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Film, Video, and Photography

Session III: COMM-070-033

July 15 - 19 with Presentations on July 20
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (12 - 1 p.m. lunch)

Fee: $1,000

In this class, students learn to write short-form narrative film screenplays using the standard three-act Hollywood movie structure. Students transform simple story ideas into eye grabbing log-lines, thirty-second elevator pitches and professionally structured screenplays with snappy dialog, distinct character profiles and strong visual scenes. Students also learn how to script-out their story beats, create well-defined obstacles for their characters and use conflict and emotional shifts to advance their stories. At the completion of this course, students pitch their screenplays for the opportunity to produce and direct their projects in the 16mm Narrative Production class.

Session I: COMM-070-019

June 18 - 28, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Session II: COMM-070-020

July 2 - 12, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Fee: $800

Write an original short script. Produce a video, including shooting, sound recording, and nonlinear editing on Final Cut Pro or Premiere. Collaboration with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival to produce short films. No prior experience required; students grouped by ability. Equipment provided.

Session I: COMM-070-003

June 18 - 28, 1 - 4 p.m. 

Fee: $800 

This interactive hands-on class focuses on the core skills for making great documentaries: how to determine a good story that needs to be told visually, how to film compelling interviews, how to capture dynamic real-life on location scenes, and how to shoot effective b-roll footage while making the most of a limited budget and time. Students will research, write produce and edit a final mini-doc and post it to the web.

Session I: COMM-070-017

June 18 - 28, 1 - 4 p.m.

Session II: COMM-070-018

July 2 - 12, 1 - 4 p.m.

Fee: $800

Capture peak action whether it's on the field, court, water or in a motion portrait session. Utilize your camera's features and learn advanced skills to create dynamic and attention-grabbing photos. Whether you have a DSLR or a camera-phone, master techniques to improve your sports photography for publication, social media and portfolio.

Session I: COMM-070-022

June 18 - 28, 1 - 4 p.m. 

Fee: $800

Develop skills actors need to work in Television and Film. Learn how to interpret a script, build a character, and hit your mark for a scene that is blocked for the camera shots. Explore physical and vocal aspects of character development. Learn how to adapt acting from stage to the camera. Actors are assigned a scene to memorize and prepare for filming. The scenes are double cast so the actors get to see other actors making different choices with their roles. Class meets with Directing for the Camera. 

Session II: COMM-070-024

July 2 - 12, 1 - 4 p.m. 

Fee: $800 

Learn the core concepts of animation production in this experiential course. Each student will have a computer and drawing tablet to practice computer-based and hands-on-techniques. Learn the fundamentals of drawing motions, character design, timing and syncing in animation, and cleanup. Go to our student work page to view examples.

Session I: COMM-070-013

July 2 - 12, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Fee: $800 

An introduction to 35mm black-and-white photography and basic darkroom techniques, this hands-on course covers both aesthetic and technical issues. Film and materials provided. Bring your own 35mm camera; we will provide one if requested in advance.

Session II: COMM-070-014

July 2 - 12, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Fee: $800 

If you have basic knowledge of 35mm photography or have completed 35mm Photography I, this course offers advanced training in lighting, composition, and black-and-white darkroom techniques. Film and darkroom materials provided. Bring your own 35mm camera; we will provide one if requested in advance.

Session I: COMM-070-005

June 18 - 28, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Fee: $800 

In conjunction with Nature’s Best Photography magazine and Nature’s Best Photography Students Online, explore techniques for photographing animal, plant, and environmental subjects. Attend discussions with editors and photographers from NBP and NBP Students Online. Go on field trips to museums and nature preserves. Assemble a portfolio and take advantage of the opportunity to publish your images.

Session I: COMM-070-023

June 18 - 28, 1 - 4 p.m. 

Fee: $800 

How do you get the best from an actor on camera? When do you use the close-up? How should you block the scene for the greatest impact? In this active directing course refine your basic visual vocabulary and learn how to break down a script, communicate your ideas to those in front and behind the camera. You will have actors to work with and scenes that you are directing will also be produced by another director allowing you to see other directors making different decisions on how to film the scene and direct actors. Class meets with Acting for the Camera. 

