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Cinema / TV

Questions About Spring 2021

What is unique about spring semester 2021 in the Cinema/TV department?

All of our department’s classes will be offered in a distant education format, by request of the LACCD Chancellor's office.  This means students will not be attending any classes on the physical campus. Students will use the Canvas (Learning Management System) and the Zoom (Meeting System) in order to take their classes. Students do not have to acquire specific software for either of these systems, as they will be provided through the LACC student portal for every student.

Are the courses offered by the Cinema/TV department similar to those offered at other schools?  

Each class is uniquely formulated for you by our LACC professors in this department. Although the overall topics might be similar to other schools, none of our department’s classes will use completely premade publisher material. All classes will all be fresh for you for the semester and will replicate the Student Learning Outcomes and class objectives that a traditional face to face class at LACC provide.

What about the hands-on aspect of your Cinema/TV Program? 

Some of the hands-on aspects will be replicated in a virtual environment such as demonstrations on-camera and virtualized software like OBS. We will also focus on modern use of smartphones for video acquisition, editing and upload. During the pandemic, much of the live TV industry has moved away from studios and into home produced content with the use of prosumer equipment. We will be teaching these vitally needed skills for the current state of the industry during the pandemic.

What about specialized software needed for these classes? 

Our instructors will be focusing on free versions of existing industry software such as Avid Media Composer First and DaVinci Resolve Studio 16 Free. The Adobe Creative Cloud will be available at a low cost student price and/or as part of your class. 

For screenwriting: Celtx (free cloud-based software), and Final Draft and Movie Magic for screenwriting (both available via digital download only, with student discounts).

For any questions specific to the class you are taking, contact your instructor via email (if you are not yet enrolled or through Canvas (if you are already enrolled). Faculty & Staff

The class I want is full. How can I get enrolled?

The best thing to do is to check if there are other sections of the SAME class that are open. Since most of our classes are offered asynchronously you do not have to select a section on a specific  day and time as you would during a traditional face-to-face semester. 

If an additional section is not available, the best thing you can do is get on a waiting list through the student portal system. Make sure and contact your instructor via email Faculty & Staff to let them know of your interest. On the first day of spring classes (February 8, 2021), the instructors will be given permission codes to allow you to add the classes even though they appear full. The instructors will not have the permission codes until class begins, so, for now,  a waiting list is the best way you can indicate you would like to take a class. 

Will the LACC Cinema/TV building, stages, labs and equipment be available? 

We are following LACCD, local, state and Federal guidelines on in person safety during the time of COVID-19. We cannot provide access to any of these areas at this time. There will be some contactless portable equipment check-out. We are have on limited field equipment check-out for production classes: Cinema 2, 6, 9-1, 9-2, Cin 33/TV 55, Cinema 501. As conditions change, updates will be made directly to the students as the semester progresses.

Will classes return to the traditional classroom in 2021?

We will inform you when we have information from the Los Angeles County, the LACCD Chancellor's Office and the LACC President’s office as to the nature of instruction in the future. For now, winter, spring and summer 2021 classes will all be offered in the distance education format.

HOW will I “attend” these spring online classes?

Students will need a mobile device or computer with Internet access in order to be able to participate in these online classes. Go to the app store for your brand of smartphone to get the Canvas Student application.  Here is the link for assistance to students that might have not have internet access or computers.

WHEN will I “attend” these online classes?

Most of our Cinema/TV classes will be held in the asynchronous format. That means students can work on their assignments around-the-clock. Although there might be Zoom meetings scheduled, on specific days and times, most of our professors will accomdate who can not attend “live”. If the class listing does NOT contain a time and day, then these are asynchronous. 

If my teacher holds a Zoom meeting - do I have to attend?

It is up to the individual instructor who will give you directions once the semester begins. Some of our instructors will record the Zoom sessions so that they can be available later for students that are not able to attend at a specific day and time. Contact your instructor for more information concerning your classes’ schedule and requirements.

Since we are no longer meeting face-to-face, what is the best way to gain the sense of building a learning community?

Surprisingly, online courses can often provide an even greater opportunity to express your individual views, and interact with your classmates.  Take full advantage of class discussions and replies to other student posts.  In your zoom meetings, ask questions and do your best to "pretend" it is a real classroom.  This is the new normal for now, so try applying a glass is half full approach!

 What is the best way to communicate with my instructor?

Each instructor will include their preferred contact information in their introductory modules.  One of the best communication tools in Canvas is the "Inbox," which is located on the left blue panel once you are logged into the course.  You might also discover that your instructor has office hours, and/or you might schedule an appointment to meet. For now - you can email any of our instructors.

How do I gain access to additional text and digital resources for  online courses? 

Los Angeles City College's MLK library has tremendous resources that have been expanded to accommodate online learning.  

What about those classes that do have a day and time listed in the schedule, how will I “attend” these classes?

