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Film Studies: Introduction to Film (Middle School Elective)

In this 12-week class that can be used as a middle school elective, students will learn how to appreciate, analyze and interpret stories, character, story structure, and narrative technique through the medium of film (movies & cinema).
Angelia Derrick (she/her)
110 total reviews for this teacher
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Completed by 10 learners
Class
55 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 12 weeks
11-14
year olds
2-8
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Mon, Nov 28

Nov 28, 2022 – Mar 15, 2023 (12 weeks)
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10:00 – 10:55 AM
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Description

Class Experience

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. 
1.	Three “Three Page Challenge” student-created scripts.
2.	Regular nightly homework with mini-writing assignments and analysis of student and teacher-selected film clips.
3.     Watch assigned films and fill out tracking sheets for each film. 
4.	Three written reflections in in MLA format on in-class films screened in their entirety or another topic suggested by the teachers (students have the option to do in-class presentations instead).
Students will need to rent/stream required movies to watch as homework. The Princess Bride, Cat Ballou, Arrival, Poltergeist, Jurassic Park, Clue, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Bumblebee, Hidden Figures, and Little Women.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
If you wish to take this class for fun and not as an elective credit, your parent can request that no grade be issued. If you don't wish for a grade, you can skip the three papers and the written responses to questions.

For a Grade:
Methods of Assessment
1.	Three “Three Page Challenge” student-created scripts
2.	Regular nightly homework with at-home analysis of student and teacher-selected film clips
3.	In-class discussion of assigned films
4.	Three written reflections in in MLA format on in-class films screened in their entirety or another topic suggested by the teachers (students have the option to do in-class presentations instead).
5.	Mid-Term and Final Exam

Homework assignments, watching the movies, and short scripts will be given points based off completion and turning them in on time. 

Mid-term and final exams are multiple choice and grade will be auto-determined based on the number that are correct. 
Essays turned in on time will start with a 100% and then will go down based off not using MLA format, spelling errors, poor grammar, not coming to a conclusion, not completing or explaining your thoughts and conclusion clearly, not backing up your thoughts and assumptions, and not having an outside source. 

Presentation turned in on time will start with a 100% and then will go down based off not having a works cited slide and title slide, not using various slide layouts to best show of your text, not using any graphics or pictures, spelling errors, poor grammar, not having a point to your presentation, not having an outside source, and not making them visually appealing. 
1 hour 50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
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. 
This class uses and is based off the Film Studies: Intro to Film elective curriculum created by English Gamechangers. 

Teacher

Angelia Derrick (she/her)
🇺🇸
Lives in the United States
Lover of Books and Movies
110 total reviews
234 completed classes

About Me

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... 
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