Film Studies: Introduction to Film (Middle School Elective) *FLEX*
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.
Angelia Derrick (she/her)
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Completed by 3 learners
learners per class
$24 per week
Over 12 weeks
No live meetings
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General Course Summary This course explores a wide variety and range of film types and units of study, including film history, shot composition, editing techniques, animation, special effects, sound in film, film ratings, specialists that help make a film, and individual genre-based units of study. Additionally, students are introduced to basic script formatting, writing, and “pitching.” Focus includes the development of techniques for analysis in shot composition, story structure mapping,...
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 essay-length written reflections in in MLA format on in-class films screened in their entirety or another topic suggested b the teachers (students have the option to do an oral slideshow presentation instead)
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.
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, exams and homework assignments. 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. Participations in discussion threads of assigned films 4. Three essay-length written reflections in in MLA format on in-class films screened in their entirety or another topic suggested b the teachers. *Students have the option to do a oral slideshow presentations instead of essays. 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.
No live meetings, 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. 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.
Angelia Derrick (she/her)
Lover of Books and Movies
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
132 total reviews
276 completed classes
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...