SRI LANKA FILM SCHOOL HND IN FILM-MAKING 2019-2022



ACADEMIC SCHEDULE 1ST YEAR - 1ST SEMESTER


Subjects Hours Credits
Cinematography 76 5
Editing 52 3
Script Writing 36 2
Sound 36 2
Literature 32 2
History of Art 32 2
Master Class - How to make a winning short film 48 3
Acting for Screen 32 2
Total 344 21


Academic Year 1 (2019)
Semester 1
Subject Cinematography
Module Code FMC101
Academic hours 76
Credits 5
Lecturer M.D. Mahindapala / Palitha Perera
Objective To make the students understand the rudiments of the language of the moving image and the skills needed in fulfilling the duties of a camera operator with number of hands on practical exercises and class room lectures
Outcome At the end of the module students will learn the basic shot sizes, camera moves, the parts of camera, it’s functions and the classical way of telling a story with moving images
Day Content 4 hours 8 hours Time
1 Introduction to Camera 8.00 - 12.00
2 Demo with Camera 8.00 - 17.00
3 Shot Definition 8.00 - 12.00
4 Familiarization of Equipment 8.00 - 17.00
5 Simple Shots 8.00 - 17.00
6 Viewing & Critique 8.00 - 12.00
7 Complex Shots 8.00 - 17.00
8 Viewing & Critique 8.00 - 12.00
9 Developing Shots 8.00 - 17.00
10 Viewing & Critique 8.00 - 17.00
11 Shooting a Story 8.00 - 17.00
12 Viewing & Critique 8.00 - 17.00
13 Continuity & SingleCamera 8.00 - 17.00
Academic Year 1 (2019)
Semester 1
Subject Editing
Module Code FMC102
Academic hours 52
Credits 3
Lecturers Ranil Fonseka / Navi Chithral /Ravindra Guruge /Sithum Samarajeewa
Objective This module aims to transfer basic technical & aesthetic knowledge of editing.
Outcome At the successful completion of this module the student will be capable to understand basic technic & grammar of editing
Day Content 4 hours Time
1 History of Motion Picture Editing 8.00 - 12.00
2 The Technical History of Editing 8.00 - 12.00
3 General Principles & Basic Method of Editing / Introduction to Non-Linear Editing 8.00 - 12.00
4 Simple Shots Editing / Familiarization of NLE Equipment and Software – Part 01 8.00 - 12.00
5 In search of Editing Techniques 8.00 - 12.00
6 Complex Shot Editing / Familiarization of NLE Equipment and Software – Part 02 8.00 - 12.00
7 Familiarization of NLE Equipment and Software – Part 03 8.00 - 12.00
8 Familiarization of NLE Equipment and Software – Part 03 8.00 - 12.00
9 Familiarization of NLE Equipment and Software – Part 04 8.00 - 12.00
10 Shooting a Story – Editing 8.00 - 12.00
11 Story centered Editing (Practical) 8.00 - 12.00
12 Attributes of Editing
  • Creating a Meaning through Collage
  • Tempo (Pace
  • Timing

