Projects aimed at developing skills for producing narrative motion pictures and television dramas. This includes filming dramatic scenes with a single camera (motion picture reversal film, positive projection film, analog video, or digital video) using a separate audio recording device for recording the scripted dialog. Narrative Film Productions are always edited with non-linear technology (either as pieces of film or as digital video inside of a computer) which allows for the compression or expansion of time. Note: Single camera means one or more independent cameras filming separately; not synced cameras as in television studio cameras connected to a switcher in a control booth. (See Television Studio Production below for filming with synced cameras using a switcher.) Narrative Film Production also refers the filmmaking technology (development, pre-production, production, and post production) of narrative television commercials.
Historically, Narrative Film Production includes all narrative motion pictures created after the development of talking pictures ranging from Citizen Kane to GhostBusters including all of the Muppets motion pictures as well as narrative television dramas ranging from Buffy, the Vampire Slayer to The Shield (shot with 16mm Arriflex SRIII film cameras using Steadicam) and Scrubs (which is edited with Final Cut Pro.)