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Learn the elements and stages to producing films outside of the U.S. Topics include: film commissions, financing, locations and climate, facilities, budgets, unions and working practices, co-production treaties, and local partners and distributors.
Understand the basic fundamentals of acting including the physical and mental preparation that enable you to successfully perform exercises and group work.
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 407.45
Explore basic concepts of the Meisner approach to acting with a focus on creating and living in imaginary circumstances.
Format: Remote Instruction
Learn the technical and emotional adjustments required for working in front of the camera in a relaxed and truthful way and developing intimacy with the camera.
Format: Remote Instruction
Enhance your screen acting skills with the second course on acting for the camera. Dive deeper into the nuances of on-camera techniques by practicing performances from TV scripts and learning about blocking and continuity.
THEATER X 406.51
Primarily for nonactors (as well as beginning actors), use professional acting techniques in a supportive environment. Experience the unfolding of your full potential for self-expression and personal presentation.
FILM TV X 477.85
Introduce yourself to Adobe After Effects and learn to produce projects similar to those found in the real entertainment media world of digital effects and animation.
FILM TV X 477.851
Discover how to bring animated stories to life by exploring professional animation tools using Adobe Creative Cloud and applying those tools to assemble your own video story.
FILM TV X 476.12B
In this capstone course of the Directing Certificate Program, improve your filmmaking skills through the creation of a short film that is screened for an invited audience after the end of the course.
Format: Hybrid
FILM TV X 479.302
Gain experience and expertise with each of the principal camera formats in use for productions today.
Format: Online
FILM TV X 478.086
Explore emerging trends and business practices in the new media landscape and learn to evaluate the strategies needed to create successful user-based content in this surging market.
Learn how to create a public face and promotional platform for your creative content using relevant video platforms, social media, and available website creation tools. The goal is to create an individual presentation plan.
Format: Online
FILM TV 701.4
This seminar is ideal for anyone who is considering purchasing a camera while studying filmmaking. There will be a Q&A, so attendees can have their questions answered about the best camera for their specific situations.
MGMT X 448.84
A general overview of intellectual property rights with a focus on copyright law and its role in the film, music, and digital online industries, including such related areas as celebrity endorsements and branding.
Format: Online
Understand the various reality/non-fiction TV formats and prepare to conceptualize your own reality series for various television outlets including network, syndication, cable, and Internet.
In this workshop you will learn how to effectively audition and interview for roles. You will learn how to perform for cameras, make instinctive and better choices, confront audition fears, and create trust in the audition.
FILM TV X 476.243
Learn the development process for short films with a focus on developing a short film treatment. At the end of the course you will have honed your idea and have a final short script or treatment ready for shooting.
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 478.432
This deep-dive into the various stages of development, production, and distribution for unscripted television will help you develop an idea into a project that is ready to pitch. 
Format: Hybrid
FILM TV X 475.44
Learn to recognize and apply the directorial skills for a successful artistic collaboration with performers. You will select one dramatic and one comic scene then cast, rehearse, and present the scenes in class.
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 476.95
As the first hands-on course in the directing series, you complete four short films using your own video camera. Instruction focuses on the basic building blocks of narrative filmmaking
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 476.95B
In the second part of the Directing Workshop series, participants complete short narrative films using their own digital video camera, focusing on essential elements of dramatic structure and character development.
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 478.481
In this course, you focus on the creative aspects of writing, directing, and shooting documentaries in this ever-growing, multi-platform entertainment marketplace through lectures, discussions, and practical exercises.
FILM TV X 478.311
Starting at an easy to follow introductory level, this hands-on course will guide you through even the most advanced features of this professional editing software.
MGMT X 403.34
This course covers the financial aspects of each step of the motion picture value chain (from development through profit participation) and considers the implications of financial choices.
Format: Online
The Entertainment Studies Certificate Student Orientation is a resource for all new certificate students.  It will include a live orientation, recordings and other resources for you to access throughout the quarter. 
Format: Information Session
FILM TV 705.1
Learn about how Entertainment Studies can help you achieve your creative and professional goals in this informative and interactive session.
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 499.2
Gain firsthand experience in the entertainment industry through an internship in your chosen field. Only candidates in certificate programs are eligible for internship credit.
