Send by email

This year-long, advanced media production course is intended as a companion course to various senior offerings in the English department. Students will learn about various documentary and narrative film genres and will produce short, scripted films based on content developed in their English classes. Prerequisite: successful completion of Media Arts or equivalent. Juniors may enroll with consent of the instructor. This class will meet two times per week for the entire year; upon completion, students will receive one full credit.


Unit Essential Questions Content Skills and Processes Assessment Resources Multicultural Dimension Integrated Learning

Who is your audience?

What is your goal as a writer / director?

How do you elicit emotional responses from your audience?

  • Script development & storyboarding
  • Screenplay writing
  • Advanced cinematography
  • Advanced sound engineering
  • Advanced video editing
  • Advanced production management
  • Directing actors for the camera
  • Directing crew members

 Project-based learning and class exercises that emphasize cinematographic, sound and editorial conventions for:

  • dramatic narrative
  • comedy
  • horror
  • action
  • melodrama

Technical work in:

  • Boom pole operation
  • Camera staging
    • multi-level action
    • frame within a frame
    • the triangle system
    • point of view 
    • long-take shooting
  • Celtx (script writing)
  • effective coaching for actors
  • working on-locaiton
  • fight choreography
  • jib shooting
  • film criticism


process critiques

instructor conferencing

blog entries

online distribution & comments


festival competition


  • (technical tutorials)
  • imdb
  • NW Film Center
  • Directing Actors for the Camera, Weston
  • Film Directing Shot by Shot
  • youtube,, vimeo, etc.

 Students are required to attend Viewfinder Global Film Series as a means of examining conventions learned in class in the context of non-US produced films.  As with the media arts course, students continue to engage in in-depth and ongoign discussion about the politics of representation - how shot framing choices establish relationships between audience and subject - establishing power dynamics that are replicated in the broader culture.  

 The honors-level course draws students from creative writing, theater studies, photography and media production.  The whole course is an integrated opportunity for advanced students in varied creative disciplines.