Course Description

This digital filmmaking class introduces the basic components and practices of preproduction and production for content creation in commercial video. Students script, storyboard, light, shoot, and edit short videos including interviews, commercials, narratives, and public service announcements in order to convey ideas to a target audience.

Learning Outcomes

For the successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Define and explain the basic components of the pre-production and production processes.
  • Create and coordinate an effective production team with appropriate responsibilities for each member of the team.
  • Use appropriate terminology when discussing visual literacy and the moving image.
  • Critically evaluate existing commercial productions.
  • Perform basic in-camera and software-based editing technique.


The following syllabus presents the college approved course requirements, learning outcomes, suggested weekly course outline, etc. Your students should meet the defined learning outcomes and COMD Standards, but please adapt the weekly outline, project guidelines, and grading scheme, as needed.

Model Course

The model course is available for cloning on the OpenLab. Simply login and click on the “Clone This Course” button. Contact the OpenLab Team with questions.

If you use Blackboard, review the Model Course content and structure, and transfer to your Blackboard course. Contact the iTEC Team with questions.

Course Coordination


Name: George R. Larkins

Title: Assistant Professor Communication Design

Email: GLarkins

Office: N1127

Phone: 718-260-5128

Course Resource

This course uses the following resource:


Please review the COMD Standards for Curriculum Continuity.

Course Resources

This course utilizes the following Open Educational Resources (OER), zero cost resources, and/or require textbook:

Foundation Resources

Please review and share the following resources with your Foundations students.

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