For grades 11-12, students in this course analyze film as both an art and means of communication. They are taught to “read” a film, analyzing its narrative structure, genre conventions, subtext, technical and artistic factors and purpose. The emphasis is on the various techniques used by filmmakers to convey meaning.
The course also introduces traditions of filmmaking, especially the narrative traditions shared with literature as well as the history of cinema. In addition, students examine how films often reflect the times and conditions in which they are made, and conversely, how motion pictures sometimes help shape the attitudes and values in society. Along with verbal and written analysis, the students will also create short film related projects.