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Digital Filmmaking

This course presents the basic concepts, techniques, and processes of filmmaking, including story boarding, shooting, and computer editing. Narrative/dramatic, documentary, and experimental genres will be discussed and the students will participate in directing and producing a short film. Final Cut Pro and Adobe CS 4 software will be used on a Macintosh OSX operating system. Knowledge of the operation of your camera is required.


  • Video-capable DSLRs are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. *No consumer DVDRam camcorders may be used! Not recommended, but also acceptable are MiniDV Tape, Flash, HDD (hard drive) camcorders only. If looking to purchase, visit B&H Photo/Video, or Amazon online.
  • Some suggested DSLR Video Cameras include: Canon EOS Rebel T3i – $565
  • Canon EOS Rebel T4i – $650
  • Canon EOS Rebel T5i – $900
  • Canon 60D – $876
  • Canon 6D or 5Diii – 2400 or 3800 Nikon D3100 – $450
  • Nikon D3200 – $600
  • Nikon D7100 – $1500
    • Also bring to class with you:

      • 16GB or 32GB Class 10 SD or Memory card for your camera (If your camera uses cards.)
      • 5 blank MiniDV tapes (If your camera uses tapes.)
      • All cords needed to connect your camera and computer.
      • Tripod
      • Headphones
      • Notebook, binder, and pen.
      • Highly Recommended: 250GB (or more) external hard drive – Firewire 800 or USB only (for personal storage)

      Strongly recommended:

      • DSLR Cinema: Crafting the Film Look with Large Sensor Video Cameras

      By Kurt Lancaster, Focal Press; 2 edition (October 26, 2012) ISBN-10: 0240823737


    Dana Ollestad( is a multi-media artist, filmmaker and curator currently based in Richmond, VA, who utilizes participation to engineer public experiences and encounters. The restoration of the social bond through shared experience is the touchstone of his art and pedagogical work. He earned his BFA from California State University at Fullerton, and MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University where he teaches Digital Filmmaking and Time Studio. He also teaches motion picture filmmaking workshops in the Richmond community.