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Digital Cinema Academy

Digital Cinema Academy

"Drama is life with the dull bits cut out." - Alfred Hitchcock

   
 
Digital Cinema study at CHAMPS Charter High School of the Arts is designed to deepen cinematic knowledge and promote the exploration of visual storytelling. Students learn the various aspects of the pre-production, production, and the post-production process through hands-on application combined with theory, history, and analysis. Emphasis is placed on creative self-expression and social responsibility. 
 

DEPARTMENT COURSE OFFERINGS

 

Classes offered in the Digital Cinema Department are UC approved visual and performing arts and general elective courses. Following is a list of required and elective courses within the department and for the major: 

 

Media Wheel: Cinema

This course is part of a 10 week rotation with Digital Cinema, Digital Media Visual, and Performing Arts Departments.  The cinema component is designed to provide an overview of visual storytelling and instill a greater appreciation of the filmmaking and the cinematic arts. Students are introduced to the pre-production, production, and post-production process through experiential, hands-on application.  Students create a 6 shot narrative, music video, and visual poetry with special effects. 

 

Digital Cinema I

UC Approved Visual Performing Arts Elective/CTE 

Required for Digital Cinema Department majors, pre-requisite for Advanced Digital Cinema class

 

This course is designed to instill knowledge and promote the exploration of visual storytelling.  Students learn the various aspects of the pre-production, production, and post-production cycles as well as the various roles and responsibilities of the production team through hands-on application and analysis.  Academic achievement, creative self -expression, social responsibility and life-long learning are nurtured. Students are encouraged in the development of a unique visual style. 

 

Students will write an original narrative short using Final Draft and/or CELTX.  Students productions include: scene adaptations, music videos, PSAs/commercials, visual poetry, interviews and original shorts or documentary films which are showcased at the annual CHAMPS Cinematic Arts Festival hosted at the SAG/AFTRA Theatre. Editing skills are honed utilizing Adobe Premiere Pro.  Students will learn how to light and shoot a green screen and other stylized techniques such as film noir lighting. Canon DSLR cameras are utilized and students are instructed in the use of ISO, shutter speed, and aperture.  

 

Film Studies

UC Approved General school-wide elective

Required for Digital Cinema Department majors and can be taken concurrently with Digital Cinema I or Advanced Digital Cinema

 

Film Studies prepares students to participate in a world increasingly shaped by visual images.  This course offers a foundation for understanding cinema and its relation to culture, history, technology, and aesthetics.  Film Studies offers students the ability to analyze, critique, and appreciate the art of visual storytelling as and artistic tool for communication. This course offers Digital Cinema Department majors the ability to combine history and theory with hands-on application.

 

Advanced Digital Cinema 

UC Approved Visual Performing Arts Elective/CTE

Required for Digital Cinema Department majors

 

This advanced course is designed to deepen cinematic knowledge and promote the exploration of visual storytelling.  Students learn the various aspects of the pre-production, production, and post-production cycles as well as the various roles and responsibilities of the production team through hands-on application. Academic achievement, creative self -expression, social responsibility and life-long learning are nurtured. Students are encouraged in the development of a unique visual style as they build a portfolio of work for college and career success. 

 

Students write an original narrative short using Final Draft and CELTX.  Students will learn how to breakdown a script, create storyboards, shooting schedules, and the importance of production design. Productions include scene adaptations, music videos, PSAs/commercials, interviews, and original narrative or documentary shorts which are showcased at the annual CHAMPS Cinematic Arts Festival hosted at the SAG/AFTRA Theatre. Editing skills are honed utilizing Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects.  Students will learn basic lighting, audio, green screen, and camera techniques. Canon DSLR and Digital Cinema Camera are utilized as students hone their understanding of ISO, shutter speed, aperture, and camera movement.