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The course will examine the goals, strategies and tactics necessary to produce successful environmental and wildlife films in today’s complex market. We will be developing a deeper understanding of what it means to be successful in this area.
Although the course focuses on the skills needed to produce environmental and wildlife films that are intended to make a difference, much of what is covered you will find relevant to almost all agenda-driven documentary films, whether prime time TV specials, grass roots activist videos, PSAs or IMAX films. Students will research issues, create stories, find characters, pitch ideas, develop proposals and write treatments. They will learn how to sell films, attract an audience and distribute films.

Producing Environmental & Wildlife Films - Fall 2009 American University

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The course will examine the goals, strategies and tactics necessary to produce successful environmental and wildlife films in today’s complex market. We will be developing a deeper understanding of what it means to be successful in this area.
Although the course focuses on the skills needed to produce environmental and wildlife films that are intended to make a difference, much of what is covered you will find relevant to almost all agenda-driven documentary films, whether prime time TV specials, grass roots activist videos, PSAs or IMAX films. Students will research issues, create stories, find characters, pitch ideas, develop proposals and write treatments. They will learn how to sell films, attract an audience and distribute films.

    Syllabus for COMM 516 Fall 2009

    Syllabus for COMM 516 Fall 2009

    Reviewing Rough Cuts and Fine Cuts

    Reviewing Rough Cuts and Fine Cuts

    Production Milestone Definitions

    Production Milestone Definitions

    Marketing, Outreach and Distribution

    Marketing, Outreach and Distribution

    Importance of Stories

    Importance of Stories

    How to Pitch a Film Effectively

    How to Pitch a Film Effectively

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