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


ACADEMIC SCHEDULE 1ST YEAR - 2ND SEMESTER


Subjects Hours Credits
Cinematography 60 4
Editing 60 4
Script Writing 36 2
Sound 36 2
Literature 32 2
Art Direction & Production Design 16 1
Film Narrative 36 2
Foundation for Digital Art 36 2
Make-up & Special Effects 24 1
Photography 24 1
Total 360 21


Academic Year 1 (2019 / 2020)
Semester 2
Subject Cinematography
Module Code FMC111
Academic hours 60
Credits 4
Lecturer Palitha Perera
Objective This module is designed to provide further experience in telling stories with moving pictures and also impart knowledge and understanding of the conceptual tools of cinematography
Outcome At the end of the module it is expected that the students will be able to understand the conceptual tools of cinematography such as Lighting, Lenses and Composition and it’s usage in story telling
Day Content 4 hours 8 hours Time
1 Shooting a Story 8.00 - 5.00
2 Viewing & Critique 8.00 - 12.00
3 Shooting a Story 8.00 - 5.00
4 Viewing & Critique 8.00 - 12.00
5 Lighting Theory /Demo 8.00 - 5.00
6 Shooting a Story 8.00 - 5.00
7 Viewing & Critique 8.00 - 12.00
8 Lenses & Perspective (Lecture/Demo) 8.00 - 5.00
9 Elements of the Shot 8.00 - 12.00
10 The Art of Cinematography 8.00 - 12.00
Academic Year 1 (2019 / 2020)
Semester 2
Subject Editing
Module Code FMC112
Academic hours 60
Credits 4
Lecturers Sithum Samarajeewa / Ravindra Guruge
Objective This module aims to transfer intermediate technical knowledge & grammar of editing.
Outcome At the successful completion of this module the student will be capable to technic & grammar of editing.
Day Content 4 hours Time
1 Shooting a Story - Editing 8.00 - 12.00
2 Suggesting the Simultaneity of Events Parallel Editing Cutter ways (with Practical) 8.00 - 12.00
3 Shooting a Story - Editing 8.00 - 12.00
4 Arranging the Order of Event (with Practical) 8.00 - 12.00
5 Familiarization of NLE Equipment and Software – Part 03 8.00 - 12.00
6 Shooting a Story - Editing 8.00 - 12.00
7 History of Recording Format and Equipment (Assignment) 8.00 - 12.00
8 180-degree Rule and Jump Cuts. How to break the 180- degree rule 8.00 - 12.00
9 Familiarization of NLE Equipment and Software – Part 04 (with Practical) 8.00 - 12.00
10 Introduction to Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator
  • Submit History of Recording Formats Assignment
8.00 - 12.00
11 General Principles of Film Color Grading 8.00 - 12.00
12 Introduction to Davinci Resolve Color Grading Software 8.00 - 12.00
13 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Film Screening and Editing Assignment 8.00 - 12.00
14 Importance of Opening Credits, End Credits and Subtitles (with Practical) 8.00 - 12.00
15 Introduction to Film Music
  • Submit Film Screen Assignment.
8.00 - 12.00
Academic Year 1 (2019 / 2020)
Semester 2
Subject Sound
Module Code FMC113
Academic hours 36
Credits 2
Lecturer Sasika Ruwan / Nadika Weligodapola / Ravindra Priyantha Lal
Objective This course unit aims to transfer advance knowledge of sound recording and mixing for short film
Outcome With the completion of this course unit the student will be able to record, edit and mix sounds for their own short film production.