If the class IS listed with a specific time then it is a synchronous class and you need to make time in your weekly schedule to attend these meetings on Zoom.
Below are the classes that have scheduled spring semester meetings:

Synchronous Classes Spring 2021 Cinema/TV (These meet on specific days and times)


Cinema 5** - Intro Screenwriting with Michele Gendelman (Thursdays (14983/4) meets 11am - 2PM OR (14987/90 meets 3-6 pm)

Cinema 6** - Cinematography with Christopher Rossiter (Wednesdays 12:30-4:50 pm OR Thursdays: 5-9:20 pm)

Cinema 9-1 - Motion Picture Sound with Kenneth Thomas (Thursdays: 9:30am-11:35am)

Cinema 9-2 - Audio Post Production ProTools™ with Kenneth Thomas (Fridays: noon - 2:05 pm)

Cinema 17 - Adv Post Production (Color with DaVinci™) - Christopher Rossiter  (Mondays: 5-9:50 pm- first 8 weeks OR Tuesdays noon-4:45 pm second 8 weeks)

Cinema 25 - Producing Feature Films - Daniel Nyiri (Wednesdays: 6:50-10 pm)

Cinema 60 - Entertainment Industry Careers (Production Assistant) - Dylan Shields (Fridays: 9:30 am - 11:35 am)

Cinema 501 - Media Aesthetics - Daniel Marlos (Tuedays: 6-8 pm) and Christopher Rossiter (Mondays: 10 am - 2:20 pm)

TV 4 - Intro TV Equipment - Kena Dorsey (Tuesdays: 6- 9:10 pm)

  • TV 25-1 & 2 - Michele Gendelman - Dramatic Screenwriting Levels 1 & 2:
    • For TV 25-1: Zoom workshops Wednesdays from 11 am - 2 pm
    • ** For TV 25-2: Zoom workshops Wednesdays from 3 - 6 pm 

**TV 48/49• - Jennifer Vaughn - TV Production - (Wednesdays: 2-4 pm)

** These classes are intermediate or advanced and have prerequisite classes.

All classes not listed above are asynchronous classes (don't have a specific day and time) Calendar of synchronous classes & events


What if I sign up for class and then can't complete it? 

You have until February 21 to drop a class with a full refund of tuition and without a W grade appearing on your transcript. If you are later in the semester making this decision students will have up until May 9 to drop most classes. This will put a W (withdraw grade) on your transcript, but it will not affect your grade point average or GPA. Refunds will not be possible at this late date. It is the student’s responsibility to drop the class through the student portal, if they can not complete.

How long do the classes last? 

Most of our classes are 16 weeks: (beginning February 8 - June 7, 2021)

A few of our classes are 8 weeks: (begin 02/08 and end 04/01/21) OR (begin 04/12 and end 06/07/21)

Some of the Cinema/TV classes are being offered in the eight-week format.

These began on either February 8 or April 12. These classes offer the same amount of content, but are accelerated to finish in half of the normal amount of time. Classes that are offered spring 2021 that are eight weeks long include: Cinema 3 - History of Motion Pictures, Cinema 4 -  History of Documentary Films,  Cinema 17 - Advanced Post Production (Color),Cinema 18 - Intro to Film Genres and Cinema 32-1 Editing Fundamentals.

What are some good tips for organizing, pacing and planning for the best study habits with online instruction?  Does it involve more study hours?  

It is important to plan your study time for online courses.  If not, the time can slip away from you and you might find that you're constantly making up late material.  Check the due dates for you course requirements and set calendar deadlines.  (Most instructors have a Calender with due-dates set up in Canvas for each class). You might also set-up a regular study schedule, as if you're going to work!  Be sure to fit in breaks, so you don't suffer
computer burn-out.  One additional suggestion - some people consider purchasing the "blue light" glasses - to help your eyes avoid strain from too much computer viewing.  When you first begin to plan study time, it can feel overwhelming because it might seem so different than what you're used to with in-classroom courses.  But if you plan carefully, soon it will become routine and easier to pace yourself.  The best payoff is that the discipline that comes with practicing these organizing skills will be helpful for other tasks down the road.

Any suggestions on how to remain focused during a zoom session or when we're navigating Canvas on our own?
  • If you affectively apply the above recommended study skills, you can be a more active participant in your course.  Often the focusing problem can be attributed to not being prepared to discuss or apply the material you've been studying.  Challenge yourself to be an active learner.
  • One of the aspects of being a good student, that students often don't realize is that being an impressive student is an important part of networking.  You never know when you'll need that instructor to write you a letter of recommendation, or when a fellow student might land a great job and be in a position to hire or recommend you.  Attending college is for the learning, but it is also for building relationships with future colleagues, mentors and/or friends.  If you're the one who's lagging in class, demonstrating very little of your enthusiasm or contributions to the material you're learning about ... it will show and you may now receive collateral benefits that can come from being a good, attentive student.
  • Have water, coffee or tea, apple slices, mints, Tic-Tacs, chewing gum close at hand.
  • Optionally - keep your computer camera "on" - so you won't fade out in class