Film Courses at Beacon
9th Grade Film
Part of the 9th Grade Arts Rotation, 9th Grade Film is an 8-9 week introduction to practical film-making. Students initially focus on the language and techniques of audio and moving image, studying a number of short stop-frame animation films as examples. We then move straight into camera/photography skills, where students experiment with stop-frame motion, tripods, and basic movement of inanimate objects. Students develop and pitch ideas for a short stop-frame motion film, working solo or in pairs to create a 30 -60 second film. Students are expected to design the film from start to finish, writing an outline of action, storyboarding key composition, and using Final Cut Pro and/or Adobe Premiere as primary editing software.
Sample Films for 9th Grade Film:
- Hit & Miss (Sam Mendelsohn, 2018)
- Welcome to Pairville (Emily Zas, 2018)
- Blue Man Meets Girl (Brian Ortiz, 2016)
We begin the Digital Film class by analyzing a range of film techniques and styles. Students learn to use new vocabulary to describe the filmmaking process as they begin to practice camera and editing skills. Individually or in pairs, students plan, storyboard and make a short film lasting anywhere from 30 seconds to 4 minutes long. Using DSLR cameras, sound and lighting equipment, students take their footage and digitally edit their work using Final Cut Pro and/or Adobe Premiere. Previous film projects have included narrative film, documentary, trailers, adverts, music video and montage, claymation and animation.
Sample Films for Digital Film:
- Tristan (TJ Williams, 2017)
- Mecca (Alex Castell Croke, 2017)
- Leah and her Pets (Pamela Toussaint, 2018)
Advanced Film Production
Sample Films for Advanced Film Production:
Beacon Film Festival