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i would like to solicit the list's help with a new course undertaking

my institution is discussing the possibility of introducing a basic
course that we talk about as "intro to  filmmaking"  even though we
would be limited to using video as the medium for the course . . . the
course would be a liberal arts elective, aimed at a  largely business
oriented student population, and would be analogous to the
introductory courses we already offer in fiction writing, poetry writing,
and play writing . . .but before we open a search for someone to
teach the course we need to project what would be involved . . .

although we have offered film analysis courses for  years, none of
us has any experience  in filmmaking . . .so, could someone who does
provide some basic info on -- at a minimum -- what kinds of facilties would
be needed, what equipment each student would have to have, and how
much of an expenditure would be involved in offering such a course?

other relevant information would also be  appreciated, especially if
any of you have experience in offering such courses within very strict
budgetary constraints . . .

thanks very much

mike

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