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Creative Technology

Create your future

T
he curriculum of this department explores the practical aspects of filmmaking with special emphasis on cinematography, editing, sound design and visual effects. Additional instruction is given in the fields of production design, special effects and color correction.

The schools equipment rental offers a wide range of professional equipment from the biggest names in the business (Arri, Matthews, Canon, Kinoflo etc). Student's begin familiarizing themselves with Canon DSLR cameras and 3-point lighting. As they develop their skills as film makers, their equipment lists become more complex, our equipment manager does his best to answer the needs of the student, acquiring equipment we currently don't hold from our fellow equipment rentals; Kukl, Luxor and MediaRental.

We're looking for applicants who demonstrate both creativity and a strong interest in the above technical disciplines. All incoming students are expected to have excellent computer skills.

At the end of their studies our students graduate with the title “Filmmaker - Specializing in Creative Film Technology” and will have acquired the skills and qualifications to work in film and television production and related fields.

Preview of Films

Department 2 prepares you for the following jobs

  • Assistant Editor
  • Best Boy
  • Boom operator
  • Camera operator
  • Camera operator studio and OB
  • Colorist
  • Compositor
  • Director of photography
  • Editor
  • First Assistant Camera
  • Gaffer
  • Grip
  • Lighting Technician
  • Production Sound Manager
  • Re-Recording Mixer
  • Script Supervisor (aka continuity)
  • Sound Designer
  • Steadicam operator
  • Supervising Sound Editor

Courses
Cinematography 1 | KVM 104

The course is both theoretical and practical. The theoretical section deals with cinematography and lighting, composition and the make of the camera, different shooting methods, lens optics and filter and more camera-related issues. Then lighting and lighting equipment, color temperature and measurements and the basic principles of lighting are examined. In the practical section the students complete various exercises in the studio where emphasis is on their ability to demonstrate the theoretical knowledge they have acquired.

Sound 1 | HLE 104

This course is both theoretical and practical. During the first half of the course basic concepts and the physics of sound are explained. The process of sound recording is addressed and all the necessary equipment introduced. During the second half students work on a variety of sound design projects and learn how to use sound design applications.

Editing 1 | KLM 104

This course covers the position and function of the film editor. At the beginning of the course the technical aspects of the editing software are thoroughly reviewed. Students then work on various editing projects where the emphasis is on their acquiring an understanding of the editor’s role in rewriting stories from pre-existing material. The students also gain insight into the functions of the assistant editor with a strong emphasis on the organization of logging and registration of material.

Image processing 1 | MBR 102

An introductory course where the history of special effects for film is reviewed. Also examined are recent innovations in image processing for film. Today’s important industry image-processing software such as Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere Pro and Da Vinci is introduced. The difference between “2D” and “3D” is explained and how special effects can be both visible and invisible is demonstrated. During the course an emphasis in placed on the students attaining a firm command of the Photoshop software.

Photography | LJÓ 101

Students learn about the fundamentals of photography and how to draw on this knowledge to become better cinematographers. The students take various experimental photographs and draw on their basic knowledge to make creative and technical choices. The students complete a photo-project which is graded.

Thesis project 1 | LOH 106

Students direct a narrative short based on the script they wrote in LOR 104. Emphasis is placed on students acquiring experience in directing a script based on their own idea and developing a feeling for film as a narrative medium.

Equipment and technique 1 | TÆK 106

This is a first-semester beginners’ course and the goal is to teach students the basics of film production and the use and application of filmmaking equipment. Furthermore the fundamentals of visual language are reviewed.

Collab. btw departments | SAM 101

Each semester students from all departments must earn one credit in collaboration with other departments. The goals is that each department is ensured access to the other departments and to establish a thriving relationship between the departments.

Film history 1 | KMS 102

Some of the greatest works of film history are introduced, screened and discussed. Ten movies are shown each semester, a total of 40 movies. Each semester represents a section of film history. The movies are screened mostly in a chronological order from the silent era well into the late twentieth century.

Cinematography 2 | KVM 204

The main task in this course is to tell a story with images. Students are assigned written stories which they translate into images, without words. Great emphasis is placed on close preparation and that the students be conscious of methods and style of their work.

Sound 2 | HLE 205

Second-semester students are taught how to use a multichannel sound recorder, wireless microphones and all location and on-set sound recording equipment. They will be wholly in charge of recording sound for a TV pilot shoot, a collaborative project involving all departments. Students are also responsible for sound during the pilot’s post-production process such as recording sound effects, ADR and Foley.