Session II: COMM-070-130

July 2 - 12, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Fee: $800 

This course introduces you to the powerful potential of Adobe Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC and InDesign CC, where you will learn the tools for manipulating digital images for book covers or movie posters and for creating vector graphics for powerful branding packages and logos. Learn the basics of color and graphic design theory that will communicate your message through both streamlined graphic art and complex digital photo manipulation.

Session III: COMM-070-034

July 15 - 19 with presentation July  20

9 a.m - 4 p.m. (12 -1 p.m. lunch)

Fee: $1000

Learn intermediate and advanced photography techniques, editing, retouching of photographs in Adobe Lightroom CC. The manipulation of photographs in post-production is an important aspect of both commerical and contemporary art photography. Explore still life, portrait, selfie and action then choose a specialization for your final project.

Writing, Journalism, and Broadcasting

Session II: COMM-070-129

July 2 - 12, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Fee: $800

Learn to write vibrant, concise stories in this fast paced course. Explore the genre of flash fiction, and tap into your creativity through free-writing exercises. Polish your work through effective word choice, self-editing, and strengthening the emotional core of your story. Meet and interview published Flash Fiction Writers. Finished pieces critiqued in class.

Session I: COMM-070-015

June 18 - 28, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Session II: COMM-070-016

July 2 - 12, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Fee: $800

Learn and practice the basic requirements of newswriting and reporting, including interviewing, covering live events and developing your own story ideas. Learn how to distinguish between news and promotional writing. Discussions on ethics in journalism, fact-checking, and the ability to identify fake news are included as well as guest speakes and visits to local newsrooms.

Session II: COMM-070-025

July 2 - 12, 1 - 4 p.m.

Fee: $800

Learn about the emerging news landscape, the history of investigating people in power and powerful organizations, the 10 types of interview, and how to research an interview subject. The Washington Post and New York Times guest speakers will explain how they developed major investigative stories. Journalists will show you the latest in data and investigative journalism. In addition, discover comics journalism, sensor journalism and drone journalism.

Session I: COMM-070-002

June 18 - 28, 1 - 4 p.m.

Session II: COMM-070-012

July 2 - 12, 1 - 4 p.m.

Fee: $800

This course introduces you to the field of broadcast journalism and related legal, ethical, and technological issues. Develop interviewing, reporting, and writing skills. Produce a brief radio documentary or a television field report for your portfolio.

Session I: COMM-070-027

June 18 - 28, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Session II: COMM-070-028

July 2 - 12, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Fee: $800

Discover secrets of play-by-play commentary. Enhance your skills as a sportswriter. Students produce stand-ups at a Major League Baseball game, have press box seats to blog for a WNBA game and visit Comcast Sports NET and ESPN 980.

Session I: COMM-070-007

June 18 - 28, 1 - 4 p.m.

Fee: $800

Exploring imagery, metaphor and tone, learn to craft lyric and narrative poems in collaborative workshop enivrioment. Deepen your experience of poetry by learning how to read closely and write the best words in the best order. We will experiment in both free verse and forms to make your writing sing. Bring your favoirte poem to life in the Animation Class session 2.

 

Session III: COMM-070-035

July 15 - 19 with presentations July 20

Fee: $1000

You're the editor. Now what? Learn how to move your publication or section to the next level, how to manage your staff, how to deal with administratior, and what your rights are as a student journalist. This week-long intensive session is designed to give you the tools to take on a challenging job and the confidence to ask the right questions. Whether you're the editor of the entire publication, a section editor, or want to be an editor before you graduate, this workshop will teach you how to decide what to cover, how to make assignments, how to edit staff stories, how to write effective editorials, and how to determine when the First Amendment applies to your content.

Session III: COMM-070-036

July 15 - 19 with presentations on July 20

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (12 - 1 p.m. lunch)

Fee: $1000

Washington, D.C., is the news capital of the world, with major issues debated every day. Take your broadcast journalism skils to the next level with intensive training in videography, producing, video editing, research and story development, interviewing, writing and fact checking.  Practice delivering news in a clear and concise stand-up format with the U.S. Supreme Court, White House or Capitol Building as your backdrop. Produce and edit a segment for the final presentation. Your college portfolio will show you are serious about real news.

