Film Studies: Introduction to Film *FLEX*

Angelia Derrick (she/her)
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Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(152)
In this 12-week class, students will learn how to appreciate, analyze & interpret theme, character, story structure, & narrative technique through the medium of film as they study movies, write scripts, & learn about the business of cinema.

Class experience

US Grade 6 - 8
Beginner - Intermediate Level
Students will learn how to appreciate, analyze and interpret theme, character, story structure, and narrative technique through the medium of film. We will also explore the artistry of sound, camera, costumes, set making, stunts, and SFX that help the filmmakers tell their stories.  
Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting
Bachelor of Arts in Applied Arts: Creative Writing
Certificates from Institute of Children's Literature
Certificates from Institute for Writers
Writing young adult fantasy and space opera under the pen name Angelia Almos. 
Homework Offered
1. Full length film watches each week and completed tracking sheets for each film. 2. One practice script and three 3-page student-created scripts. 3. Verbally pitch a possible film (part of Blockbuster lesson) 4. Choice: Essays in MLA format on film and cinema (suggested topics will be provided). 5. Choice: Oral slideshow presentations on film and cinema (suggested topics will be provided). 6. Choice: Create a short film from a prompt provided by the teacher. 7. Choice: Multiple choice mid-term exam and final exam.
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
Students will need to rent/stream required movies to watch as homework. The Princess Bride, Coco, Cat Ballou, Mary Poppins, Arrival, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Poltergeist, Jurassic Park, Black Panther, ParaNorman, Clue, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Bumblebee, Dolphin Tale, Hidden Figures. 
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
We will be discussing and/or watching clips and full films of PG-13 and R rated movies in this class that might contain adult content such as violence, language, and sexuality. 

Students will be provided with a list of both free and paid screenwriting programs to write their scripts as well as websites to read screenplays for free. 

The mid-term and final exam will be conducted utilizing Google Forms. Learners will need a gmail to take the tests (requirement of Google), but they can use a parent/guardian gmail and do not need their own. 

A few of the homework assignments will include watching a YouTube video and the link will be posted in the classroom. One of the homework assignments can be submitted via Flipgrid. 
This class uses and is based off the Film Studies: Intro to Film elective curriculum created by English Gamechangers. 

Meet the teacher

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Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(152)
Pronoun: she/her/hers

"Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world." - Robert McKee

My hope is to help nurture your love of stories as well as your individual voice while giving you the tools and skills you need to tell... 
Flex Class


weekly or $288 for 12 weeks
12 weeks

Completed by 5 learners
No live video meetings
Ages 11-14

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