Film and Video Production


The Senior Thesis/Project Seminar class is limited to students with a Junior/Senior standing and permission of instructor. Students must complete a proposal and detailed timeline (see specifics below) and submit it to the instructor prior to registration.  A permit is required for registration.

Fall 2015 - Professor John Schmit

Winter 2016 - Professor Kim Roberts

All work will go through proposal (including a timeline), draft and revision process. All work will have self-critique as well as peer and instructor critique.

The seminar is limited to 12 students per semester. Junior standing and permission of instructor required. No incompletes will be given.


Course Objectives:

- develop a thesis paper, script, film or video project that demonstrates depth and

- develop planning and implementation skills

- develop skills in critiquing production and written work and works-in-progress

- to consider current ethical issues facing our fields

- to develop networking opportunities with professionals in the chosen area of emphasis

- to develop interviewing and other related employment seeking skills


- Individual* projects must adhere to the following length parameters:

- Video or Film projects: Maximum of 12 minutes in length, must screen in end-of-semester showcase

- Animation: Maximum of 5 minutes in Length - must screen in end-of-semester showcase

- Script: Maximum 30 pages in length and must be a complete script

- Thesis: 20-25 pages in length

- New Media (Website, projection mapping, interactive video, etc.) approved by instructor- must display at end-of-semester showcase

* Collaborative projects are possible.  Consult with the instructor in advance if you are 
   interested in proposing a collaborative senior project.


1. Describe your proposed project.

2. Provide a detailed draft of proposed production timeline.

3. What is your background and experience: what has given you the skills and
    grounding to succeed at this project?

4. What is your biggest challenge in undertaking this project?

5. Include a list of equipment and facilities needed to complete the project.

It is recommended that you meet with the faculty member and others  to get feedback on your proposal.

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