This course is designed to give students a comprehensive introduction to the art of film, and the technological medium of digital video, in numerous ways. Sampling various films, the class will first watch scenes from films of historical note, the first motion pictures ever made, and the most innovative films of the 20th century, to gain an understanding of film’s origins. Students will learn scene analysis, exploring the content in the scene, how it was made, and why the filmmakers made the choices they did. They will apply this method of analysis to different genres of film—documentary, narrative, and experimental—to build an understanding of each genre for their main project. After this introductory unit of screening and analysis, students will be tasked with creating their own short film of five to eight minutes, choosing from various formats to experience the filmmaking process firsthand. Instructional workshops on basic camerawork with the school’s cameras and basic editing on Adobe Premiere Pro will be provided. Students will create a shooting schedule, coordinate with their classmates, and manage the equipment they must use as they acquire skills in cinematography and editing. The films will be screened for the school community at the end of the semester, where students will speak to the public about their work.