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Advanced Film Production

This studio-production and research-based class emphasizes scripting, project planning, more sophisticated camera work and production practices, as well as advanced editing and post-production techniques, all through the lens of Quakerism. Devising original films is the primary goal of this course. Students continue to work collaboratively on strengthening and refining their filmmaking skills as well as deepening their understanding of the five primary production roles. Students learn to use film as a vehicle for artistic self-expression, and learn to identify and develop their creative intentions through a range of production projects and also through concentrated research and written reflection.

The first mod, Production Roles, focuses on the skills required for and interconnections among the production roles of writing, directing, sound design, cinematography, and editing. Students taking this course for the first time are assigned small-scale creative projects to develop proficiency in each role. Students taking this course for a second time work collaboratively as a production team to develop mastery of one production role towards a larger creative project. 11th grade IB students develop and begin their portfolio plans. 12th grade IB students complete their portfolios and begin working on their collaborative film through the lens of their designated production role.

In the second mod, Signal to Noise, students explore composition and intentionality, learning to make deliberate choices that “signal” their message and voice, while simultaneously eliminating distracting “noise.” Consideration is given to how genre-specific choices such as story, mis-en-scène, sound, and editing can either distract from or enhance the voice and intention of the director.

The focus of the third mod, The Filmmaker’s Voice, is on directorial choices. Students consider Auteur Theory and study a variety of directors to understand how a filmmaker’s production choices can create a unique style of storytelling. After receiving instruction on auteur theory and analyzing the work of a range of of well-known directors, students taking this course for the first time study of a single director and model a creative project in the style of their chosen filmmaker. Those taking the course for a second time are challenged to demonstrate a higher level of creativity in their production project, showcasing their own unique voice as a filmmaker, rather than imitating the style of another.

This course may be taken more than once. Students taking more than one credit must progress though the mods in sequential order, though the progression may span multiple years.

Min-Max Credit Hours: 1.0-3.0