This course is designed to introduce students to the processes and tools involved in creating narrative films. The course covers cinema studies, which emphasize film language and genre, as well as the five stages of filmmaking: development, pre-production, production, post-production, and distribution. During the development stage, students will learn film history, film genres, and the three act story structure. Developing writing skills and an understanding of the art and history of film is essential to any filmmaker. Students will write original screenplays. The pre-production aspect of the course will develop students’ critical abilities, enabling them to appreciate the many complexities of the film medium. Students will design sets, props and costumes, storyboard their films, and create a shooting schedule. The production aspect of the course will involve students studying cinematography along with shooting their own films, experiencing the various jobs on a film set. Those careers include, but are not limited to director, director of photography (cinematographer), assistant director, property master, grip, set decorator, gaffer, 1st and 2nd assistant camera, sound recordist, costume supervisor, and production assistant. This aspect of the course emphasizes the importance of working mostly as a member of a group. Students are encouraged to develop the organizational and technical skills needed to express themselves creatively in filmmaking. In the post-production stage, students will learn the role of the editor in film, learn editing software basics and then edit their films. In the distribution stage, students will work to get their films out to the public and create interest in their films through marketing and graphic design work. The student films should be presented in school premieres or school film festivals or internet-based video platforms. Through the critique process, students evaluate and respond to their own work and that of their peers. Through cinematography and the creation of marketing materials, students will practice and manipulate the structural elements of art and/or the organizational principles of design in a composition from observation, research, and/or imagination.
Course Requirements: Students must have photo and video consent forms signed.
English Language Development (ELD) Standards Special Notes Section:
Teachers are required to provide listening, speaking, reading and writing instruction that allows English language learners (ELL) to communicate for social and instructional purposes within the school setting. For the given level of English language proficiency and with visual, graphic, or interactive support, students will interact with grade level words, expressions, sentences and discourse to process or produce language necessary for academic success. The ELD standard should specify a relevant content area concept or topic of study chosen by curriculum developers and teachers which maximizes an ELL’s need for communication and social skills. To access an ELL supporting document which delineates performance definitions and descriptors, please click on the following link: http://www.cpalms.org/uploads/docs/standards/eld/SI.pdf.
For additional information on the development and implementation of the ELD standards, please contact the Bureau of Student Achievement through Language Acquisition at email@example.com.