Pre-Production - The Story Process
Our other “Begin at the beginning” concept is story. "If it ain't on the stage it ain't on the page" is a permanent echo in our halls. All UVU students learn the structure of the feature motion picture. They study how conflict and interesting characters with high concept goals shape engaging stories. They experience how the re-write process refines the story, how the production stage writes the breaths life into the story and how post-production forges the story in the refiners fire.
Production - Putting it All Together
Our students experience the management genius of the pre-production process. They learn what a stripboard is and how to send a scene to the boneyard. They learn how to pay attention to details and how quality planning with industry standard pre-production techniques paves the way for solving unseen problems later in the production process. All production documents for each project are kept in an indexed production book that follows the production through the entire process.
Post Production - Finishing the Project
Most every student in film school has at least on problem finishing the post-production stage of a project. We have addressed this problem by looking at the history of the film industry. Because the very structural foundation of feature films began as a collection of short films, UVU concentrates on short films from 8 to 12 minutes that can be pre-produced, shot and edited in a one semester. As a result students learn how to take projects through the entire process. The principle photography is scheduled to be finished two thirds of the way through the semester, allowing adequate post-production time. If a project is not finished, the student does not pass the class.
Although pre-production and production is a group effort, post-production is individual. Each student in the class production team individually takes the project through the post-production process from rough-cut to color correction to the final mix. They learn first hand what the term “coverage” means and why “we’ll fix it in post” means “nightmare” to the editor. At the end of the semester they compare cuts, which allows them to understand how different editors can take a story in opposite directions.