Format: Independent Study/Internship
THEATER X 407.78
Gain experiential understanding of improvisational acting and develop a strong improvisational perspective essential to scripted work through theater games and improvising scenes.
Format: Remote Instruction
MGMT X 403.33
Gain an understanding of a wide variety of financial models for funding an entertainment project, exploring the advantages and disadvantages of each.
FILM TV X 499.5
This independent study option offers students the opportunity to work on their own film projects with the mentorship of a UCLA Extension instructor. This program is available upon discussion with an Entertainment Studies student advisor . 
THEATER X 407.42
Learn the historic Stanislavski acting method combining the physical and emotional spheres to build an authentic character and true inner life, as well as how this method becomes the basis of many other acting techniques.
Format: Remote Instruction
Learn the art of selling your project to studios, production and sales companies, indie distributors and the like through understanding how buyers, known as acquisitions execs, evaluate the "worth" of your project.
FILM TV X 477.84
Begin your path to mastering Adobe Premiere, an industry standard editing software used for feature films, music videos, and docs. Learn critical editing techniques such as compositing tilting, motion graphics, and more.
Format: Online
FILM TV X 478.27A
An introduction to the fundamental tools and principles used by the cinematographer to create digital or film images generated from the context of the story.
FILM TV X 476.37
Find out how to translate your behind-the-camera film directorial skills to the world of TV, with insight into the landscape of cable and network television and the entire process of directing an episode.
FILM TV X 476.894
Discover the multifaceted world of feature film development from positions of executives and readers, to tracking talent and networking, as well as analyzing/reading scripts, coverage, and developing your own pitches/ideas.
MGMT X 403.01
Explore key legal principles and contractual relationships within film and television. Develop a core understanding of subjects including idea protection, copyright, defamation, privacy, and the right of publicity.
Format: Online | Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 478.283
Gain a stronger sense of lighting and its impact in motion pictures through lectures, workshops, and assignments. Discover different lighting styles and techniques, specifically tailoring them to story and emotional impact.
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 476.6
Learn techniques and theories examining all phases of the low-budget filmmaking process, from development to production to post-production, and how to translate a minimum budget into maximum quality on screen.
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 476.39
Understand the steps for creating your first successful short film, whether you are an aspiring director, writer, or producer. Learn the process, from pre-production all the way to post, followed by film screenings and more.
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 475.22
In the powerful world of short-form documentary, discover how to bring to light meaningful stories on many different platforms through lectures, discussions with guest speakers, and the completion of your own short-form doc.
MGMT X 476.99
Learn the global strategies and platforms necessary to successfully profit from a film such as branding your property effectively, distribution procedures, and the power of cutting-edge social media outreach and research.
MGMT X 403.61
Learn how to find domestic and overseas distribution for theatrical, television, DVD, and alternative markets by gaining knowledge on how to craft a distribution strategy from the earliest stages of project development.
Format: Online
FILM TV X 479.088
Delve into the industry standard producing software Movie Magic and explore how to effectively create real production budgets, schedules, and other organizational procedures necessary for physical production
Format: Online
For those considering the lucrative field of TV commercials, or those simply seeking to improve communication skills, this course teaches auditioning, recording exercises, and other ways to improve form.
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 407.51
Polish your ability to define your creative vision, communicate who you are, and present your work with precision, clarity, and lasting impact. This workshop is appropriate for actors, directors, writers, and anyone striving to pitch their story.
Non-native speakers of American English hone their craft and learn to perform credibly in mainstream America to achieve a seamless accent shift without calling attention to itself or get in the way of the acting.
Emphasizing how new technologies continue to impact post-production, this course examines the post-production process for film and television. May include guest speakers.
Format: Remote Instruction | Online
This survey course presents an overview of the real-world aspects of producing as practiced in the various sectors of filmed entertainment from script development through pre-production and production.
Format: Online | Remote Instruction
FILM TV 701.3
Explore how to navigate the auditioning process in today’s online casting environment by learning how to assemble a self-produced audition tape or conduct a live virtual audition. 
From concept to completion, learn to produce commercials for TV as well as for all integrated marketing platforms (video games, cinema, Internet, TV, and cell phones).
