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The History of Hollywood Censorship

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Take a look at the history of censorship of Hollywood from pressures from progressive groups in films infancy, through the scandal rocked silent film era, the threat of boycotts in the Great Depression and turn from censorship to classification in the 1960s.Read More

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The Science and History of Popcorn

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For some, Popcorn and the Movies just go together. But it hasn’t always been that way. We look at the science and mechanics that make popcorn pop and trace the history of this ancient snack that ultimately rescued the film industry.Read More

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The History and Psychology of Horror

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Dissect the history of horror, from it’s roots deep in Gothic literature, through B-movie status and director’s proving grounds to ultimate respectability.Read More

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The Business of Watching Movies

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This course will cover the changing ways of how we consume and enjoy films.Read More

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Color as an Intrinsic Filmmaking Tool

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This course will explore the history and technology behind color in filmmaking. We’ll look at the science of how color and light work in our minds followed by a comprehensive history of color was implemented in the motion picture industry, from 2-color additive processes like Kinemacolor to 3-strip subtractive Technicolor and finally the take over Read MoreRead More

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The Mysterious Art of Slit Scan

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This course goes over the mysterious and sometimes forgotten art of Slit Scan for motion pictures, covering the effect created by Douglas Trumbull for Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey as well as using Time Displacement in Adobe After Effects to achieve similar effects.Read More

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History and Techniques of Modern Chromakey

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This course covers both the history of Chromakey (called “traveling mattes”) as well as the elements you need to focus on in order to get a great chroma key.Read More

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Everything You Need to Know About Aspect Ratio

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Aspect ratio is just a number describing the shape of the screen. But that number has a long history. Explore the changing shape of cinema over the years and learn a few techniques of composition for the modern widescreen aspect ratios.Read More

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The Essentials of Screenplay Formatting

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Screenwriting isn’t easy. Great story telling requires craft and insight – but it all starts with getting the proper formatting. Trace the roots of how the screenplay evolved from the earliest moving pictures, through the golden age of Hollywood and into the post-studio era. Also learn how to format your scripts in a professional industry standard.Read More

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The Evolution of Digital Non Linear Editing

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Follow the story of Non Linear editing as we trace the roots going all the way back to the dawn of television. See how kinescopes gave way to magnetic tape which changed the way news and entertainment was delivered into our homes. Follow the rise computers in post production, first as controllers of tape decks for linear editing then to modern day computerized file based editing. We’ll cover the digital revolution and the many technologies that ultimately brought film and digital video to the point where they’re practically interchangeable and totally ubiquitous in our daily lives.Read More

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Mastering the Art of The Dolly Zoom

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Learn about the history of the Dolly Zoom – from it’s conception by second unit cameraman Irmin Roberts for Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” through to its use in films like “Jaws” and “Goodfellas”. Beyond history, learn why the effect works the way it does by exploring the physics behind how images are created in a camera.Read More

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Origins and Techniques of Film Noir

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An essential and important style of filmmaking, learn about the history and events that led up to the classic Film Noir Period which included films like “Stranger on the Third Floor”, “Double Indemnity”, “The Big Combo” and “Touch of Evil”. You will also learn about some lighting principles and how you can push your productions to get that Film Noir look.Read More

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