The Film Program at the Middle School includes students in grades 6-8. The focus is on visual storytelling through specific film genres, building on what students have learned in the Elementary School. Throughout the year, students review the elements of good storytelling techniques through the study of film examples. Students expand their film vocabulary, adding to their knowledge of basic shot types with camera movements. They get the opportunity to use various pieces of film equipment, adding in the use of external sound. Students create scripts, storyboards, shot lists, and other important pre-production documents; they film and edit their own projects. Through this experience and studying the film industry, students gain a further understanding of the different roles on a film set and within the professional community.
The year culminates with the OWN Film Festival showcasing student work, with grade-level Best Film Awards. Whenever possible we take field trips to film festivals, the Museum of the Moving Image, and other opportunities that may arise in this thriving, film-producing city.