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Cinema / TV

Questions About Fall 2020

What is unique about fall semester 2020 in the Cinema/TV department?

All of our department’s classes will be offered in a distant education format, by request of the LACCD Chancellor's office.  This means students will not be attending any classes on the physical campus. Students will use the Canvas (Learning Management System) and the Zoom (Meeting System) in order to take their classes. Students do not have to acquire specific software for either of these systems, as they will be provided through the LACC student portal for every student.

Are the courses offered by the Cinema/TV department similar to those offered at other schools?  

Each class is uniquely formulated for you by our LACC professors in this department. Although the overall topics might be similar to other schools, none of our department’s classes will use completely premade publisher material. All classes will all be fresh for you for the fall semester and will replicate the Student Learning Outcomes and class objectives that a traditional face to face class at LACC provide.

What about the hands-on aspect of your Cinema/TV Program? 

Some of the hands-on aspects will be replicated in a virtual environment such as demonstrations on-camera and virtualized software like OBS. We will also focus on modern use of smartphones for video acquisition, editing and upload. During the pandemic, much of the live TV industry has moved away from studios and into home produced content with the use of prosumer equipment. We will be teaching these vitally needed skills for the current state of the industry during the pandemic.

What about specialized software needed for these classes? 

Our instructors will be focusing on free versions of existing industry software such as Avid Media Composer First and DaVinci Resolve Studio 16 Free. The Adobe Creative Cloud will be available at a low cost student price and/or as part of your class. 

For screenwriting: Celtx (free cloud-based software), and Final Draft and Movie Magic for screenwriting (both available via digital download only, with student discounts).

For any questions specific to the class you are taking, contact your instructor via email (if you are not yet enrolled or through Canvas (if you are already enrolled). Faculty & Staff

The class I want is full. How can I get enrolled?

The best thing to do is to check if there are other sections of the SAME class that are open. Since most of our classes are offered asynchronously you do not have to select a section on a specific  day and time as you would during a traditional face-to-face semester. 

If an additional section is not available, the best thing you can do is get on a waiting list through the student portal system. Make sure and contact your instructor via email Faculty & Staffto let them know of your interest. On the first day of fall classes (August 31, 2020), the instructors will be given permission codes to allow you to add the classes even though they appear full. The instructors will not have the permission codes until class begins, so, for now,  a waiting list is the best way you can indicate you would like to take a class. 

Will the LACC Cinema/TV building, stages, labs and equipment be available? 

We are following LACCD, local, state and Federal guidelines on in person safety during the time of COVID-19. We cannot provide access to any of these areas at this time. There may be portal equipment check-out. We are working on limited field equipment check-out for production classes: Cinema 2, 6, 9-1, 9-2, Cin 33/TV 55, Cinema 501. As conditions change, updates will be made directly to the students as the semester progresses.

Will classes return to the traditional classroom in 2021?

We will inform you when we have information from the LACCD Chancellor's Office and the LACC President’s office as to the nature of instruction in the future. For now, the remainder of 2020 classes and winter and spring 2021 classes will all be offered in the distance education format.

HOW will I “attend” these fall online classes?

Students will need a mobile device or computer with Internet access in order to be able to participate in these online classes. Go to the app store for your brand of smartphone to get the Canvas Student application.  Here is the link for assistance to students that might have not have internet access or computers.

WHEN will I “attend” these online classes?

Most of our Cinema/TV classes will be held in the asynchronous format. That means students can work on their assignments around-the-clock. Although there might be Zoom meetings scheduled, on specific days and times, most of our professors will provide recordings of the class meetings for those who can not attend “live”. If the class listing does NOT contain a time and day, then these are asynchronous. 

If my teacher holds a Zoom meeting  - do I have to attend?

It is up to the individual instructor who will give you directions once the semester begins. Most of our instructors will record the Zoom sessions so that they can be available later for students that are not able to attend at a specific day and time. Contact your instructor for more information concerning your classes’ schedule and requirements.

What about those classes that do have a day and time listed in the schedule, how will I “attend” these classes?

If the class IS listed with a specific time then it is a synchronous class and you need to make time in your weekly schedule to attend these meetings on Zoom. These are the classes that have scheduled fall semester meetings:

Synchronous Classes fall 2020 Cinema/TV (These meet on specific days and times)

Cinema 5* - Intro Screenwriting with Michele Gendelman (Wednesdays Thursdays: 11am - 2:00pm OR 3-6 pm)

Cinema 6* - Cinematography with Christopher Rossiter (Tuesdays 5 - 9:20 om OR Wednesdays: 1-5:20 pm)

Cinema 9-1 - Motion Picture Sound with Kenneth Thomas (Thursdays: 5 - 7:05 pm)

Cinema 9-2 - Audio Post Production ProTools™ with Kenneth Thomas (Fridays: noon - 4:20 pm)

Cinema 17 - Adv Post Production (Color with DaVinci™) - Christopher Rossiter  (Thursdays: 1-5:15 pm - first 8 weeks OR online asynchronous second 8 weeks)

Cinema 25 - Producing Feature Films - Daniel Nyiri (Wednesdays: 6:50-10 pm)

Cinema 501 - Media Aesthetics - Daniel Marlos (Wednesdays: 10 am - 12:05 pm) and Christopher Rossiter (Mondays: 5 pm - 7:05 pm)

Television 6* (Remote Production) and Television 7 (TV Announcing) -  Jen Vaughn TV (Wednesdays: 4 pm - 6:05 pm)

TV 9 - Intro TV Equipment - Kena Dorsey (Tuesdays: 6pm - 9:10 pm)

  • TV 25-1 & 2 - Michele Gendelman - Dramatic Screenwriting Levels 1 & 2:
    • For TV 25-1: Zoom workshops every Tuesday from 11:00 A.M. to 1:05 PM.
    • For TV 25-2: Zoom workshops every Tuesday from 3:00 P.M. to 5:05 PM. 

TV 46• - Jennifer Vaughn - TV Production - (Wednesdays: 1pm - 3:05 pm)

* These classes are intermediate or advanced and have prerequisite classes.

Click here for a list of asynchronous classes (don't have a specific day and time) Calendar of Classes & Events


What if I sign up for class and then can't complete it? 

You have until September 13 to drop a class with a full refund of tuition and without a W grade appearing on your transcript. If you are later in the semester making this decision students will have up until November 22nd  drop most class. This will put a W (withdraw grade) on your transcript, but it will not affect your grade point average or GPA. Refunds will not be possible at this late date. It is the student’s responsibility to drop the class through the student portal, if they can not complete.

How long do the classes last? 

Most of our classes are 16 weeks: (beginning August 31st -ending the week of December 14)

A few of our classes are 8 weeks: (begin 8/31 and end 10/25) OR (begin 10/25 and end 12/20)

Some of the Cinema/TV classes are being offered in the eight-week format.

These began on either August 31 or October 26. These classes offer the same amount of content, but are accelerated to finish in half of the normal amount of time. Classes that are offered fall 2020 that are eight weeks long include: Cinema 3 - History of Motion Pictures, Cinema 4 -  History of Documentary Films,  Cinema 17 - Advanced Post Production (Color), and Cinema 18 - Intro to Film Genres.

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