In this extensive production course, students will have the opportunity to make a short film that expresses a point of view about local issues that resonate worldwide. Films can be personal or political, serious or funny. This hands-on course supports students’ engagement in their local community by teaching them the principles of merging everyday events and journalism with the art and skill of documentary filmmaking. Students will learn how to research compelling stories, effectively use a camera, write and record narration, and edit the different elements of the story together with graphics and sound effects using non-linear editing tools. At the end of the each session, there will be a screening party where friends and family are invited to view the completed films. Sessions will be held off-site on location during filming, as well as at The Plaza Cinema and Media Arts Center. The class is suitable for adults and kids 14+.
EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES – Students will:
Understand how visual and aural information communicate a point of view
Utilize creative and structural thinking skills to write a story outline
Collaborate in teams and develop effective observation, listening, and interviewing skills
Use video and audio equipment technically and creatively
Create a compelling visual story using non-linear editing tools while applying organizational, technical, and creative skills to various elements of the film (interviews, “b-roll”, music, sound effects, voice over, graphics)