Southeastern's Division of Extended Studies to host open house to introduce new non-credit course offerings

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt
Date: December 17, 2012


     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University's Division of Extended Studies invites members of the community to an open house Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. to present information on two new non-credit offerings for the film industry.

     "Introduction to Videography" and "Basic Video Editing: An Introduction to Post-Production Film" will be available next spring for high school students and adults interested in the growing film industry.

     The open house will be hosted by instructors Sharon Edwards, an independent filmmaker, and Jamie Bass, a telecast producer at the Southeastern Channel, at Southeastern's St. Tammany Center, located at 21454 Koop Drive in Mandeville. Film enthusiasts can find out more about each class and learn about software and hardware that will be used in the training. The instructors will discuss how the classes will work together to give hands-on experience in production and post-production film.

     Introduction to Videography will introduce students to the process of recording moving images with video cameras and the principles of effective lighting techniques, Bass said. The course will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, Feb. 25 through March 6, from 6 to 9 p.m.

     "Students will learn the fundamentals of composing shots and how to properly light the subject to achieve different effects," Bass said. "Students will also learn basic camera functions, basic audio principals and how to prepare video for post-production. Cameras will be provided and students also can bring their own camera or DSLR to shoot video."

     Edwards will offer two sessions of Basic Video Editing. Taught on Tuesdays and Thursdays from March 12 through March 21, students will have the option to take the course from either 2 to 5 p.m. or 6 to 9 p.m.

     "The introduction to post-production film editing course will provide students the opportunity to learn how to import video, create a workflow, use editing techniques, transitions and effects, create titles, and turn the edited video into files for viewing on computers and TV," Edwards said.

     Edwards is the Digital Arts Program coordinator for the Olde Towne Arts Center and director of the Pontchartrain Film Festival.

     "This hands-on course will teach the basic film editing skills you need to get professional results from any footage," she said.

     Both courses will be held at the St. Tammany Center at a cost of $150 each. For on-line registration or to find out more about these or other Extended Studies courses, visit or call Extended Studies in Hammond at (985) 549-2301 or Mandeville at (985) 893-6251.



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