DIGITAL FILM PRODUCTION

Grade: 10-12

Semester: Year long course

Credit: 1.0 elective

Prerequisite: Students need a B or better in Intro to Film (film wheel course)

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Craftsmanship is a beginner’s level course where students learn to master the roles of a film set. Students form tight-knit crews to gain a skilled grasp of the craftsmanship required in the cinematography, directing, editing, and production teams. While studying the craftsmanship of each area of filmmaking via direct instruction, hands-on modeling, and first-hand experience, students will also rotate roles to explore personal strengths and preferences; a student may be the assistant director on one project and then be the director of photography in the next. Students will learn to produce the short film, write screenplays, direct actors and crew, manipulate lights and camera features, work as grips and gaffers, edit with Final Cut Pro, submit to significant film festivals, and more. They will simultaneously initiate their personal portfolios consisting of visual exercises, scenes and short films, with the goal of compiling a body of work that exhibits growth as well as marketability.

ADVANCED FILM PRODUCTION

Grade: 11-12

Semester: Year long course

Credit: 1.0 elective

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course builds upon the “crew skills” already mastered in order to explore the individual student’s filmmaking aesthetic. Students will rotate roles within the production, cinematography, directing, and editing teams and collaborate on projects that survey four major mediums of filmmaking: the narrative form, the experimental form, the documentary, and broadcasting. Students will gain a more nuanced study of filmmaking as they examine the intricacies of screenwriting, directing, shooting, and editing. Some of the topics include plotting, script analysis, directing actors, emotional vs. realistic lighting, advanced camera operation, rhythmic editing, and many more. Students will be exposed to opportunities that will fine-tune their filmmaking strengths, as well as their aesthetic vision.

 

SCREENWRITING: THE HERO’S JOURNEY

Grade: 11-12

Semester: Year long course

Credit: 1.0 elective

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  In this class students will focus on the craft of storytelling in the screenplay format. The class will focus strongly on plot arch, character development, conflict development, and dialogue. The students will be writing, reading, rewriting, and writing some more. The primary objectives of the class are to become better storytellers and to create screenplays that will be produced in the film production classes.

 

CONCENTRATED FILM STUDIES

Grade: 11-12

Semester: Year long course

Credit: 1.0 elective

Prerequisite: The Art of Filmmaking and admission by panel, post-interview
process

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This is the most advanced film course offered to students accepted by a panel upon completion of an application and interview process. The goal of the course is to enrich the craft and aesthetic of advanced film students. Working as a small team of filmmakers and with the guidance of the instructor, students collaborate on intensive workshops to co-create scripts and storyboards and then utilizing their accumulated skills, they produce, shoot, and edit various film projects. Unlike the previous courses where students rotate roles, this course allows each student to concentrate on one of the departments (production, directing, or cinematography). The advanced team benefits from the independence of creating its own film projects, as well as from the support of an underclass crew. Designed as a collaborative roundtable workshop, the course also provides the environment for students to polish the skills of their preferred area of filmmaking.

DIMENSIONS OF CINEMA (FILM THEORY)

Grade: 10-12

Semester: Year long course

Credit: 1.0 elective

COURSE DESCRIPTION: “Dimensions of Cinema” is a film theory course that trains students in the historical and aesthetic dimensions of filmmaking through the analysis and discussion of important works of cinema.  In the course, we will examine the various “dimensions” that make up such a dynamic art form.  Students will learn how to develop an appreciation of film based on the cinematic traditions contained within narrative, documentary, and experimental forms, and acquire a critical, technical, and aesthetic vocabulary relating to particular cinematic practices and structures.  We will examine how meaning in films is shaped by the uses of camera, editing, lighting, sound, and acting and evaluate the importance of genre and the legacy of individual filmmakers throughout the history of cinema.

DIGITAL EDITING

Grade: 10-12

Semester: Year long course

Credit: 1.0 elective

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Once a film is “in the can”, the storytelling can begin. In digital editing students will be learning how to tell stories through the art of non-linear editing. This class will focus on using industry standard editing equipment and software, namely Final Cut Pro, in order to cut together pieces that are festival worthy. This class will cover the workflow of post-production, from capturing materials to creating the story one wants to tell to color correction and final export for the desired finished product. Although there will be the necessity of learning competency of a professional software, the primary focus of the class will developing one’s own personal sense of creativity in the storytelling process.

ADVANCED DIGITAL EDITING

Grade: 11-12

Semester: Year long course

Credit: 1.0 elective

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This class is for the experienced editor. Students will be working on projects hand in hand with the advanced production class to create great films to enter into festivals and build their portfolios. There will be a focus on mastery of the professional non-linear editing system Final Cut Pro. This class will also provide a serious investigation into film theory, audience theory, and fundamentals of filmic semiotics.

CONTACT US

1011 Lamberton NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Phone: (505) 341-0888
Fax: (505) 341-0658

QUICK LINKS
© Digital Arts & Technology Academy Copyright 2016. All rights reserved.