Editing 2 | KLM 204

This course addresses the art of film editing and students acquire a theoretical overview of the art of film editing, trends and vogues. Students also work on various projects where the emphasis is on rewriting a story from pre-existing material. Methods are demonstrated where it is possible to have an effect on the audience by using various editing styles. The students delve deeper into the editing software and varying tempos, graphics and color-correction are covered. The students edit a project where the production revolves around multi-cam editing.

Image processing 2 | MBR 204

The students are introduced to the After Effects software. The After Effects interface and the software’s main attributes are reviewed. The main emphasis is on motion graphics in the making of all kinds of film titles and how key-frame animation is employed. The students complete various projects with the goal to acquire the skills to make full use of the potential of the After Effects software.

Art direction| LEB 104

Second-semester students gain insight into the role of the art director in addition to working on the art direction for a telefilm (LSJ) in a collaborative project between all departments.

History of Art 1 | LIS 102

This course provides an overview of art history with a focus on the relationship between film and painting. What can films learn from painting? The characteristics of various epochs in art history are examined and examples taken from film history illustrating the close relationship between films and certain paintings or artists and how moviemakers drawn on painting for inspiration for their films.

Equipment and technique 2 | TÆK 204

This course is in continuation of TÆK 106. The goal is to further strengthen the basic technical knowledge of the students in the main fields of filmmaking. Each student then makes a film showcasing a personal style and the student’s skill in his or her field of interest. The film should be able to serve as a promotional calling card for the student.

Collab. btw departments | SAM 201

Each semester students from all departments must earn one credit in collaboration with other departments. The goals is that each department is ensured access to the other departments and to establish a thriving relationship between the departments.

Film history 2 | KMS 202

Some of the greatest works of film history are introduced, screened and discussed. Ten movies are shown each semester, a total of 40 movies. Each semester represents a section of film history. The movies are screened mostly in a chronological order from the silent era well into the late twentieth century.

Cinematography 3 | KVM 305

The course delves deeper into various theoretical aspects of cinematography, lens optics, photics (the study of light) and filters. The students complete a project/documentary where they shoot tests and develop the style of a project. The organization and general work processes of a major production are introduced. The students work on a film crew shooting a TV pilot as a co-production between all departments (LSJ 105) under professional supervision.

Sound 3 | HLE 304

This course explores the psychological effects of sound and various ways of using sound to provoke an audience’s reaction with an audio track and how these can be drawn on to support and enhance a visual narration. Examples from films are studied and analyzed from a dramatic narration standpoint. Students design an auditory narration without visuals in the audio software Pro Tools. They design sound for an animated scene and complete the voice-over in collaboration with the acting department. The students complete a report where they analyze their own work on the projects.

Editing 3 | KLM 304

This course focuses on editing a dramatic narrative. Students oversee all technical aspects of shooting a pilot for a TV series in a joint project involving all departments. Each student edits his or her own version of the pilot and the director of the pilot and the instructor settle on the final cut together. The students are then responsible for the completion of the series, i.e. credits and work on the color grading with professionals.

Image processing 3 | MBR 306

The students learn compositing with the After Effects software. The process of compositing, i.e. how shots are integrated to form a visual whole, is reviewed. The use of a “green screen” to blend a key image into an added background is taught. The students learn how to “track” shots and are taught the fundamentals of the Roto software. A 3D camera and how to work with “3D layers” are demonstrated in a cursory manner. The students record material and complete its post-production in After-Effects. The students are given a lecture on other image-processing software, e.g. Nuke and Maya. The students then learn the fundamentals of chromatics and color-grading a telefilm (LSJ105) with a color-grading software.

Screenwriting | HHO 102

This course introduces various fundamentals of classical screenwriting, such as narrative structure, form and style, dialog, plotting and closure. Students learn the main basics of using screenwriting software. Those interested in writing their own scripts for their final projects in the 4th semester use this course for preparation.

History of Art 2 | LIS 202

This course offers an overview of art history with a focus on the relationship between film and painting. What can film learn from painting? Emphasis is on 20th-century art. Students complete a project (posters) with clear references to trends and vogues in 20th-century art.

Visual language and its use | MYN 104

A look at visual language and composition by viewing and analyzing film scenes from various periods. The students stage a film scene in consultation with instructors and examine the visual language impacts narrative progression and the audience’s experience of the film.

