Brooklyn, Buffalo, Louisville   mercials; editor for national   graphics.
Pittsburgh Filmmakers,           and Murphreesboro, TN.          public television.
Curator of Jefferson                                                                             Susan Howard
Presents, a micro-cinema         Kamen Bonev                     John Cantine                    B.A., Film Produc-
since 2000.                      M.F.A. Film and TV,             M.F.A. Film Produc-             tion, Penn State Uni-
                                 National Academy for            tion, Ohio University,          versity. Director of the
Sue Abramson                     Theater and Film Arts           B.F.A. Creative Writing,        Annie Seaman’s Media
B.F.A., Maryland Insti-          of Bulgaria. Independent        Carnegie Mellon Univer-         Arts Lab; film/videotape
tute College of Art. She         photographer and cinema-        sity. He is an Associate        editor for industrials and
is an Associate Professor        tographer; Lecturer in fo-      Professor at Pittsburgh         public television, including
at Pittsburgh Filmmak-           rensic photography, BPA;        Filmmakers. He is also co-      12 years as the editor of
ers. Award-winning fine          Underwater visual media         author of the filmmaking        Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.
art photographer; exhibited      specialist for UNESCO           textbook, Shot By Shot: A
nationally and internation-      research team; Visual media     Practical Guide to Film-        Barry Howell
ally; published Extended         artist of Ensemble Palimp-      making, a freelance video       M.A., University of Pitts-
Frames (1981); included in       sest group, performing inter-   editor and script consul-       burgh. Teaches courses
the collection of the Carnegie   nationally.                     tant, and an independent        on film analysis, politics
Museum of Art.                                                   film and video artist. His      and film, television analysis,
                                 Jeffrey Boyd                    videos and current class        and writing about film at the
Karen Antonelli                  B.F.A. Carnegie Mellon          information can be found        University of Pittsburgh;
M.F.A., Vermont College          University. Award winning       at johncantine.com.             editorial assistant for an
Exhibits regionally and          Graphic/industrial designer,                                    internationally acclaimed
internationally. Instructor      Grant Paul Design, Inc.;        David Early                     syndicated cartoonist;
at the Art Institute of          Former manager of the           M. Ed, University of Pitts-     participated in conceptual
Pittsburgh. Works in             corporate design group for      burgh. Actor, director, with    arts projects with the multi-
photographic media and           PPG Industries; Won first       international acting credits,   media arts group Bewegung
installation; included in        ever digital imaging award      most notably Silence of the     Nurr, based in Berlin and
many private collections.        by the Printing Industry of     Lambs.                          Dresden, Germany.
                                 America.
Tim Benedict                                                     Amy Hartman                     William Judson
Certificate, Audio Tech-         Derek Burgess                   Studied at New York Uni-        M.A., Art History, Oberlin
nology, Brown Institute.         B.S. Graphic Design, The        versity and Hunter Col-         College. During doctorate
Director     of     Audio        Art Institute of Pittsburgh     lege. Produced hundreds         at Yale, held Fulbright-Hays
Services, Summit Film            Designer/Developer, Serial      of demo cd’s; producer          Fellowship to France for film
Lab; Sound recording,            Entrepreneur, and Docu-         and director with NPR           studies; former Curator of
editing and mixing for           mentary Producer; Views         and for regional radio and      Film and Video, Carnegie
video, film and multi-           the world in Cascading          television spots; national      Museum of Art; on the fac-
media; extensive exper-          Style Sheets.                   voice-over spots include        ulty of Fine Arts, University
ience with fundamental                                           American Express, Pepsi,        of Pittsburgh; panelist for
recording    technololgies       Jim Burke                       Levi Jeans, McDonald’s          several state Arts Councils
and techniques as well           B.A., Psychology, Point         and many others; appeared       and the NEA.
as the continuing digital        Park College. Graduate          in Emmy-winning Titanic
evolution.                       study at Rochester Institute    documentary; member             Rich Kelly
                                 of Technology; member and       of S.A.G; A.F.T.R.A. and        President of American Soci-
Mary Jane Bent                   past President of Photo         Actor’s Equity Association.     ety of Media Photographers,
B.A. Mount Holyoke Col-          Imagers Guild of Pittsburgh;                                    former director of Photog-
lege. FreelanceMphotog-          exhibits nationally.            Lorraine Heidekat               raphy, WQED Multimedia;
rapher; Manager, Photo-                                          B.A.,Journalism,                freelance photographer,
graphic Services CIDDE                                           Duquesne University.            Forbes, Time Inc., Glamor,
University of Pittsburgh;                                        Emmy-winning freelance          Parenting;exhibits regionally.
Instructor, Carnegie Mellon                                      writer of industrial video-
University; published re-                                        tapes, television commer-
gionally and nationally;                                         cials and documentaries;
exhibited regionally.                                            award winning playwright.




