Projects aimed at developing skills for producing narrative motion pictures and television dramas. This includes filming dramatic scenes with a single camera (motion picture reversal film, positive projection film, analog video, or digital video) using a separate audio recording device for recording the scripted dialog. Narrative Film Productions are always edited with non-linear technology (either as pieces of film or as digital video inside of a computer) which allows for the compression or expansion of time. Note: Single camera means one or more independent cameras filming separately; not synced cameras as in television studio cameras connected to a switcher in a control booth. (See Television Studio Production below for filming with synced cameras using a switcher.) Narrative Film Production also refers the filmmaking technology (development, pre-production, production, and post production) of narrative television commercials.
Historically, Narrative Film Production includes all narrative motion pictures created after the development of talking pictures ranging from Citizen Kane to GhostBusters including all of the Muppets motion pictures as well as narrative television dramas ranging from Buffy, the Vampire Slayer to The Shield (shot with 16mm Arriflex SRIII film cameras using Steadicam) and Scrubs (which is edited with Final Cut Pro.)
Projects aimed at developing skills for producing multi-camera television programs with scripted dailog. This includes filming in a studio with one or more (usually, three or more) cameras (either film or video) connected in sync to a switcher and edited linearly, which does not allow for the compression of time. Most television production is edited live during the filming of the production. This includes programs such as sitcoms, school plays, and kids shows which are narrative dramas. Historically, this included programs such as Playhouse 90 and the television production of Bus Stop 1982.
Projects aimed at developing skills for producing multi-camera television programs with scripted dialog or non-scripted dialog. This includes filming in a studio with one or more (usually, three or more) cameras (either film or video) connected in sync to a switcher and edited linearly, often in real time using switchers. This includes programs such as cooking shows, infomercials, and live newscasts. Historically, this has included Walter Cronkite's broadcast of man walking on the moon and Julia Child's The French Chef. All of the pre-production, production, and post-production methods of Narrative Television Production and Documentary Television Production are identical therefore, it is difficult catorigize shows such as The Cid Ceaser's Hour, Howdy Doody Show and the The Muppet Show which can be in either catagory.
Projects which combine television studio production, documentary production, animation and multimedia and are mostly edited with non-linear editing software on personal computers. This is concidered "quick and dirty" video and includes most training videos.
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Narrative 2D Animated Motion Pictures and Television Dramas
Projects aimed at developing skills for producing narrative motion pictures and television dramas using hand drawn animation. Historically, this includes Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Shrek.
Projects aimed at developing skills for producing narrative motion pictures and television dramas using 3D character animation. This is similar to all of the pre-production, production and post-production steps of Narrative Film Production except the order of the steps is different. This includes the production of non-realistic, realistic and low-budget animated programs as represented by Aero-Troopers: The Nemeclous Crusade, Polar Express, and The Adventures Of Montu Miah.