Collab. btw departments | SAM 301

Each semester students from all departments must earn one credit in collaboration with other departments. The goals is that each department is ensured access to the other departments and to establish a thriving relationship between the departments.

Film history 3 | KMS 302

Some of the greatest works of film history are introduced, screened and discussed. Ten movies are shown each semester, a total of 40 movies. Each semester represents a section of film history. The movies are screened mostly in a chronological order from the silent era well into the late twentieth century.

Cinematography 4 | KVM 404

This course is linked to the graduation projects. At the beginning of the course various theoretical and technical aspects of cinematography from prior courses are reviewed. The students undergo written and practical examination to corroborate their skills. The students are expected to complete preparations for the thesis film shoot, decide on a cinematography style, conduct tests, make shooting lists or floor plans to be well prepared for the shoots. The students presents the preparation materials for evaluation. The student then directs the shooting of his or her thesis project and the cinematography is graded.

Sound 4 | HLE 403

This course is linked to the students’ graduation project. Initially we review various theoretical and technical issues from previous courses. The students undergo a written and practical examination corroborating their skills. Before the students start shooting their thesis projects they briefly review the basics of location shooting and have the opportunity to ask their instructor questions about their projects. The major part of the course focuses on the sound design of the thesis project where the instructor readily assists every student and they receive the support and advice they need. If a student does not have a thesis project for development in this course he or she completes the sound design on an extracurricular project or one from other programs in collaboration with the instructor, in which case the instructor’s evaluation of skills and demands must be satisfied.

Editing 4 | KLM 404

This course is linked to the students’ thesis project. The course begins with a review of various material from prior courses. The students must pass a test corroborating their knowledge and skills. The students then edit their thesis film in this course with the support and assistance of an instructor in that particular process. The instructor is responsible for the editing being performed with the oversight and vigilance required by all professional editing projects.

Image processing 4 | MBR 403

The course is linked with the students’ graduation course, LHO 208. Initially material from previous courses is reviewed. The students undergo an examination to confirm their abilities. The student color-grades, designs titles and special effects for his or her thesis film. The image processing is graded specifically. An instructor is available for advice and consultation during the process.

Production | FRT 102

The students attend a course in film production. This study phase is intended to help the students with the preparation for their thesis film. The course involves weekly meetings where students produce their own film with the goal of organizing their shoots to run as smoothly as possible.

4th semester final project | LHO 208

The final 4th semester project is an independent individual undertaking of the student’s own choosing produced under the guidance of an instructor. The work in question is a film of some kind, 8 to 20 minutes in length. All the semester’s courses, with the exception of core subjects, are intertwined in this project. The lead instructor of the final project meets regularly with the students during the preparatory process and gives screenwriting advice and suggestions regarding the direction of the film. At the end of the shoot the students embark on three post-production phases, editing, post-production sound and color correction and all these phases are linked to the graduation project. There the students are assisted by the lead instructor but receive additional advice from professional specialists in the field of editing, post-production sound and color grading with the goal of creating a professional graduation project.

Contemporary filmmaking | SAT 102

This course covers contemporary filmmaking What trends and vogues have been prevalent during the last decade? What is happening right now and what does the near future hold in store? The course emphasizes student participation in finding answers to these questions. Each student makes a presentation with film samples where he or she discusses contemporary influences and artists.

Collab. btw departments | SAM 401

Each semester students from all departments must earn one credit in collaboration with other departments. The goals is that each department is ensured access to the other departments and to establish a thriving relationship between the departments.

Film history 4 | KMS 402

Some of the greatest works of film history are introduced, screened and discussed. Ten movies are shown each semester, a total of 40 movies. Each semester represents a section of film history. The movies are screened mostly in a chronological order from the silent era well into the late twentieth century.

Contracts and rates | VER 102

This course is intended to prepare students for entering the work force. The establishment of companies, the most common types of job contracts are examined as well as the responsibilities they entail for contractors and clients or employees and employers. Fees and taxes which have to be accounted for are studied, such as VAT, pension funds, union memberships, etc. The students work in groups and develop their own business plans. The course also covers project management, project planning and applications to competitive funds. Examples from the Icelandic audio/visual industry will be considered specifically.

“I sincerely recommend this program to all those interested in working in film in the future”
Matthías Hálfdánarson, Gratuated spring 2010

“I learned new things every day from teachers , who were many of the most talented in the industry”

Erla Hrund Halldórsdóttir, Graduated spring 2014