Available to: all qualified students, see placement requirements on the Arts Department page

Schedule: one semester

Special notes: This semester-long course has a yearlong option. If you choose to take only a semester, the course must be paired with another arts course before graduation in order to fulfill Stevenson’s diploma requirement. To fulfill the “f” arts admissions requirement for the UC and Cal State schools, the second course should also be in the visual arts discipline.

In this course, students learn how to create their own films, starting with bite-sized, attainable goals like 15 second movies without dialogue, as well as reports that can be transferred to their other courses. Students explore all the components of short documentary and narrative films—from concept development to post-production—and develop competence to create their own projects from start to finish. Students learn strategies for creating compelling stories, and they screen films to study techniques and styles of noted filmmakers. Students work collaboratively to practice script writing; storyboarding; set, sound and lighting design; cinematography; directing; camera operation; and editing. Students try their hand at producing their own short documentary film. Students should supply their own iPhone or equivalent with a fully functional camera. In addition, a digital SLR camera would be beneficial but is by no means required (the Canon EOS Rebel T6i at about $500 is one good choice). Assistance is available upon review.