Communication | Digital Filmmaking and TV Production

Digital Filmmaking and TV Production

This emphasis area focuses on independent film production and/or television production.

Students enrolled in the film production sequence (COMM 228, 328, 428 and 488) regularly conceive ideas, develop scripts and explore fictional /non-fictional characters through the production process.   From originally scripted, short-filmmaking, to real-life film personal portraits, both graduates and current students of this program work in the entertainment industry, gain acceptance within film graduate programs, compete in festivals, produce media campaigns, commercials and most importantly, obtain the foundations to create compelling film-works for traditional and non-traditional distribution.

Students enrolled in the television production sequence may get entry level positions in the areas of commercial television, cable, and video production houses. You will also develop skills to work in the field of media production in public relations and organizational communication. After completing the four course series (COMM 227, 327, 427 and 487) you will be able to work in field as well as studio production in pre- and post-production, produce non-fiction projects and television-related content.


(All are 3 credits)

COMM 227 Introduction to TV Production (or)

Introduce students to the terminology and workings of visual communication and broadcasting. Become acquainted with the structures and organization of TV stations and production houses. Practice basic hands-on production and storytelling and work across different media platforms. Learn about new trends in social media, run a youtube site and contribute to blogs.

COMM 228 Introduction to Digital Film Production

This course introduces students to filmmaking processes, techniques and technologies as powerful and creative tools for communication. Image creation, audio acquisition and post-production practices, conceive and investigate ideas, engage ina creative/critical process and utilize new media technologies to construct simple messages. Hands-on workshops, viewing of films and creating media.

COMM 231 Communication Technologies

Hands-on introduction of new technologies within this evolving field, utilizing and exploring communication and publication technologies for print and/or online channels. Participation in the creative process while developing needed technical skills tied to design and content creation.

COMM 230 Introduction to Mass Media

Study of the structure, roles and processes of the mass media. Primary emphasis is on radio, television and film. Examination of effects on society. CSUS Common Course.

COMM 255 Visual Communication (or)

Introduces the codes and conventions of visual communication through the study of photography, paintings, advertising campaigns, television, video, film and the web. Addresses the role of visual culture in a (multi)media immersed public domain.

COMM 220 Introduction to History of Film

Survey of 100 years of movies from all over the world. Emphasizes the development of film as a narrative art, using films that are breakthroughs in creative expression and audience involvement.

COMM 336 Media Literacy

A review of current changes in philosophy, content, and processes in media use and application as this use affects society and its value system.

Students must take at least 3 courses from the list below; all are 4 credits unless noted.
Students should complete COMM 227 or 228 prior to taking any of these additional courses.

COMM 327 TV Production

This course offers an introduction to field studio production. Foundations of television production (use of equipment, lighting, audio, scripting, new media, pre-production, production and post production editing).

COMM 328 Digital Film Production I

Expands and explores the creation of ideas, characters and conflicts through the production process. Students advance their methods of visual coverage, engage in audio acquisition, while also testing and developing their ideas through the pre-production, production and post production process. This course is geared for those interested in documentary production, independent filmmaking and/or commercial advertising.

COMM 329 Screenwriting

Development of critical thinking and debate skills as a basis for thoughtful and effective communication. Analysis of arguments and persuasive appeals.

COMM 345 Writing for Electronic Media

How to research, create, write, and produce news stories and narratives for broadcast and web-based media.

COMM 427 Studio Production

This studio-based course enhances production skills in both the field and studio. Emphasis on story conception, development and scripting . Enhance skills in cinematography, directing, lighting design, non-linear editing and audio acquisition in such genres as news, graphics, animation and other aspects of live television.

COMM 428 Digital Film Production II

Advance and diversify storytelling techniques, filmmaking skills and methods of collaboration through field production and scripted recreation. Confronting and overcoming complicated issues and obstacles of live production, while also incorporating aspects of directed work, develops a filmmakers technical, aesthetic and critical abilities within both documentary and fictional filmmaking. Students cast, collaborate, explore, interview and direct truthful, thematically relevant and visually rich recreations. This work also includes aspects of sound design, style and ethical issues related to interpretation.

COMM 485 Topics in Media and Culture

Knowledge, attitude, and behavior-change strategies related to environmental and natural resource conservation issues. Coercive, incentive based, and communication-based change strategies will be contrasted. Additional written work will be required for graduate students.

COMM 487 TV Documentary

Building upon a broad overview of the history of television documentary, both in the United States and overseas, the projects in the course are production centered: two mini documentaries will be produced by individuals in the class. Students are asked to also analyze chosen documentary examples to develop a deeper understanding of the subject matter.

COMM 488 Film Documentary

Course is an advanced level production class in which students create an original, individually conceived documentary video. Project development, production, and editing techniques that are specific to documentary. Students learn advanced techniques of shooting and editing, audio and microphone techniques, field lighting, interviewing techniques, and documentary story structure. Students also learn how to develop voice and point-of-view as well as understand how to work within the various documentary genres.

COMM 490/492 Internship (3 - 6 credits)

Work in approved organization. Series of consultations and assigned readings and a final paper describing practical experiences in relation to theory are required.

COMM 493 Seminar in Communication

This capstone course for majors provides students with a structured environment in which to complete an independent research and/or mediated project.  Students will engage in peer workshops, and reflect upon the knowledge they have acquired in the discipline while honing their research and/or communication skills.

COMM 496 Field Studies in Communication (3 credits)

This course normally involves travel outside the United States. May be repeated for a maximum of nine credits.

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