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Joni Varner

Cinema 2 Class Schedule & Syllabus: Fall 2019

Cinema 2 Syllabus "Beginning Motion Picture Workshop"

Day Section 16421/4: Professor Shields: Thursday 11:10 am - 4:20 pm 
Night Section 16433/7: Professor Shields Thursday 5:15 pm - 10:30 pm

Day Section 16427/9: Professor Varner: Thursday 11:10 am - 4:20 pm  
Night Section 16442/6: Professor Varner Thursday 5:15 pm - 10:30 pm

Note: Some class meetings both Varner & Shields will meet together, some meetings separately

Class Dates:

August 29

Class Introduction, Syllabus and Project 1 Assignment, Equipment Check Out Form 

September 05

Before you begin production workshop, Camera & Tripod Demo, Group Workshops, (First day to check out equipment CC#220) 

September 12

Assign Project 2, Shooting Permits Info, Special Guest Speaker 

September 19 & 26

Project 1 is Due on 9/19 (Project 1 viewed in class on both 9/19 and 9/26) Separate classes.

Project 1 Assignment Information 

October 03

Storyboard Due for Project 2 & Editing lab workshop both classes. (first day of editing lab access CC#220)

October 10 & 17

Editing Lab Workshops CC#220 both classes. Equipment checkout.

October 24 - PROJECT #2 Due and Screened

Project 2 Due on 10/24 (viewing in class) Separate classes
Project 2 Assignment Information

October 31 

Storyboard/Script Due for Project 3 (Project 2 viewing continues Separate classes​)

November 07 & 14

Special Instruction on sound and documentary filmmaking plus guest speakers  

November 21 - PROJECT #3 Due and Screened

Project 3 Due (view in class) (Last day to check out equipment)

Project 3 Assignment Information


December 05 - Last Class Meeting (All work due and screened) viewing & voting for End of Semester Student Screenings.

Please join us on Tuesday & Wednesday December 11th & 12th in the classroom for our student selected "End of Semester Screenings" @ 6:30. (Same show both nights)

Cinema 2 Syllabus Information 

  • Cinema 2 is an introductory workshop in practical filmmaking. Each student will be responsible for making several individual short films in digital video. This course provides an introduction to the theory, terminology and operation of single camera video production, including composition and editing techniques, camera and recorder operation, portable lighting, audio control and basic editing. This course focuses on the aesthetics and fundamentals of storyboarding, producing, directing for location, single camera production as well as postproduction and exhibition. This class leads to LACC certificates in Cinema and Video Production.
  • Using the digital video production format, each student will make and submit three original cinema projects during the semester. This class is a practical, hands-on workshop; class time is generally devoted to equipment orientation, basic production methods, equipment & laboratory access, and the screening and evaluation of student films. Cinema 1, the lecture class on motion picture production, which meets on Wednesdays, and is also taught by Professor Varner, is strongly recommended as a supplement to Cinema 2. Although Cinema 1 & 2 can be taken together or separately, both are required of first semester majors - open to all other interested students.
  • Student Learning Outcomes: SLO 1: Produce digital video projects with picture, sound & editing. 
  SLO 2: Prepare preproduction storyboards & post production addition of titles & mixed soundtracks on two video projects. SLO 3: Instruct the student that as a communicator comes moral and ethical responsibility.
  • To complete enrollment in Cinema 2 it is the student’s responsibility to:
    • Register for the class properly and appear on school class list. Bring current valid photo ID and Cub card to class the first two weeks. 
Complete Cinema 2 class forms and paperwork.
  • To maintain eligibility in Cinema 2, the student must:
    • Attend class each week and sign the roll sheet.
    • Obey all equipment use, laboratory use and screening room rules and hours.
  • To complete Cinema 2 with a passing grade, the student must:
    • Maintain enrollment and attendance. 
 Complete three (3) digital cinema projects, with slated outtake shots on projects #2 and #3. Screen all three of these projects during designated screening periods to the class. Once a project is turned in to the teacher, no more changes are permitted. The project copy you turn in is the one screened and graded. (Mpeg4) .mp4 is the preferred format, QuickTime (.mov) also OK. Must be on a flash drive (thumb) or SHDC card.

