Film Program

Overview and Description

The Film Program at Life Academy High School prepares students for postsecondary studies and careers in filmmaking, editing, post-production, photography, scriptwriting, directing, animation, and multimedia production. Students engage in project-based learning that combines film and cutting-edge technical skills with support from highly qualified teachers, professional filmmakers, photographers, technicians, and engineers. Students apply their learning through the production of a year-end culminating project, engaging in filmmaking, creating clips for students in a variety of software (iMovie, Final Cut Pro), storyboarding, photography, filming and editing music videos, and other multimedia applications. Students will have access to an internship program where they are paired with a work site, such as a film studio, museum, film production company, or other film industry enterprise to gain experience performing field-related duties.

Coursework and work-based learning experiences focus on developing students' imagination and creativity, initiative, and implementation of original ideas, as well as technical and professional skills. Topics of study include photography, theory, filmmaking, editing, scriptwriting, storyboarding, lighting, green screen technology, directing, stop-motion animation, and effective teamwork. Students write, film, and edit short films, PSAs, stop motion animations, and are able to explain the creative and technical decisions involved in their projects. Furthermore, students gain experience in setting up and running all technical aspects of a live performance. Film students collaborate with students in the music program to work on the creation of large-scale productions. To view examples of student work, visit Student Work.

Course Offerings

Introduction to Film

Film Production I

Film Production II

Digital Media Projects [Capstone Film Course]


Film Facilities and Equipment List

Computers: 2013 iMac, 3.4 GHz Intel Core i5, 8GB Ram, MacBook Pro Laptops

Cameras: Canon T6i

Softwares: Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Photoshop, After Effects

Works Presented at the Museum of the Moving Image

Arts Ed PPT final EDIT fall 2016.pptx