ACTING FOR THE CAMERA
Free your imagination and focus on your personal “character” qualities to transform yourself in front of a camera. Learn the special techniques of commercial acting through scene-study, sensory exercises, and monologues.
DOCUMENTARY FILM MAKING
From behind the movie camera, what is really going on in your school? Explore the process of interviewing, researching, and choosing images to portray your school's world, and learn the art and technique of documentary storytelling. What is the "behind the scenes" story of your school? Learn the art and technique of visual storytelling, and create the "real" story of your own school and community.
FROM THE STORY TO THE SCREEN
Students work individually or in pairs to create their own five-page screenplay that will culminate in a reading-performance by professional actors. They will explore theme, content, character, dialogue, “the message,” and “the arc” of the story, and gain an understanding of the various roles that professionals play in the film and television industry.
Students will learn the basics of journalism, from collecting, writing, and editing stories, to presenting them in print form. Students will focus on the newspaper medium as well as online formats. The class encourages a thoughtful awareness and critical analysis of news reporting.
JOURNALISM NOW - BROADCAST JOURNALISM
Explore and express yourselves “on air” on vital issues that affect your world. Working as a team, students will identify key characters in a newscast, research stories, conduct interviews, write copy, and learn effective reporting and on-camera presence.
NARRATIVE FILM MAKING I
Take an idea and expand it into a narrative screenplay, focusing on creating plot, structure, characters, and emotional resonance. Topics include casting, working with actors, collaborating with a creative team, camera blocking, creating the shot list, and visual composition.
NARRATIVE FILM MAKING II
A 12-week intensive workshop on filmmaking coordinated by a team of teachers. The class will be divided into three four-week sessions:
Acting for the Camera
Making the Film
*A great experience for middle and high school students.
Using improvisation, theatre games and group discussion, students will work on the development of an interesting “idea” to create a short play. Working in teams, their creativity will be nurtured and they will improve their writing skills in this workshop that culminates in a mini-performance.
SPEAK UP! - PUBLIC SPEAKING DEBATE
In education, as in life, students will definitely be faced with the creation of an oral presentation. This class provides a foundation in public speaking that is specific to each student’s personality and style. Practice the steps of creating a speech, from researching topics, analyzing data and organizing main points, to practicing and delivering their final product. Develop your appreciation of posture, articulation, projection and “stage presence.”
THE ART OF THE STORYBOARD
Become the “eye of the camera” as you create your own PSA (Public Service Announcement) or commercial from start to finish. Visually interpret your message through the making of a storyboard. Working individually or in groups, students will focus on developing the literal idea and its visual interpretation.
Discover the practices of voice-over for radio and television commercials, focusing on vocal techniques, reading skills, and improvisation techniques with the microphone. Learn different voice-over styles, from narrations to character work. Class will culminate with students working together in teams to create a taped commercial.
WHAT ARE THEY TELLING US? - A CRITICAL LOOK AT SOCIAL MEDIA
Learn to critically view television and other forms of media as you begin to understand and identify the language associated with different forms of mass media. Working with a media professional, they will begin to examine your ability to distinguish fact from fiction, analyze images and critique role models.