Film Studies

Film Studies focuses on film as an art form and artifact of contemporary society. Students will learn to become critical observers of the conventions of visual communication by studying film techniques (the “grammar” of film), and by learning and writing about different film themes and genres.

Semester one begins with an extensive unit exploring cinematic techniques and film terminology, and continues on with such films as Duel, Lars and the Real Girl, The Truman Show, Moulin Rouge, The Bourne Identity, and Juno. Semester two moves on to movies which are paired thematically (such as Edward Scissorhands and The Stepford Wives - the original) to explore depictions of conformity and compliance in contemporary society. Lastly, students will develop an approach to film which allows them to adapt, script and shoot a literary or documentary movie.

Open to all students, grades 9-12.