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Don Casper

Lecturer
School of Film and Animation
College of Art and Design

585-475-7219
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Don Casper

Lecturer
School of Film and Animation
College of Art and Design

Education

BS, Rochester Institute of Technology

Bio

A 3-time NY Emmy® award winning filmmaker and owner of EPIC10 film & post studio, Don has directed and edited hundreds of corporate videos, TV commercials and has worked on multiple independent films throughout his career. Don is drawn to independent projects that that inspire by shining a light on trailblazing and inspirational figures that embody compassion and inclusion.

He edited The Last Dalai Lama?, a feature documentary directed by Mickey Lemle about His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. Accompanied by a haunting score by Philip Glass and Tenzin Choegyal, this film was released theatrically across North America in 2017, highlighting His Holiness’s efforts and the struggles of the Tibetan people to save their culture.

He directed the short documentary, Don’t Define Me featuring artist Charmaine Wheatley painting portraits of people affected by HIV, capturing their image, thoughts, feelings, joys and challenges. This film screened at numerous film festivals and won the 2020 NY Emmy® Award for Best Director: Non-Live Produced Program.

He served as producer on Turn The Page, a feature documentary directed by Linda Moroney revolving around the work of volunteers as they help incarcerated parents record themselves reading children’s books to audiocassette in order to preserve a parent/child bond during their separation. The film has been broadcast in over 50 public television markets across the United States and received the 2019 NY Emmy® Award in the Human Interest Program Category.

He directed and produced the feature documentary Signs of the Time, which investigates the origins of baseball hand signals and their links to Deaf Culture. Narrated by Richard Dreyfuss, the film was featured in the New York Times, and aired internationally through Public Television and NHK networks earning multiple awards including the 2013 NY Emmy® Award for Outstanding Documentary.

Don currently serves on the faculty at Rochester Institute of Technology in the School of Film and Animation specializing in teaching advanced post-production workflows and documentary film production.

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Currently Teaching

SOFA-514
3 Credits
An introduction to all aspects of the business side of professional film/video narrative documentary and commercial production. Students will form production companies and develop a business plan while considering alternative careers in film, basic financial and legal protocol, and mental preparation needed to enter the film business market. Resumes and reels are assigned projects.
SOFA-406
4 Credits
Students work independently with their advisor towards completion of their capstone experience for their BFA degree. Students have a predetermined timeline and must complete all deadlines to pass this course.
SOFA-407
4 Credits
Students work independently with their advisor towards completion of their capstone experience for their BFA degree. Students have a predetermined timeline and must complete all deadlines of that timeline to pass this thesis course including completion and public screening of finished work or final presentation of craft experience.
SOFA-523
3 Credits
This course is designed to teach students the professional workflow of editing digital film and video files. Students learn the technical craft as well as the aesthetic choices that editors make. Students practice the editing of all genres by editing short fiction, documentary, and experimental projects. Students will explore and learn advanced tools in Final Cut Pro editing software while editing short projects and tutorials. Areas of study include learning a cinema file database, media management, color correction, visual and time based effects, sound processing and track building, multi-camera editing, and titling and graphics. In the second half of the semester, students will learn the basic operation system of AVID editing software and complete three short projects using AVID software.
SOFA-101
3 Credits
A fundamental course in non-synchronous film production and an introduction to digital video editing. Filmmaking is presented as a means of interpretation and expression. This course combines technical information in motion picture exposure and editing with a theoretical and practical approach to motion picture continuity. Production is in non-sync format and post-production is digital software. Students furnish film, tape and processing. **Fee: There is a lab free required for this course. **
SOFA-799
1 - 4 Credits
Film and Animation Graduate Independent Study will provide students with the ability to study in a specialized area with an individual faculty member. Students, with the assistance of a faculty adviser, should propose a course of study or project with clearly defined deliverables. Students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Independent Study Permission Form to enroll. Student must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA to apply.
SOFA-211
4 Credits
Students will make a short documentary film on a subject they choose. Students plan for pre-production including research, contacting possible subjects, and writing a proposal. During the production phase of the film, students will learn interviewing skills, how to direct a documentary crew, and how to work with their subjects. During post production students will learn how to organize their material into a short film. Students will complete projects for screening at the end of the semester. Students can retake this course as a SOFA elective after completing Fiction or Radical Cinema Workshop.
SOFA-599
1 - 6 Credits
SOFA Independent Study will provide students with the ability to study in a specialized area with an individual faculty member. Students, with the assistance of a faculty adviser, should propose a course of study or project with clearly defined deliverables. Students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Independent Study Permission Form to enroll. Student must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA to apply.
SOFA-890
4 Credits
This is the second of two courses designed to advance a student towards completion of their thesis. Students will work independently on their approved plan of work for their thesis while meeting on a regular basis with their committee chair. They are required to meet at least twice with their full committee during the semester as well as present a final screening of their thesis.
SOFA-614
3 Credits
An introduction to all aspects of the business side of professional film/video narrative and commercial production. Students develop a business plan to create their own production company while learning alternative careers in film, basic financial and legal protocol, and mental preparation needed to enter the film business market.
SOFA-790
4 Credits
This is the first of two courses designed to advance a student towards completion of their thesis. Students will work independently on their approved plan of work for their thesis while meeting on a regular basis with their committee chair. They are required to meet at least twice with their full committee during the semester.
SOFA-567
3 Credits
This course offers project-based hands-on color correction with both da Vinci hardware and Adobe, da Vinci and Assimilate software. Introduction to basic color correction techniques and common tools in the industry will be provided. The course will progress from technical equipment setups and calibration to simple primary color correction to advanced secondary and color separation methods. Through assigned projects, students will be taught how to use tone and color to augment theatrical storytelling and add a dimension of professional finish to their films.
SOFA-683
3 Credits
This course will teach students the workflow of editing digital film and video files. Areas of study include learning a cinema file database, media management, color correction, visual and time-based effects, sound processing and track building, multi-camera editing, and titling and graphics. Students will learn the technical craft and the aesthetic choices that editors make in genres such as short fiction, documentary, and experimental projects. Students will be introduced to the basic operation of AVID software.