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Joni Varner

Cinema 2 Class Schedule & Syllabus: Spring 2020

Cinema 2 Syllabus "Beginning Motion Picture Workshop"

Varner & Dylan Shields Cinema 2 classes have migrated to online only. Check Canvas for ongoing information. Online meetings during class times. Look in Canvas for Zoom invite.

NEW ONLINE meeting times 1-2pm and 6-7 pm on Zoom through Canvas. You are not required to have a Zoom or Canvas account - it is all done through the student portal:

If you need help with Canvas, or logging into the Student Portal, call the toll-free Student Help Line at (844) 695-2223, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Spring 2020 (Class Meeting Times BEFORE the online transition)

Day Section 16015/7: Professor Shields: Thursday 11:10 am - 4:15 pm 
Night Section 16024/26 Professor Shields Thursday 5:15 pm - 10:20 pm

Day Section 16019/23 Professor Varner: Thursday 11:10 am - 4:15 pm  
Night Section 16027/31: Professor Varner Thursday 5:15 pm - 10:20 pm

Note: Both Cinema 2 night sections will have a starting time of 6 pm for group classroom activities for the semester. Classroom doors will be open and teachers available for individual consultation starting at 5:15 pm. 

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

Class Dates:

February 13

Introduction, Syllabus, Photocopy IDs, Project Examples, Assign Project 1, Ice Breaker

February 20

Preparation, Basic Shot Types, Framing & Composition, Camera Fundamentals, Basics of Assembling Shots; Development Workshop (Possible First day to check out equipment) 

February 27

Assign Project 2 and Review Project 1, Group Development Workshops, Project 1 Optional Workshop; (Equipment checkout & Editing Sign-Up) Possible Shooting Permits & Insurance

March 5

Basic Editing Workshop (optional) (Equipment checkin checkout)

March 12
Project 1 is Due/Screened* - (Shields and Varner classes meet separately)

Turn in two versions of Project 1: 1) slate footage & 2) continuity edited

Project 1 Assignment Information Link
NO CLASSES -  March 19 & 26 (new spring break dates)
On-Line April 02

Project 2 "Safer-at-home" ideas and Storyboarding

On-Line April 09 (formerly spring break)

Pictorial Continuity, Preproduction

On-Line April 16 - Storyboard Due for Project 2 - Turn in via CANVAS 

Screenwriting Fundamentals, Assign Project 3

On-Line April 23 - PROJECT #2 Due and On-Line Discussion 
Project 2 Assignment Information


On-Line April 30

How to do Pre-Production for Project Three - Discussion on Project 2 Due

On-Line May 07

Project 3 Storyboard Due PLUS 1) Script or 2) Shotlist or 3) Documentary Treatment

Project 3 Assignment Information
On-Line May 14 

Documentary & Sound Fundamentals

On-Line May 21 - PROJECT #3 Due - Discussion 
On-Line May 28 - Discussion on Projects 

Possible Virtual "End of Semester Screenings" (More information coming)

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 at the end of 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. 
    • Turn in files on a flash drive (thumb) or SDHC card: MPEG4 (Mpeg4) .mp4 filesvare preferred, QuickTime (.mov) is allowed.
    • The use of guns (real, toy or reproductions) are not allowed in any project in this class and will result the the refusal of the project for credit and no screening.

Class Projects Information

(Edited Length: 5:00 or less)
60 points
(Length: Min 3:00 – 6:00 Max)
100 points
(Length: Min 3:00 – 6:00 Max)
100 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, (spring semester: 05/10/20) who do not complete & submit all three projects, will receive a failing grade.

  •  (ONLINE CONFERENCES) 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, February 23 for Spring 2020. There will be a special emergency Drop for Spring 2020 only. 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, May 10 for Spring 2020. This is the last day to drop WITH a "W" grade. If you have any questions, email the teacher before that date. There will be a special emergency Drop for Spring 2020 only. 

General LACC Information 

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