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Film Studies: Intro to Film (FLEX)

In this 10-week course, students will learn the basic terms and techniques to analyze film as an artform.
Andrew Johnson
20 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 2 learners
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No live meetings
Over 10 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per week

How does a "Flex" course work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

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Class Experience

This course is focused on the basic elements of film form and aesthetics, such as cinematography, mise en scene, editing, sound, and more. Students will learn how to identify, analyze, and think critically about these elements in the films they watch.
I am a licensed high school teacher who has been teaching literature and film for over six years. I'm also a co-founder of the North Carolina Film Critics Association and a freelance film critic (you can still find some of my old reviews on RottenTomatoes). I have a Masters degree in Arts Journalism (focused on film criticism) and a Bachelors degree in Film.
Students will need to showcase their understanding by contributing to Classroom discussions virtually and submitting assignments for feedback.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Students will be given feedback on what they contribute to Classroom discussions, their answers to reflection questions, and the assignments they submit.
No live meetings, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
Clips from R-rated films may occasionally be shown as examples of particular film techniques, and students will be asked to screen some R-rated films in their entirety as examples of particular film elements. None of the films screened contain excessive sexuality, though some may contain profanity, mature themes, and violence and/or gore. Upon registering for the course, a list of all the films will be provided. In the event a student or parent feels uncomfortable screening an R-rated film, I provide suggestions for an alternative film that also showcases the respective film element. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the films that will be screened.

This course is targeted at high school students. As such, I expect students to be mature young adults and to behave professionally when submitting assignments and interacting with others on the Classroom discussion board. Because film -- like all art -- often deals with controversial or mature topics, it is possible reflection questions may address any number of issues (eg. religion, politics, sex, violence, etc). As an educator, I feel very few topics should be "off-limits" for discussion, and students are encouraged to communicate openly and honestly about their thoughts and feelings. However, bringing up "adult" topics unprompted, making vulgar jokes, or otherwise treating mature themes gratuitously will not be tolerated.


Andrew JohnsonTeacher, Film Critic, Gamemaster
20 total reviews
13 completed classes

About Me

What I Teach: 
My primary passions are film, English literature, and gaming. My lessons are designed for older students and focus on developing critical thinking and analysis, along with creativity and personal interpretation. I'm the kind of... 
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