Our Film Studies program is designed to give students the opportunity to study and create film projects through practice and repetition of the fundamental principles and skills of filmmaking. Films studies courses present the students with the necessary ingredients for the creation and understanding of compelling works of film and video, and also explore current events in the film business and the forces that affect the creation and distribution of films and television programs. Students who complete introductory and intermediate coursework in film studies may choose to further their study by taking the AS Studio Film Major class in their senior year; this is a full-credit Advanced Study course in which students work on multiple projects from conception to delivery, and refine their screenwriting, cinematography, production, editing, and sound techniques in a holistic format. Also available for seniors are spring semester tutorials on topics such as original screenwriting and the origins and influences of the Film Noir movement.
All projects are shot on DSLR and Blackmagic Design digital film cameras and are composited, mixed, and edited in our state-of-the-art graphic arts lab using Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effects, and DaVinci Resolve. Film studies students exhibit their film projects throughout the year at our student exhibitions and at our annual Arts Weekend Film Festival in the spring semester.
Our program goal is to inspire our students with the power of the moving image and to inform them about the influence of media in our society. In many years film studies students have gone on to study film at the university level at schools like NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Emerson College, USC, and Loyola-Marymount.