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                                                                                                                Faculty

Seth Kenlon                       Nancy Mosser                    Mary Rawson                          Dylan Vitone
Designer of render tests          B.A. Speech Communi-            M . F. A . T h e a t r e A r t s :   MFA Massachusetts
for Final Cut and Xserve          cations, Broadcasting,          Acting, Point Park Univer-           College of Art. Assis-
for Apple Inc, multimedia         Penn State University.          sity.Independent filmmaker           tant Professor, Carnegie
artist, journalist, filmmaker,    Owner/Casting Director,         and Emmy award-winner.               Mellon University; exhibits
writer, package maintainer        Nancy Mosser Casting; TV/       Writer/producer of dramas            nationally and regionally at
for Slackbuilds and Slack-        Film Production; casting of     and documentaries shown              Museum of Fine Art Florida
ermedia Linux                     actors and extras for feature   on PBS and A&E. Film,                State University, Notre
                                  films, television movies and    television, and stage actor.         Dame University, Blue Sky
Brady Lewis                       programs, national, regional    Improv performer, broadcast          Gallery, Sean Kelly Gallery;
B.F.A., Film and Televi-          and local commercials,          coach, member of Pitts-              2004 fellowship winner,
sion, New York University.        websites, and corporate         burgh Playhouse Repertory            Silver Eye Center for Pho-
PittsburghEFilmmakers’            communications.                 Company, and Cousin Mary             tography.
Director of Education; Two-                                       on Mister Rogers’ Neighbor-
time NEA Fellow; seven-           Dean Mougianis                  hood. Proud member of                Ralph Vituccio
time Mid-Atlantic Fellow;         B.A., University of Pitts-      AFTRA, EQUITY and SAG.               B.S., Communications
panelist for several state        burgh. Freelance video                                               and Psychology, Univer-
and regional Arts Councils        producer, editor and writer;    Robert Rutkowski                     sity of Pittsburgh. Pro-
and the NEA; independent          computer animator; former       B.S., Engineering, Rens-             ducer/Director, Film and
producer of motion picture        station manager WYEP-           selaer Polytechnic Insti-            Video, Carnegie Mellon
optical effects; co-author        FM 91.3.                        tute. Partner, The Magic             University. Award-winning
of Shot By Shot: A Practi-                                        Lantern, a film/video pro-           videographer.
cal Guide to Filmmaking;          Carol O’Sullivan                duction company; writer,
internationally exhibited         B.A., Film Studies, Univer-     producer, director.                  Bill Wade
award-winning short and           sity of Pittsburgh. Adjunct                                          B.F.A., Communications,
feature filmmaker.                Assistant Professor of Film     Michael Schwab                       Ohio University. Staff
Zsuzsi Matolcsy                   History at LaRoche College;     B.F.A., Kansas City Art              photographer, Pittsburgh
MFA, photography, Maine           former Assistant Curator        Institute. Owner, Kensing-           Post-Gazette; freelance
Media College. PA Council         of Film and Video at The        ton Falls Animation Motion           photographer; exhibited
on the Arts Fellow. Exhibited     Carnegie Museum of Art;         Picture Production; producer,        internationally; PA Council
locally, nationally and inter-    freelance writer.               director, animator; instruc-         on the Arts Fellow; twice
nationally; included in the                                       tor at the Art Institute of          named PA Press Photogra-
collections of the Carnegie       Mark Perrott                    Pittsburgh.                          pher of the Year.
Museum of Art and the State       B.F.A., Carnegie Mellon
Museum of Pennsylvania.           University. Fine art and        Ivette Spradlin                      Will Zavala
                                  commercial photographer;        M.F.A. Tyler School of Art.          MA, Stanford Univer-
William (Buzz) Miller             exhibits nationally and         Photographer and multi-              sity. Media producer &
B.A., University of Pitts-        internationally; included       media artist. Exhibited              freelancer specializing in
burgh. Freelance videogra-        in the collections of the       nationally and internation-          documentaries; works with
pher, editor and AV systems       San Francisco Museum of         ally.                                business and institutional
integrator; Installation artist   Art, the Brooklyn Museum                                             clients, has credits on pro-
and video designer for live       of Art and the Baltimore        Brian Staszel                        ductions for ITVS, PBS,
performance; recent col-          Museum of Art; published        B.F.A., Film and Televi-             MTV, and HBO. Film/video
laborators include Attack         two monographs of his           sion, NewMYorkMUniver-               artist, exhibited in festivals
Theatre and Squonk Opera.         photographs, Eliza and          sity. IndependentMwriter-            nationally, internationally
Formerly designed and inte-       Hope Abandoned.                 director; award-winningM             and on public television.
grated multimedia into live                                       filmmaker; interactiveM-
science demonstrations at         Tom Persinger                   multimedia designer and              Nancy Zielinski
Carnegie Science Center.          BGS, Kent State Univer-         videographer for Carnegie            M.A. History of Art and
                                  sity. Photographer, writer,     Mellon’s Robotics Institute.         Architecture, University
Jeff Monahan                      curator, and founder of f295,                                        of Pittsburgh. Graduate
Writers Guild of America,         an international photogra-      Kaoru Tohara                         Certificate, Multimedia,
Actor ’s Equity, Screen           phy organization; exhibited     M.F.A., Photography,                 Duquesne University. In-
Actors Guild, American Fed-       in numerous galleries in the    Indiana University. Award            structor University of Pitts-
eration of Television and         US and Europe; published        winning fine art photogra-           burgh; exhibits regionally.
Radio Artists; feature films      in Photographic Possibilities   pher; exhibits regionally and
writer, professional actor,       (3rd Edition), Afterimage,      nationally.
(Lone Star, Bruiser, Target       Ag, Black and White Pho-
Earth); screenwriter, Hits, w/    tography (UK), PhotoEd,
Martin Sheen and Spree w/         and View Camera; member
Michael Ironside; Instructor,     of Freestyle Photographic’s
N.Y.U. and Carnegie Mellon        Advisory Board of Photo-
University.                       graphic Professionals



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