Navigating the Practical Realities of the Film Industry


Units: 3

Description: The course will be an in-depth analysis of the entertainment industry, specifically, the movie and theater businesses and transformations in the digital era. The class will highlight talent representation (agents, managers, lawyers, etc.), film packaging, the studio system, and the transitions between screen to stage with some attention to Broadway theatre. The class will indoctrinate participants into the language and dynamics of the industry through the eyes of an insider to help prepare students for the practical realities of entering, building, and sustaining a career in the entertainment field. In other words, this class focuses on examining the basic ‘nuts and bolts’ of the industry and the changing landscape due to the rapidly evolving distribution models.

Learning Outcomes: By the end of the course, students should be able to: • Gain an overview of the entertainment industry. • Scrutinize the “game-board” of Hollywood: objectives, players, language and rhythms of the movie business. • Analyze and understand the agency business (touching on managers, lawyers, publicists) • Examine the studio system, the production companies and the producers • Gather and apply practical information vital for having a career in the entertainment industry today

Syllabus: LA_93-879_Navigating_the_Practical_Realities_of_the_Film_Industry_Syllabus_F18.pdf