Filmmaking - Schoolhouse Teachers

Filmmaking

Length: 29 Weekly Lessons
Includes: Video Instruction and Assignments
Age/Grade: Middle – High School

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How to Use This Course

Advent Film Group’s cofounder, George Escobar, presents the filmmaking course on SchoolhouseTeachers.com for young filmmakers through detailed video instruction and assignments at the end of each video. Topics covered include story structure, screenwriting, casting, and other elements of filmmaking, including editing, sales, marketing, and more. The challenge to your student is to not only learn to make films, but for Christian filmmakers, it is important to put God back into films. The lessons are best followed in consecutive order as they build on each other throughout the course. This course counts as an elective fine arts/technology course. Students who successfully complete the entire 33-week course may earn 1 full academic credit. As always, please check your own state’s academic requirements.

Course Introduction

Advent Film Group’s cofounder, George Escobar, is presenting a 30-part narrated series of short lessons for young filmmakers. Each weekly lesson encapsulates basic but core information about different aspects of filmmaking. Topics will include story structure, screenwriting, casting, and the many elements of film production, including pre- and post-production editing. Other topics will cover sales, marketing, distribution, evaluating film equipment, and career planning.

Following each lesson, a brief assignment or exercise is given to reinforce key points of the subject matter. Links to online film tools or video clips will also be provided to expand or facilitate the lesson.

Advent Film Group is an independent film production and distribution company established to create excellent Christian films by raising up excellent Christian filmmakers. Advent is committed to creating entertaining films that are good for families and that affirm biblical values and principles.

In addition to making entertaining films with powerful messages, Advent is organized around the idea of training the next generation of Christian filmmakers by providing high school students, college students, and adults with hands-on exposure and experience in filmmaking. By making movies that utilize students’ skills and passions, Advent seeks to inspire them to serve God in this crucial message-making and culture-shaping field.

The first opportunity was with Come What May, as 40 students participated in all aspects of the film—from pre-production to filming to post-production to marketing. Since 2007, Advent has produced four feature films and one documentary.

Advent also has held film workshops across the country, some with more than 600 students. From these workshop attendees, nearly 120 aspiring filmmakers were selected to receive hands-on training on Advent film sets, with more than thirty of them holding long-term internships at Advent’s offices in Purcellville, Virginia.

With its vision, Advent Film Group looks to serve and honor God by:

  • Awakening and germinating vocational filmmaking seeds God has placed in the hearts of many young people
  • Building long-term relationships with these young filmmakers, nurturing and encouraging them to grow in their skill and their focus on God’s vision for their work
  • Helping seed and establish young people in the field of filmmaking

Advent Film Group’s goal is that within two generations a new crop of well-trained storytellers committed to Christ will be leading major studio productions of faithful, fruitful, God-affirming films.

Learn more at AdventFilmGroup.com.

SchoolhouseTeachers.com note: George provided bonus webinar material as part of this course. These one-hour sessions were taped at Advent Film Group’s fall 2012 national webinar: “Christian Filmmaking: Providing a Competitive Alternative to Hollywood.” These three webinars are outlined below (Between lessons 11 and 12).

Course Outline

Detailed video instruction along with assignments at the end of each video.

Lesson 1: Part 1 Discovering God’s Stories
Lesson 1: Part 2 Discovering God’s Stories
Lesson 2: Basic Story Structure
Lesson 3: Basic Screenplay Writing
Lesson 4: Casting Basics
Lesson 5: Meet the Crew
Lesson 6: Script-to-Screen
Lesson 7: Choosing a Camera
Lesson 8: Principles of Composition
Lesson 9: Image Resolution
Lesson 10: Part 1 Lighting
Lesson 10: Part 2 Lighting
Lesson 11: Part 1 Basic Audio
Lesson 11: Part 2 Basic Audio Gear for Location Recording

Special Webinar Series: Christian Filmmaking: Providing a Competitive Alternative to Hollywood (webinar),
Part 1: “Making a Micro Budget Film—’The Screenwriters’”

Special Webinar Series: Christian Filmmaking: Providing a Competitive Alternative to Hollywood (webinar),
Part 2: “Every Dad Can Be a Hero: Movies Really Do Matter”

Special Webinar Series: Christian Filmmaking: Providing a Competitive Alternative to Hollywood (webinar),
Part 3: “The Power of Documentaries”

Lesson 12: Audio Recording
Lesson 13: Color Theory: An Introduction
Lesson 14: Post-Production
Lesson 15: Introduction to Color Grading
Lesson 16: Introduction to Audio Sweetening
Lesson 17: Distribution Methods
Lesson 18: Forming an LLC
Lesson 19: Micro-Budget to No-Budget Filmmaking
Lesson 20: Learning Your Craft
Lesson 21: Career Facet: Production Assistant
Lesson 22: Career Facet: Producer
Lesson 23: Career Facet: Director
Lesson 24: Career Facet: Line Director/Unit Production Manager
Lesson 25: Career Facet: Assistant Director
Lesson 26: Career Facet: Cinematographer/Director of Photography
Lesson 27: Career Facet: Production Designer
Lesson 28: Career Facet: Film Editor
Lesson 29: Planning Your Education and Career

This course counts as an elective fine arts/technology course. Students who successfully complete the entire 33-week course may earn 1 full academic credit.

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