Spring 2012
DM/Art/CSIS 140

Basic Digital Film/Video Production

Instructor: Robert Beede
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DM 140 students should be coming from the iLearn distance ed site. Please keep the iLearn site open in a window while you study the material on this or another web site. The actual exercises are on iLearn.. Help is available to the right on the iLearn page.

Class Schedule - Modules
This class is self-paced, relaxed schedule. You should, however, go through the material in a consistent-like manner. You may read this content without logging into iLearn. To get credit for the DM 140 course or use the Digital Media lab, you must register for a Digital Media course.

Studio DM (lab) Schedule
Enrollment in this class entitles you to use Gavilan video camcorders and lab computers to work through the material and produce your project.

Interested in other Digital Media classes?

Catalog Description

An online self-paced course covering the basics of film/video production and post production (editing) using "easy to use" computer software such as Apple's iMovie. Beneficial for students who are producing a video/film project as a requirement for another college course, extra skills development, or for self interest. Completion of the associated class or personal video project delivered on a DVD or other acceptable media using either your own video equipment or the equipment in the Digital Media Lab is required.

For those that want to learn advanced editing techniques and High Definition Video using professional level equipment, please enroll in DM 113, Digital Video/Audio. This class will require significantly more of your time.

Hardware/Software Tools

Material in this course will be available online in HTML format with tutorial movies in standards based-Quicktime (.mov/H.264) video files. No matter what computer and browser you are using, a Quicktime plug-in will be necessary. It is available at http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/mac.html or for Windows at http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/win.html. Using a standards-based internet browser like FireFox or Safari is also recommended although not absolutely necessary. Try what you are familar with first.

Studio DM (see next page) is equipped with dual Quad-Core processor, industry-standard Macintosh computers capable of doing professional level video editing, motion graphics, animation, and web, graphic, and sound design. This class is an introductory to basic film/video pre and post production, so we will use the iLife '09 Software Suite of tools (iMovie, iPhoto, iTunes, iWeb, and iDVD) that make it extremely easy to produce a complete fairly-professional looking movie to share via a DVD, Blue Ray disc. YouTube, or iPod/iPhone. In a recently published article in The San Jose Mercury, the author gave the iLife suite a rave review and said that there is nothing approaching it on a Windows platform. Nonetheless, there is software published by Sonic Solutions, Sony, Adobe Systems, and Pinnacle that can be used for this course if you so desire. Since it is impossible for us to keep up to date with all the different software on the market, you are somewhat on your own. Using Studio DM equipment while learning the techniques of digital film/video production will help you no matter what software you decide to use at a later date.


Robert Beede

Telephone: 408 848-4868.
Email: digitalmedia@gavilan.edu
Office: Business 123 on MT, 1:00 - 2:00 PM; Library 128 on WTh, 1:00 - 2:00 PM and by appointment on Th 2:00 - 3:00 PM and Friday 12:00 noon - 3:00 PM


Required: Books and study videos are available in Studio DM (Li 128).

Highly recommended for a more complete and intensive study of basic film making: Sherri Sheriden, Developing Short Digital Films, Pearson Education, published 2004, ISBN: 0-7357-1231-X.

Available from the Gavilan College Bookstore or see instructor.

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Students will be able to analyze a story and create needed steps such as script writing and storyboarding as part of pre-production.
  2. Students will critically analyze situations and artistically apply learned principles of movie producing such as camera position, lighting design, and on-screen movement.
  3. Students will rationally solve problems of organizing video material into a continuous and logical progression using computer software as a tool.
  4. Student will learn software for adding and/or creating audio/music material to a project so that it aesthetically enhances the visual content and storyline message.
  5. Students will apply principles of motion graphics by adding titles and effects using computer software.
  6. Students will critically review work and decide when it is complete and aesthetically pleasing.
  7. Students will demonstrate knowledge of DVD Authoring software by creating an interactive DVD for presenting their project.
Grades will be based on 4 quizes and evaluation of the final project. Make sure the project is submitted on a DVD either as video or an MP4 file, or other media along with the proper Yellow form that is available in Studio DM. One may elect to take this class for Credit/No credit.
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Last updated on Febuary 4, 2012

For more information, please contact
Robert Beede at rbeede@gavilan.edu