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Joni Varner

Cinema 2 Class Schedule & Syllabus: Fall 2020

Cinema 2 Syllabus "Beginning Motion Picture Workshop"


First Section 15276/8: Professor Varner:
Second Section 15289/93: Professor Varner

Note: There are two sections of Cinema 2 taught by Professor Shields: 15270 & 15282 - You are currently at the Page of Professor Varner.


Class Dates:

Week of August 31

Class Introduction, Syllabus and Project 1 Assignment

Week of September 07

(Note: 9/7 is Labor Day Holiday) Before you begin production workshop, Camera & Tripod Demo, Group Workshops

Week of September 14

Assign Project 2, Shooting Permits Info, Editing

Week of September 21

Project 1 is Due on 9/24 

Project 1 Assignment Information 

Week of September 28

Zoom Screening of Project 1

Week of October 05

Zoom Screening of Project 1 continues - how to do storyboards

Week of October 12 

Storyboard Due for Project 2

Week of October 19

Story ideas

Week of October 19 - PROJECT #2 Due & Screened

Project 2 Due on 10/22 

Zoom Screening of Project 2 
Project 2 Assignment Information

Week November 02

Zoom Screening of Project 2 continues 

Storyboard/Script Due for Project 3 

Week November 09

Special Instruction on sound and documentary filmmaking plus guest speakers  

Week of November 16 - PROJECT #3 Due and Screened

Project 3 Due 11/29 Zoom Screening of Project 3 

Project 3 Assignment Information

Week of November 23 - (LACC Holiday 11/26 -29)

Zoom Screening of Project 3 continues 

Week of November 30

Final Zoom Screening of Project 3 

Week of December 07 - Last Class Zoom Meeting (All work due and screened) viewing & voting for End of Semester Student Screenings.

Please join us on Wednesday & Thursday December 16th & 17th on Zoom for our student selected "End of Semester Screenings" @ 6:30. (Same show both nights)


Cinema 2 Syllabus Information 

  • Cinema 2 is an introductory workshop in practical filmmaking. Each student will be responsible for making several individual short films in digital video. This course provides an introduction to the theory, terminology and operation of single camera video production, including composition and editing techniques, camera and recorder operation, portable lighting, audio control and basic editing. This course focuses on the aesthetics and fundamentals of storyboarding, producing, directing for location, single camera production as well as postproduction and exhibition. This class leads to LACC certificates in Cinema and Video Production.
  • Using the digital video production format, each student will make and submit three original cinema projects during the semester. This class is a practical, hands-on workshop; class time is generally devoted to equipment orientation, basic production methods, equipment & laboratory access, and the screening and evaluation of student films. Cinema 1, the lecture class on motion picture production, which meets on Wednesdays, and is also taught by Professor Varner, is strongly recommended as a supplement to Cinema 2. Although Cinema 1 & 2 can be taken together or separately, both are required of first semester majors - open to all other interested students.
  • Student Learning Outcomes: SLO 1: Produce digital video projects with picture, sound & editing. 
  SLO 2: Prepare preproduction storyboards & post production addition of titles & mixed soundtracks on two video projects. SLO 3: Instruct the student that as a communicator comes moral and ethical responsibility.
  • To complete enrollment in Cinema 2 it is the student’s responsibility to:
    • Register for the class properly and appear on school class list. 
  • To maintain eligibility in Cinema 2, the student must:
    • Turn in projects and preproduction in a timely manner. Attend Zoom meetings as much as possible or view recorded meetings.
  • To complete Cinema 2 with a passing grade, the student must:
    • Maintain enrollment and attendance. 
 Complete three (3) digital cinema projects, with slated outtake shots on projects #2 and #3. Screen all three of these projects during designated screening periods to the class. Once a project is turned in to the teacher, no more changes are permitted. The project copy you turn in is the one screened and graded. (Mpeg4) .mp4 is the preferred format, Project must be LESS than 500 Gb.

Class Projects Information

PROJECT #1 SHOTLIST
(Length: 5:00 or less)
60 points for project & discussion
PROJECT #2  THE CHASE
(Length: Min 3:00 – 6:00 Max)
100 points for project & 20 for discussion
PROJECT #3 CREATIVE CINEMA
(Length: Min 3:00 – 6:00 Max)
100 points for project & 20 for discussion
  LATE/ NO PARTICIPATION Minus Points

TOTAL POSSIBLE POINTS FOR THE COURSE = 300
  (Points: ~270-300=A, ~240-269=B, ~210-239=C, ~180-209=D, ~179 & Below=F)

COMPONENTS OF THE GRADE: PROJECTS and ATTENDANCE:
  • The course grade depends on the total number of points earned during the semester. You must personally make and show to the class, during class zooms, three (3) cinema projects to pass this course. Each project carries points, and there are also points for submission of preproduction materials. Points will be lost due to missed due dates. All students on the roster after the last drop date, (fall semester: 11/22) who do not complete & submit all three projects, will receive a failing grade.

  • Attendance is requested on the December 10th meeting. You will be voting on your classmates’ projects during screenings.

  • According to LACC procedure a student can be excluded after 2 weeks of absences (missing discussions) from this class. In the event of illness or other circumstances beyond a student's control a student must notify the instructor by email or phone to keep from being dropped. A later meeting can determine if too much work or information has been missed to continue the class. 

  • If a student stops attending a class it is the student's responsibility to officially drop the class in order not to receive a failing grade at the end of the semester (can be done through the SIS Web portal). Disruptive behavior can result in the expulsion of the student from class. Consult the current LACC Academic Calendar for its information concerning Holidays, Drop Dates, etc.

Important! Drop Date Information


The deadline to drop without a “W” is the first day of Week 3 (of the semester), OR Sunday, September 13 for Fall 2020. If you must drop a course, drop before the specified deadline for dropping a class without a grade of "W." Dropping after Week 2 will result in a “W” on your transcript. Effective July 1, 2012 students will only have 3 attempts to pass a class. If a student gets a "W" or grade of "D", "F", “I”, or "NP" in a class, that will count as an attempt. A student's past record of course attempts district wide will also be considered. Therefore, before the end of Week 2 you should carefully consider if you can reasonably manage this course with the other factors in your life (e.g. work, family, course load). If you think you will not be able to complete this course with a C or better, drop by this date: Sunday, November 22 for Fall 2020. This is the last day to drop WITH a "W" grade. If you have any questions, email the teacher before that date. You may also see a counselor in the Counseling Center in the new LACC Student Services Building.

General LACC Information 

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