Middle School Syllabus

Syllabus Middle School Film Class
– Class Cancel Due To COVID-19

Introduction to Film Production
Instructor- Chhay Mam

This course offers an introduction to the fundamental elements and processes of film production. It will focus on the qualities of the films and images as a 2-dimension visual art form. Additionally, students will be introduced to acting, dancing, lighting, screenplay writing, and video production sound. Students will work in digital video and edit in Final Cut Pro. All necessary equipment will be provided by Tacoma Public Library and SHA. Students may also use their own gears and software to complete assignments outside of class time.

After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Create a digital short film project;
  2. Have a basic understanding of film pre-production, production, and post-production;
  3. Have a basic knowledge of common terms in cinematic language.

ATTENDANCE:
Group process and collaboration are essential parts of this course. Attendance is a must!

Session 3

Week 1 – Introduction Week (1/13/2020 to 1/16/2020)

  • Ice Breaker
  • Team Building Activities
  • Film Class: Lecture Why make films?
  • Intro: Ocean Fest Film Making Contest
  • Short Video: Cosmic Eye
  • Lector: Choreography
  • Project: Action Film
  • Short Video/Poem: Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan

Week 2 –  (1/21/2020 to 1/23/2020)

  • Icebreaker Warmup
  • Intro Types of Shots
  • How to shoot Fight Screen
  • Watch Short Action Clip
  • Action Film Screen Play

Week 3 –  (1/27/2020 to 1/30/2020)

  • Types of Shots (Wide, Medium, Closeup)
  • Action Film Screen Play
  • Action Film Story Board
  • Media Release Form
  • Props: Masks for Video
  • Short Film: Ice Pepper (Baker)

Week 4 –  (2/03/2020 to 2/06/2020)

  • Review Action Film Types of Shots (Wide, Medium, Closeup)
  • Production Week: Action Film
  • Collect Media Release Forms
  • Group 1: Post Production

Week 5 –  (2/10/2020 to 2/13/2020)

  • Post-Production Week: Edit Action Film
  • Short Film: Watch Your Feelings
  • Intro: Plastic Ocean Lecture

Week 6 –  (2/18/2020 to 2/20/2020)

  • Intro Visual Story Telling: “Show don’t Tell”
  • Environmental Movie – Wall-e (Prep Ocean Fest)
  • Warmup Partnering (?)

Week 7 – Screen Play Ocean Fest (2/24/2020- 2/27/2020)

  • Finish Movie
  • Acting Game: Charades
  • Group activity Brain Storm: Ocean Fest
  • Screenplay: Ocean Fest

Week 8 – Production Week Oceanfest (3/2/2020 – 3/5/2020)

  • Icebreaker: Pictionary
  • Group 2 Filmocean Fest Video
  • Group 1 Edit video
  • Lecture: How to edit a Scary Movie.

Week 9 –OceanFest Presentation (3/9/2020- 3/10/2020)
Last Week Of Class Due to Covid-19

  • Ocean Fest Presentation
  • Final Post-Production Week
  • Research Plastic and Ocean
  • Add Synopsis, Text, and Charity Group

Session 1 and 2

Week 1 – Introduction Week

Week 2 – Movement

  • Icebreaker
  • Intro Final Cut Pro
  • Create: Where is Matt Parody
  • Where is Matt Video
  • ReEdit Where is Matt Parody
  • Akira Kurosawa Composing Movement

Week 3 – Intro Final Cut Pro

  • Re-edit With Final Cut Pro
  • Add Text
  • Introduce Share AirDrop
  • Introduce Chroma Key
  • John Introduction Film Sound (Baker)

Week 4 – Final Cut Pro

  • Short Video: Piper (animation)
  • Short Video: The Present
  • Re-edit With Final Cut Pro
  • Add Text
  • Collaborate AirDrop
  • Add Dancing Zebra
  • John Introduction Film Sound (Steward)

Week 5 – Final

  • Film Class Recruitment
  • Final: Dance Video Presentation

Week 6 – Review & Intro Screenplay Writing

Week 7 – Screenplay Writing & Joke Project

  • 180 Degree Rule
  • Work on Joke Screen Play
  • Start Jokes Project
  • Introduce Tripod

Week 8 – Part 1: Production & Post Production Joke Video

Week 9 – Part 2 (short Week): Production & Post Production Joke Video

  • Production Joke Film
  • 180 Degree Rule Video
  • Review First Version Joke Film

Week 10 – Part 3: Production & Post Production Joke Video

  • Intro to intellectually property rights
  • Intro Youtube Audio Library
  • Re-Shoot Joke Video
  • Re-Edit Joke Video

Week 11 – Movie Week

  •  Movies: Spirited Away
  • Introduce Ocean Fest