The fundamentals of motion picture theory and practice. Major aspects of pre-production, production and post-production in film and video making are covered. Emphasis on the language of shots, narrative structure, and the fundamental technical and aesthetic similarities and differences between film and video productions. Short fictional and documentary forms, as well as commercials, video news releases and feature news stories will be covered. Students learn basic organizational, writing, camera, and editing skills through a short non-sync sound Hi-8 video tape project they produce, direct and edit. This project can reflect the students interest from any of the three areas of specialization in the department.