FILM TV X 478.733
Explore the stylistic and narrative, as well as technical and business approaches to successful documentary filmmaking from inception to distribution, and create your own project proposal based on the strategies learned.
Format: Remote Instruction
MGMT X 404.2
Learn what it takes to handle all the financial controls of a film and television production including setting up accounts and purchase orders, accurate reporting of finances, and knowledge of signatory guilds and unions.
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 476.271
Find out how to understand and utilize the nuances of sound design from production to post-production including equipment instructing, listening demonstrations, microphone characteristics, editing/mixing, and more.
Gain a comprehensive understanding of the tools needed to excel in TV and radio commercials, animation, narration for documentaries, and other areas of voice-over work.
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 476.395
Your smartphone camera can produce film-quality video content. Suitable for aspiring filmmakers, entrepreneurs, storytellers, social media content creators, this workshop shows you how to work with ambient light to capture film-quality video, and use it in your production.
MGMT X 402.32
A practical primer on starting a business, staying in business, and thriving, whether in motion pictures, television, or another entertainment industry venture.
FILM TV X 476.22
Comprehensive overview of story analysis and the tools used by the professional reader. Throughout the course, you learn and practice coverage skills while gaining an understanding of the elements of story.
Format: Online | Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 476.244
Producers, development executives, directors, and writers gain practical experience adapting and developing their own stories for motion pictures, movies-of-the-week, and miniseries.
Format: Online | Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 479.482
Delve into the world of television development and learn how to successfully grow your idea into a full-formed pitch that is ready to sell. This class will focus on assessing the TV marketplace and crafting your pitch.
Format: Remote Instruction
This workshop is designed for producers, development executives, and writers seeking to understand all the elements that go into an original series proposal for television from the original idea to a completed pitch.
Gain acting tools and techniques to help you create true-to-life characters with emotional depth in this workshop, by learning how to draw emotional material from tools that are both external and internal to the actor.
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 476.022
Understand how to produce a film from buying/development all the way to release/marketing, including each stage of development, their affect on the other stages, and how the producer is conducive of their interdependency.
FILM TV X 479.613
Explore the aesthetics and craftsmanship necessary to edit film successfully including the artistry of editing performance, pacing, action, and continuity through extensive study and practice with editing systems
Format: Online
FILM TV X 478.13A
Gain an understanding of the boots-on-the-ground work of physical production through the various tasks of a line producer such as creating a budget, location scouting, hiring crew, and everything in between.
Format: Online
MGMT X 403.31
This introductory course examines the changing business issues associated with the entertainment industry through lectures, discussions with industry guests, and case studies.
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 478.282
 Master the application of the principles and techniques of cinematography in this capstone course by executing short film assignments as well as through lectures, discussions, and hands-on workshops that test your creativity and adaptability.
FILM TV X 478.9
This overview course gives the aspiring director a comprehensive practical understanding of the film director's craft—the language, grammar, and tools of the medium from the first script reading to post-production.
FILM TV X 476.581
Learn the many components of film language used by great directors to tell their stories in the most effective way. Analyze shooting and editing techniques employed by the best filmmakers of all time.
Format: Remote Instruction | Online
FILM TV X 478.301
Discover the changing, necessary role of the Digital Imaging Technician (DIT), how crucial it is in helping the director of photography, and the growing entry-level opportunities for every kind of production.
FILM TV X 438.40
This interactive course provides you with career strategies that help generate audition opportunities and skills that can increase your ability to book the job.
FILM TV X 476.242
Focus on story components that make for a good movie. Identify the various film genres and how style, form, content, mood, camera work, lighting, and pacing work together to deliver a satisfying cinematic experience.
Format: Online
FILM TV X 478.27B
Advance your skills as a cinematographer with this hands-on course. Learn pre and on-set visualization with a particular emphasis on digital exposure, composition and framing. Weekly exercises and workshops will help to enhance your skills.
THEATER X 422.12
This holistic approach to movement, voice, and speech aims at liberating and enhancing the performer's natural capacity for moving, sounding, and speaking as applied to performance on camera.
FILM TV 702.1
In this seminar, learn tips on what works on-camera so that you are free to hold your meeting, audition, pitch or job interview with full confidence and without distraction. Gain tools to effectively present yourself seemingly effortlessly.
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