From the time they declare the major, FMMC majors should begin considering what form of senior project they want to undertake and should take classes in the major (and possibly outside the major) accordingly. Students should regularly consult with their advisors prior to undertaking the senior tutorial and throughout their coursework in the major.
Senior Tutorial Overview
The senior tutorial is a project development course in the fall, where students will conceive of, research, and take all necessary steps to be prepared to produce a project in the winter term. The nature of the project development is dependent on the specific form that a student is working on, as discussed below. It is expected that students who succeed in developing their project will produce final versions for public presentation in winter term, but approval to produce the project in winter is contingent on the approval of the faculty in charge of the senior tutorial. Producing the project in winter is not required to graduate as a FMMC major, but it is required to be considered for departmental honors.
In the senior tutorial, each student will prepare to produce an independent senior work project that will take the form of a video, a screenplay, a critical essay, a multimedia project, an audio project, a video graphic or remix essay, or another form to be determined in consultation with faculty. Students must have completed the required prerequisite courses to undertake a project in a given form.
The projects for Fall 2023 are:
Short narrative video: Full revised script, script breakdowns, lookbook(s), location folder, casting completed, locations secured, crew completed, budget, shooting and post-production schedule, distribution plan. Prereqs: Sight and Sound I and Sight and Sound II or another relevant advanced production course; Writing for the Screen I is highly recommended. The maximum length for videos is 15 minutes.
Short documentary video: Letter of intent, full write-up, lookbook(s), research dossier, preinterviews and location scouting, full production plan including schedule and logistics, crew completed, budget, distribution plan. Prereqs: Sight and Sound I and Sight and Sound II or another approved advanced production course; a course focused on documentary (such as FMMC0232) is highly recommended. The maximum length for videos is 15 minutes.
Videographic essays/remix projects: Proposal, annotated bibliography/videography, research complete, media ripped, test exercises/experiments, trailer. Prereqs: completed relevant courses, such as Videographic Film and Media Studies or Remix Culture.