Class Projects Information

(Length: 5:00 or less)
60 points
(Length: Min 3:00 – 6:00 Max)
120 points
(Length: Min 3:00 – 6:00 Max)
120 points
Minus Points

  (Points: ~270-300=A, ~240-269=B, ~210-239=C, ~180-209=D, ~179 & Below=F)

  • The course grade depends on the total number of points earned during the semester. You must personally make and show to the class, during class time, three (3) cinema projects to pass this course. Each project carries points, and there are also points for submission of preproduction materials. Points will be lost due to unexcused class absences & missed due dates. All students on the roster after the last drop date, (fall semester: 11/17) who do not complete & submit all three projects, will receive a failing grade.

  • Attendance is required every Thursday. Each student enrolls in an individual day or night section. Students may attend other Cinema 2 sections classroom periods with instructor permission and as space permits. You may attend the evening Cinema 2 section (with the same instructor) if you are unable to go to your regularly scheduled day class and vice versa. Leaving early will result in point loss, you will be voting on your classmates’ projects each screening week.

  • According to LACC procedure a student can be excluded after 2 absences from this class. In the event of illness or other circumstances beyond a student's control a student must notify the instructor by email or phone to keep from being dropped. A later meeting can determine if too much work or information has been missed to continue the class. It the student's responsibility to sign the roll sheet for each class meeting - if you do not sign, you will be counted absent.

  • If a student stops attending a class it is the student's responsibility to officially drop the class in order not to receive a failing grade at the end of the semester (can be done through the SIS Web portal). Disruptive behavior can result in the expulsion of the student from class. Consult the current LACC Academic Calendar for its information concerning Holidays, Drop Dates, etc.

Important! Drop Date Information

The deadline to drop without a “W” is the first day of Week 3 (of the semester), OR Sunday, September 8 for Fall 2019. If you must drop a course, drop before the specified deadline for dropping a class without a grade of "W." Dropping after Week 2 will result in a “W” on your transcript. Effective July 1, 2012 students will only have 3 attempts to pass a class. If a student gets a "W" or grade of "D", "F", “I”, or "NP" in a class, that will count as an attempt. A student's past record of course attempts district wide will also be considered. Therefore, before the end of Week 2 you should carefully consider if you can reasonably manage this course with the other factors in your life (e.g. work, family, course load). If you think you will not be able to complete this course with a C or better, drop by this date: Sunday, November 17 for Fall 2019. This is the last day to drop WITH a "W" grade. If you have any questions, email the teacher before that date. You may also see a counselor in the Counseling Center in the new LACC Student Services Building.

General LACC Information 

  • If you need help paying for books and other college expenses, call the Financial Aid Office at (323) 953-4000 extension 2010, or see them at the new LACC Student Services Building or on the website: LACC Office of Financial Aid
  • At the beginning of each primary semester the LACC Foundation has a textbook loan program. Pick up an application at the LACC Foundation Office: Third Floor of the Student Union. Vouchers up to $350 for books will be given to qualifying students within the first two weeks of the semester.
  • If you need special testing contact: Office Of Special Services: Student Services Building Students with a verified disability who may need authorized accommodation(s) for this class are encouraged to notify the instructor and the Office of Special Services (323-953-4000, ext. 2270) as soon as possible, at least two weeks before any exam or quiz. All information will remain confidential.
  • If you are a Military Veteran, visit the LACC Veteran's Resource Center in the LACC Student Union Building, 2nd floor room 218, call (323) 953-4000 Ext. 2125, or email for the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education.
  • The LACC Campus Child Development Center is an on-campus preschool and school-age program for children of LACC students. Priority is given to full-time (12 units) students. Children two-six up to 5 years of age are eligilable for the preschool program. An evening school-age childcare program is available for children from kindergarten through age 10. The location is directly behind the Communications building. Contact the Center at 323-953-4000 ext. 2220.
  • LACC Extended Oppoprtunity Program is a specialy funded program for first time college students
  • LACC Ralph Bunche Scholars Program  is a special program for LACC students who want to transfer to a four year college. The program provides money and special classes to help students transfer into the college of their dreams.
  • Get Microsoft Office™ for your computer as an LACCD student.
  • Get a semester long MTA U-Pass for students for Metro rides all semester.
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