The Film program at Riverdale balances an exploration of film history with an introduction to the craft of visual storytelling. In Intro to Film, students spend the first semester learning the basics of dramatic writing and work to complete a short screenplay. In the second semester, students master the art of using a camera to tell their story and wrap up the year by editing their projects on Final Cut Pro. Students wishing to continue with film can take Advanced Film. In that course, students write, produce, and edit a short film each semester, in addition to delving deeper into the history of different genres and influential directors. Both classes culminate in a film festival, a celebration of the cinematic achievement at Riverdale over the course of the year. 

Film Workshop I

Film Workshop I

Introduction to Film is a survey and production course introducing students to filmmaking as an art form. The course is open to students in 10th grade and beyond. In the first semester, students study the historical evolution of filmmaking, film theory, and analysis. Course screening begin with the very first films of Edison and the Lumière Brothers, transition through the eras, and conclude with the modern works we see in theater today. In the second semester, students learn the fundamentals of writing, directing, and editing their own short films. Combining the foundations of cinema they learned in the first semester with hands-on pre-production, production, and post-production practice, students step behind the camera and begin to create their own films.

Film Workshop II

Film Workshop II

Prerequisite: Film Workshop I

Film Workshop II is an advanced film course for students who are interested in continuing their film theory and production education. This course will focus on both film study and producing original short films. This course requires film screenings, in-depth class discussion, pre-production, production, and post-production work, and exams. Students are expected to fully complete two short films.

Due to the mature content of some of these masterworks, parental permission is required to screen R-rated films.


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