Day Content 4 hours 8 hours Time
1 Sound Technology and Methodology for Motion Picture
  • A Sound designer’s aspects for video
  • Sound Layers in Audio productions
8.00 - 12.00
2 Sound Technology and Methodology for Motion Picture
  • Dialogues
  • Foley
  • EFX
  • Ambiance
  • Background Music
8.00 - 5.00
3 Sound Technology and Methodology for Motion Picture
  • Basic Music Theories
  • Understanding Music Manuscript
  • Time Signature
8.00 – 12.00
4 Music production and composing for film
  • Introduction to Music Production
  • Acoustic and Electronic Music
  • Audio/MIDI Interface
  • Introduction to MIDI
  • Producing Music
  • Preparing a Music Session in Pro Tools DAW software
8.00 - 5.00
5 Aesthetic Principles
  • Introduction to Aesthetic Study
  • Sound Perception
8.00 - 12.00
6
  • Sound Technology and Methodology for Motion Picture
  • Pre-mixing of Sound design – Part 1
  • EQ
  • Compression
  • Processing
8.00 - 5.00
Academic Year 1 (2019/2020)
Semester 1
Subject Script Writing
Module Code FMC114
Academic hours 36
Credits 2
Lecturer Sanjeewa Pushpakumara
Objective This course aims to provide knowledge about main aspects of the script.
Outcome At the end of the course the student will learn main aspects of the script.
Day Content 4 hours Time
1 The Substance of Story 1.00 - 5.00
2 The Inciting Incident 1.00 - 5.00
3 Act Design 1.00 - 5.00
4 Scene Design 1.00 - 5.00
5 Scene Analysis 1.00 - 5.00
6 Composition 1.00 - 5.00
7 Crisis, Climax, Resolution 1.00 - 5.00
8 The Seven Key Steps of Story Structure 1.00 - 5.00
9 Scene Weave 1.00 - 5.00
Academic Year 1 (2019 / 2020)
Semester 2
Subject Literature II – Modern Classic Novel
Module Code FMC115
Academic hours 32
Credits 2
Lecturers Harindra B Dassanayake, Chintha Ranasinghe and others
Objective TTo introduce the modern classical novel of 19 th and 20 th century with its thematic diversity, literary traditions, and intellectual prowess,
Outcome Students are able to categorize novels in terms of their thematic content and respond to intellectual underpinnings and literary traditions with literary evidence.
Day Content 4 hours Time
1 Leo Tolstoy: Ana Karenina 1.00 - 5.00
2 Fyodor Dostoevsky: Crime and Punishment 1.00 - 5.00
3 Franz Kafka: The Metamorphosis 1.00 - 5.00
4 Albert Camus: The Outsider 1.00 - 5.00
5 George Orwell: 1984 1.00 - 5.00
6 Gabriel Garcia Marquez: One Hundred Years in Solitude 1.00 - 5.00
7 Paulo Coelho: The Alchemist 1.00 - 5.00
8 Haruki Murakami:Kafka on the Shore 1.00 - 5.00
Academic Year 1 (2019 / 2020)
Semester 2
Subject Art Direction & Production Design
Module Code FMC116
Academic hours 16
Credits 1
Lecturer Mr. Lal Harindranath
Objective To impart knowledge and understanding about the Visual Language & Art Criticism, Film Aesthetics, Audience Psychology.
Outcome At the end of this module the students will be able to Work any Visual Language Subjects
Day Content 4 hours Time
1 What Is the Art & Designing & Image Building 1.00 - 5.00
2 Script Analyzing & Designing & Character Analyzing & Designing 1.00 - 5.00
3 Production Design Team & Their Jobs, Construction Manager Prop Master Set Decorator Costume Design Make-up Artist 1.00 - 5.00
4 Production Design Team & Their Jobs, Armorer Animal Handler Action Vehicle Greens man Animator Graphic Designer Visual Effects 1.00 - 5.00
Academic Year 1 (2019 / 2020)
Semester 2
Subject Film Narrative
Module Code FMC117
Academic hours 36
Credits 2
Lecturer Mr. Sanjeewa Pushpakumara / Akash S.K.
Objective To impart knowledge and understanding about the film narrative structure through selected films.
Outcome At the end of this module the students will be able to understand the key components of the film narrative.
