The Art of Filmmaking

Dates: July 19th to August 6th

Synchronous Course Meetings:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 1:00pm to 2:30pm EST

Instructor: Josh Bezdek

Grade Level: All


Course Description:

Earn 1 Art Credit at MPS for this course

Now, more than ever, we are confronted with a pressing need to communicate and collaborate through digital media. Since the earliest days of cinema, we have been representing ourselves on screen. And although this has accelerated in recent decades, social distancing has pushed it to new extremes. People who never thought they’d be thinking about webcams, lighting equipment, and microphones are having to become overnight experts. The line between media consumers and media producers is breaking down like never before. Fortunately for all of us, the fundamental language of cinema is not changing as rapidly. Even the newest trends unfolding each day are rooted in basic cinematic elements. These are fun to learn about, and mastering them makes it easier to create professional-quality content. Join us this summer to see how the art form began, to see some amazing films, and to see just how easy it can be to take your content to the next level. 

Essential Questions Include:

  • Where did filmmaking begin and how has it evolved over time, informing how we make and consume films now?
  • What is the line between media consumption and media production?
  • How can we use fundamental cinematic elements to tell a story and to communicate?