History of Editing – (Assignment)
8.00 - 12.00
13 Familiarization of NLE Equipment and Software – Part 05 8.00 - 12.00
Academic Year 1 (2019)
Semester 1
Subject Sound
Module Code FMC103
Academic hours 36
Credits 2
Lecturer Sasika Ruwan / Nadika Weligodapola / Ravindra Priyantha Lal
Objective This course unit aims to transfer basic knowledge of sound recording and art of sound to students
Outcome With the completion of this course unit the student will be able to understand basic knowledge of sound and sound recording
Day Content 4 hours 8 hours Time
1 Introduction of sound in motion picture
  • Function of Sound Track in Motion Picture
  • Characteristics of Sound
13.00- 17.00
2 Introduction of sound in motion picture
  • Recording Media and Technology
  • Optical Sound Track
  • Application of Sound In Motion Picture
13.00- 17.00
3 The Sound Reproduction Workflow
  • Microphone Selection & Polar Patterns
  • On-Location & Studio Sound Recording Principles – Part 1
8.00 – 17.00
4 Basic Audio Theories
  • Acoustic Sounds
  • Waveform
  • Velocity
  • Amplitude
  • Waveform Patterns
  • Frequency
8.00 - 12.00
5 Evolution of Sound in Motion picture
  • History of sound technology
  • Silence Film Era
  • First Talkie Film
13.00 – 17.00
6 Basic Audio Theories
  • Envelope
  • Wave Length
  • Phase
  • Standing Wave
8.00 - 12.00
7 The Sound Reproduction Workflow
  • On-Location & Studio Sound Recording Principles – Part 2
8.00 - 17.00
Academic Year 1 (2019)
Semester 1
Subject Script Writing
Module Code FMC104
Academic hours 36
Credits 2
Lecturer Boopathi Nalin
Objective This course aims to provide basic elements of a story.
Outcome At the end of this course the student will be aware about the basic elements of a story
Day Content 4 hours Time
1 The Story Problem 13.00 - 17.00
2 The Structure Spectrum I 13.00 - 17.00
3 The Structure Spectrum II 13.00 - 17.00
4 Structure & Setting I 13.00 - 17.00
5 Structure & Setting II 13.00 - 17.00
6 Structure & Genre 13.00 - 17.00
7 TStructure & Character 13.00 - 17.00
8 Structure & Meaning 13.00 - 17.00
9 Structure & Meaning 13.00 - 17.00
Academic Year 1
Semester 1
Subject Literature I - Introduction
Academic hours 32
Lecturers Piyal Kariyawasam / Chinthaka Ranasinghe / Harindra B Dassanayake
Objective To inculcate the pleasure of literary appreciation and understand the application of key elements of fiction.
Outcome The student appreciates literature and is able to analyze and evaluate the elements of creative writing. Expresses one's feeling about literary works.
Day Content 4 hours Time
1 Course Outline - Assignments & Assessment policy. Overview of the course objectives and discussion of sample texts. 13.00 - 17.00
2 Imagery – the key element of literature 13.00 - 17.00
3 Novel – plot, dynamic character characters & conflict, setting, point of view 13.00 - 17.00
4 Novel Continued: foreshadowing, flashback, protagonist, antagonist, climax, rising action, exposition. 13.00 - 17.00
5 Poetry: selected works from Sinhala, and Bengali, English, French (in translation) 13.00 - 17.00
6 Drama: theme, complication, resolution, irony, dramatic irony, situational irony, symbol, rising and falling conflict. 13.00 - 17.00
7 Short Story: Selected works in Sinhala and continental Europe (in translation) 13.00 - 17.00
8 Creative writing workshop 13.00 - 17.00
Academic Year 1 (2019)
Semester 1
Subject History of Art
Module Code FMC106
Academic hours 32
Credits 2
Lecturer Jagath Weerasinghe / Prasanna Ranabahu / Prageeth M. Aluthwatta
Objective The main objectives of the History of World Art Course is to given preliminarily ideas about what is an art and how it’s run throughout the world in facing various kind of social, cultural and political scenarios. This included the Great Traditions of Art, Art in the Religious World, Art Movements (this will discuss in the 1st semester) and many Isms in Art in the modern World. (this will discuss in the 2nd semester) In additionally the course will be included definitions of art and theories on art and also art historical thought of pioneers of the field of art history. Giving this type of information’s the course will training art lovers who have special interest to art and it relevant subjects. It also intends to train persons with a considerable knowledge for understanding art history as a humanistic and methodological discipline.
Outcome
  • Students can identify art, artistic idioms and notion of Aesthetic belief in the Art of Ancient World (Greek and Rome).
  • Students can describe basic elements and mediums of Art and Architecture in the Ancient World (Greek and Rome).
  • Students can comparatively study, Art and Architecture in the Ancient World (Greek and Rome).
  • Students can describe with examples of Art and Architecture in the Ancient World (Greek and Rome).
  • Students can explain the art historical terms such as, Naturalism, Idealism Realism, Classicism and Humanism
Day Content 4 hours Time
1 Inauguration lesionIntroduction to Art and History of Art 8.00- 12.00
2 Greek Art and Architecture; Archaic Age, Classical Age, and Hellenistic Age 8.00- 12.00
3 Roman Art and Architecture Early Christian and Byzantium art 8.00- 12.00
4 Islamic Art 8.00- 12.00
5 Early Medieval Art 8.00- 12.00
6 Romanesque Art, Gothic art and early Renaissance 8.00- 12.00
7 high Renaissance, Mannerism 8.00- 12.00
8 Baroque, and Rococo Art 8.00- 12.00
Academic Year 1
Semester 1
Subject Master Class - How to Make a Winnings Short Film
Module Code FMC107
Academic hours 48
Credits 3
Lecturer Mr. Sanjeewa Pushpakumara / S.K. Akash
Objective To impart knowledge and understanding about the art of short film and preparing students to make their short films. Also the students will be given an opportunity to watch international award winning contemporary short films.
Outcome At the end of this module the students will be able to understand the nature of short films and secrets of short filmmaking.
Day Content 4 hours Time
1 History of the Short 13.00 -17.00
2 Defining the Short & Starting the Script (Story Structure and creating a step-outline) 13.00 -17.00
3 Developing the Idea & Developing the Treatment 13.00 -17.00
4 Writing Dialogue 13.00 -17.00
5 Screenplay Format 13.00 -17.00
6 Writing the First Draft 13.00 -17.00
7 Testing The Script 13.00 -17.00
8 Launching Production 13.00 -17.00
9 Working with the Actors 13.00 -17.00
10 Working with the Crew 13.00 -17.00
11 Directing the Camera (Cinematography) 13.00 -17.00
12 Preparing for the Shoot & Producing / Film Market / Targeting the audience / film festivals. 13.00 -17.00
Academic Year 1
Semester 1
Subject Acting for Screen
Module Code FMC108
Academic hours 32
Credits 2
Lecturer Kaushalya Fernando
Objective To experience and understand approaches to acting and directing.
Outcome The candidates are expected to direct actors according to a given script.
Day Content 4 hours Time
1 Existing acting methods and techniques in theory and application 13.00 -17.00
2 Stanislavsky Method of Acting: Theory and application.
  • Present examples from Malan Brando, Al Pachino, Joe Abeywickrama, Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Malani Fonseka
13.00 -17.00
3 Script Analysis using selected scripts. Different approaches to Situations and characters 13.00 -17.00
4 Playing self, playing an imaginary character using own experiences. Acting for screen and Television 13.00 -17.00
5 Voice training for Acting. How to use voice techniques in dialogue. Free Movements for Acting 13.00 -17.00
6 Studying Shakespeare Characters 13.00 -17.00
7 Directing actors in given situations: practice, performance and shooting 13.00 -17.00
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