Communication

Session I: COMM-070-128

June 18 - 28, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Fee: $800

Television, film, theatre, music, sports, fashion, gaming... It's all entertainment today. Learn from experts in the field and understand the importance of messaging and why it's so important. Hear from experts in the field who have managed musical talent; have a backstage pass to New York's Fashion Week; arranged red carpet events and produced independent films. Previous class on location experiences have included a private tour of the Kennedy Center, the Motion Picture Association of America, and the Smithsonian. Final project is creating a movie trailer for students' short films.

Session I: COMM-070-006

June 18 - 28, 1 - 4 p.m.

Session II: COMM-070-011

July 2 - 12, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Fee: $800

We are in a 24/7 world. And with that comes the art of communication. Whether you are a company, a media outlet, a foreign government, or a non-governmental agency (NGO), learning how to communicate and articulate your message is crucial. This class will help you understand the importance of recognizing other's differences and how to communicate effectively. Students will have the opportunity to visit several embassies, and hear from experts from various global nonprofits including Amnesty International, the UN Foundation, and United Way, to name a few. In the past, the class has visited the Embassies of Italy, Japan, and Britain. Students in this class have developed campaigns as well as small videos about the work international organizations have done.

Session II: COMM-070-009

July 2 - 14,  1 - 4 p.m.

Fee: $800

What is Public Relations and why does everyone need it? Understand all aspects of the field and why having a "message" is vital. Hear from great publicists and communication experts from corporations, nonprofits, crisis firms and the political field. Past speakers have included reps from Mars Incorporated, the PR firm-Porter Novelli, Discovery Levick Communications, Neiman Marcus, USA Today, Discovery, and National Geography. Fina project involves working with a team and creating a video on an issue that is important to teens.

Session II: COMM-070-031

July 2 - 12, 1 - 4 p.m.

Fee: $800

Is there such thing as the best movie ever made? The worst? And what can we learn from the work of others. Learn to be discerning critics and to see valuable lessons in the good, the bad, and the ugly of cinema. Students in this class will become the film critic of a film of their own choosing and produce a review for radio or television.

Session II: COMM-070-032

July 2 - 12, 1 - 4 p.m.

Fee: $800

Learn how to interview and be interviewed. Meet with professionals at National Public Radio and learn techniques for getting subjects to talk. Learn successful strategies for crisis communication, celebrity interviews and telling your own newsworthy story. Students will have numerous opportunities to put theory into practice.

Session I: COMM-070-029

June 18 - 28, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Fee: $800

Develop confidence and skills for effective presentations. Learn strategies of audience analysis and how to overcome stage fright, manage visual aids, and understand the power of nonverbal messages. Students will giver several speeches during this course.

Session III: COMM-070-038

July 15 - 19 with presentations on July 20

9 a.m. -  4  p.m. (12 - 1 p.m. lunch)

Fee: $1000

Learn techniques of great podcasting from NPR and Smithsonian award winnng professionals while also learning how to critique a film from Washington Film Critics. Result in this intense 5 day experience?-Your own podcast featuring a film critique of your favorite, least favorite or quirky film.

Session III: COMM-070-037

July 15 - 19 with presentations on July 20

9 a.m. - 4 p.m (12 - 1 p.m. lunch)

Fee: $1000

The world is changing and so is the way we communicate. No matter how we live each day, we are part of a global community--from the foods we eat, the clothes we wear, where we travel, and what we buy--we are all part of a larger world--a global world. How do countries work together and how important is diplomatic relations? What may be acceptable in our country, may be offensive to another. From PR firms to big corporations, all have a strong presence overseas. Nearly 40 percent of business in some firms, is done outside the United States. There is a need for better communications, creativity and working together. In this course, we will visit several embassies, hear from both nonprofits and NGO'S (non-governmental agencies) that all have a global presence here and abroad. The course will also involve working closely with an organization and how important their "message" is. Students will create short visual messages including videos emphasizing the important work some of these organizations do. Some of these may include the UN Foundation, the World Wildlife Fund, Amnesty International, and the Peace Corps. This is an advanced class and students will have great access to several of these organizations and their top-notch employees and executives.