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CINEMATIC ARTS PROGRAM

McCallum High School’s Cinematic Arts is an award winning, four-year, script-to-screen program where students explore the creative and technical aspects of moving images and production. Cinematic Arts Majors are presented with numerous opportunities to participate in the aspects of film. Students will write, cast, edit, and produce their own films.

Cinematic Arts students will learn skills that pique their interest and prepare them for careers in the film industry. Whether moving on to college film programs, technical schools, or straight to industry, Cinematic Arts students develop skills like storytelling, editing, and technology fluency that prepare them for the next level in their academic or professional development.

Our hands-on approach to teaching and project based curriculum is designed to reflect the real-world environment while encouraging students to explore their own creative passions using our state-of-the-art equipment.

PROGRAM INCLUDES:

Screenwriting

Storytelling

Cinematography

Lighting

Editing

Visual Effects

Intro to Graphic Design

Intro to Animation

PROGRAM PROJECTS:

Visual Storytelling

Music Video

Noir Film

Linear and Nonlinear Story Telling

Documentary

Experimental Film

Film as Art

 

CINEMATIC ARTS MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

AUDIO VIDEO PRODUCTION I

Required in 9th grade.

AUDIO VIDEO PRODUCTION II

Required in 10th grade.

PRACTICUM IN A/V PRODUCTION I & II

Required in 11th and 12th grade.  Can be taken pass/fail.

THEATRE ARTS (9TH OR 10TH), TECHNICAL THEATRE (10TH OR 11TH) AND FILM ANALYSIS (11TH OR 12TH)

Must take 2 of these 3 courses.

A/V CLUB

Must participate every year.

SENIOR CAPSTONE PROJECT

Must be approved by faculty in advance.

EARN A MINIMUM GRADE OF 70 IN EVERY CLASS

Evaluated every six weeks grading period.

EARN A MINIMUM GRADE OF 80 IN ALL FINE ARTS CLASSES LISTED ABOVE

Evaluated every six weeks grading period.

MAINTAIN A 90% OR ABOVE IN-CLASS ATTENDANCE RATE & HAVE NO SERIOUS BEHAVIOR INFRACTIONS

Evaluated every six weeks grading period and as needed.

ACADEMY ENRICHMENT PARTICIPATION ASSIGNMENT

To be completed in 9th, 10th and 11th grade.

GRADUATE ON THE DISTINGUISHED PLAN

(4 core academic courses all 4 years)

 

CINEMATIC ARTS COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Theatre Arts, Technical Theatre & Film Analysis courses not listed below.

AUDIO VIDEO PRODUCTION I

Students are introduced to basic storytelling and screenwriting techniques, production planning, storyboards, basic editing skills, camera and lighting techniques.

AUDIO VIDEO PRODUCTION II

Students are introduced to advanced screenwriting, advanced lighting techniques and to the world of the grip. Various projects are designed to increase skills in lighting, camera, editing, and storytelling.

PRACTICUM I

Students will create four 5 minute film projects for competition as well as begin work on their Capstone project; writing a business plan, film package, and production plan for a twenty minute film that will be shot in their senior year. They will also hold casting calls for this project.

PRACTICUM II

Students will create a 5 minute film for competition along with their 20 minute Capstone project. Students have the opportunity to earn scholarship credits as they get real-world experience working with clients on class projects such as shooting McCallums fine arts shows, commercial work for outside clients, and shooting outside events.