THIS COURSE NO LONGER IS AVAILABLE
DATES: WEEKS 1 THROUGH 4 (one course)*
TIME: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. PT
RECOMMENDED GRADES: 10 & up
TUITION: $1,200/four-week course
TECHNICAL/MATERIALS REQUIREMENTS: Access to the streaming Criterion collection (available on a monthly basis for $10.99). Use of a video camera/phone that shoots digital video. Access to consumer grade editing software (e.g. iMovie, Adobe Premiere, Windows Media Player, etc.)
INSTRUCTORS: Laura Bahr & Ezra Werb
Be part of the next wave of filmmakers! In these strange times, we need new imaginative voices — we want you to make a movie! This is a soup-to-nuts “Make a Short Film” workshop. Using digital and household tools you have at home, students will be guided through the filmmaking process, all to take place in and around students’ homes. Students will learn:
● Writing a Shot List
● Basics of lighting/photography
● Principles of video editing
● Basics of sound
Students will also learn how to see film not as entertainment, but as a means of expression. They will watch films and learn how to analyze form and style and provide meaningful critique. In the end, students’ completed short films will be shared in our virtual screening room/student film showcase. Students will be also be watching and analyzing cinema from the Criterion collection and participating in online discussions about film as art.
Along with class times, students are expected to do 2-4 hours of self-directed independent work each day, including movie watching and creative producing of their movie. Students will need to be self-directed and engage in mature and respectful discussions about film. You’ll get out of this class what you put in! All movies watched will be on the Criterion Collection app. Possible movies include: The Red Balloon, The Fits, Police Story, Blackboard Jungle, The Lady Vanishes, My Life as a Dog, 400 Blows, Bunny Lake is Missing, La Jetee, Breathless, and The Stranger, among others.
Students should be self-directed, but parents should be available to participate in the film production process as actors, camera people, sound etc. or help with tech support.
*This course has one section which runs from Week 1 through Week 4.