Day Content 4 hours Time
1 The Essence of Dramatic Structure 1.00 - 5.00
2 The Three-part Nature of Screenplay Structure 1.00 - 5.00
3 Five Key Focal Points 1.00 - 5.00
4 Characterization`s Relationship to Structure 1.00 - 5.00
5 Theme`s Relationship to Structure 1.00 - 5.00
6 The Structure of Plotting 1.00 - 5.00
7 The Structure of Subplots 1.00 - 5.00
8 Structure and the Ensemble Film 1.00 - 5.00
9 Structure and Nonlinear film 1.00 - 5.00
Academic Year 1 (2019 / 2020)
Semester 2
Subject Foundation for Digital Art
Module Code FMC118
Academic hours 36
Credits 2
Lecturer Baratha Hettiarachchi
Objective Foundation of art mainly focuses on improving the student’s ability to express their ideas through basic art forms such as drawing and writing. During this period students will study shapes, colors and how each of them complements each other to create an artwork.
Day Content 4 hours 8 hours Time
1 1) Drawing ( lighting and shading)
  • Studying various arts works by various artists.
  • Drawing methods
  • Understating the light and shadow.
2) Forms and shapes
3) Color studies.
8.00 - 12.00
2 1) Silhouette studies.
2) Composition methods and fundamentals.
3) History of design
8.00 - 12.00
3 1) Introduction to 3d modeling and matte painting.
  • Basic maya modeling
  • Basic Zbrush modeling
  • Basic rendering.
  • Introduction to Matte painting
2) Basic photo manipulation techniques.
  • Tips and tricks.
  • Composition techniques.
8.00 - 12.00
4 3) Concept designs.
  • Introduction to character designing.
  • Silhouette studies.
4) Basic matte painting methods.
  • History of matte painting
  • Earlier methods of matte painting
  • Modern methods of matte painting
  • Introduction to film matte painting.
8.00 - 12.00
5 Introduction to pre-production. 8.00 - 12.00
6 1) Concept development.
2) Color studies.
8.00 - 12.00
7 Creating a story board. 8.00 - 12.00
8 Planning an animation Stop motion 8.00 - 05.00
Academic Year 1 (2019 / 2020)
Semester 2
Subject Make-up & Special Effects
Module Code FMC119
Academic hours 24
Credits 1
Lecturer Mr. Jayantha Ranawaka
Objective FTo impart knowledge and understanding about the role and technique of Make Up and Special effects in cinema.
Outcome At the end of this module the students will be able to understand role of Make-up and Special effects in cinema.
Day Content 4 hours Time
1 Who is FX Person
What are the special effects according to the Film Production
1.00 - 5.00
2 Stunt Person
Optical and Light Simulation Effect
1.00 - 5.00
3 Pyrotechnics
Chemical Effects
1.00 - 5.00
4 Atmospheric Effects Stop Motion and Key Techniques 1.00 - 5.00
5 Miniature Models
Robotics and Animation
1.00 - 5.00
6 Mirror & Refection Effects
Brake Way Techniques
1.00 - 5.00
Academic Year 1 (2019 / 2020)
Semester 2
Subject Photography
Module Code FMC120
Academic hours 24
Credits 1
Lecturer Mr. Mahesh Ganganath
Objective This course will help the students become well rounded in the fundamentals of digital photography. Five areas of instruction will be emphasized about How cameras work, how composition works, how lighting works, how to use photo editing software & the language of photography.
Outcome Students will be able to learn Photography and create simple film narratives using still images.
Day Content 4 hours 8 hours Time
1 Elements of photography (How to use a still images as a language) 8.00 - 12.00
2 Composition of Photography 8.00 - 12.00
3 DSLR Camera, Sensor, ISO & Processor. 8.00 - 12.00
4 Lens, Shutter, Aperture & Depth of field 8.00 - 12.00
5 Exposure and Lighting 8.00 - 12.00
6 Image Development 8.00 - 12.00
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