Course Description

In this introductory course, students will learn all aspects of digital video production, including pre-production, camera handling, sound, lighting, and editing; as well as delve into basic story telling and narrative construction. Through lecture, class presentations, in-class discussions and practical assignments, students will be introduced to HD video on multiple capture platforms and the postproduction tools and techniques required of each to produce exceptional finished video and multimedia projects. One of the following is required to be provided by the student for this course:  phone camera with video, DSLR, or MSLR. 

Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the vocabulary and production components of creating video projects
  • Have an understanding of video capture platform options including HDV, DSLR, Cell Phone, shooting, lighting, and audio capture techniques
  • Apply appropriate video preproduction and production management methods to complete projects as planned
  • Demonstrate basic editing capabilities using current video editing software
  • Demonstrate basic story telling skills and narrative construction
  • Work on a film set with an understanding of etiquette, terminology, gear and safety



Dean DePhillipo has been a freelance photographer and video camera operator since graduating from Brooks Institute of Photography in 1989. Dean has shot stills and video in 38 countries, documenting and telling the visual stories of the underwater world, exotic animals, people, architecture and locations. A partial list of print credits includes publications offered by: Smithsonian Institution, The Cousteau Society, and Stanford University. Video credits include Discovery Channel, The Travel Channel, NBC Nightly News, and CNN. Currently Dean teaches video courses at the MAD Academy in Santa Barbara and at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles.


With fresh, exciting courses in photography, Brooks at UCSB seeks to stimulate, inspire, and energize students. Whether for school projects, business presentations, or just to express ideas in more creative and unique ways, these hands-on classes are taught by former faculty members of Brooks Institute of Photography, and special guest instructors. For more information, visit ernestbrooksfoundation.org.

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