Short Film Production

Make Short Movies! Exploring visual/aural aesthetics and the technical components of media production


Through hand-on exercises, demonstrations, lectures, readings, and project presentations students will examine the relationships between audio, video, photography, and digital media within the intersectional context of media creation. Specifically, this course will provide students the opportunity to explore the production of electronic sound and image. The course has an emphasis on video field production, but will include a variety of fundamental aesthetic strategies, including framing, composition and articulation with light and acoustics through the production of digital video and sound exercises. Students will create a final project that establishes a foundation for a basic video production coursework. Emphasis will be placed on individual and collaborative work, pre-production, production and post-production techniques as well as the development of conceptual approaches necessary for students to effectively communicate their vision and message. All of the assignments will make great additions to the students’ portfolios for their future college and internship applications.

This course is for anyone - with or without any experience in video production - who wants to learn visual and aural aesthetics and technical concepts of media production, in order to produce professional short videos with a digital camera in any preferred genre (narrative, documentary, experimental and music video.)

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Sessions Offered




This class is meant to be immersive and students will experience:

  • A basic foundation of visual and aural aesthetics for the process of media production
  • Hands on skills with industry-standard film and audio equipment
  • Understand the process of pre-production, production and post-production for creating a media project
  • Develop and explore a critical perspective on various approaches and the underlying technical concepts for time based media
  • Develop basic skills in planning, lighting, shooting and editing video
  • Develop an understanding of the proper media production terminology
  • Challenge and expand your creative abilities through assigned projects
  • Learn to work collaboratively within a creative process

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Meet the Professor


Tanju Ozdemir is a Turkish filmmaker who writes and directs films that study the complexities of human relationships, dreams, memories and the contemporary experiences of life. Tanju received his M.F.A. in Film and Media Art from Emerson College (USA) in 2017.

He teaches film and video production courses as an assistant professor in the Digital Media & Design department at the University of Connecticut. He actively continues writing, directing and producing his films.

Please see his UConn Faculty page here!

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