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Filmmaking
and Digital Editing

Program Description

The Filmmaking and Digital Editing Program is an intensive two-year program introducing students to the essential concepts of digital filmmaking, visual storytelling, and creative producing. The program explores all facets of film production, including concept development, screenwriting, camera operation, audio recording, digital editing, sound design, and film exhibition, marketing, and distribution. Through a variety of collaborative projects and independent exercises, students will refine their own artistic voices and abilities as critical viewers and creators, culminating in a dynamic portfolio of short-form documentary, narrative, and client-based works.

Level I

The Filmmaking & Digital Editing Level I program provides students with the essential concepts of digital filmmaking, from pre-production (screenwriting, creative producing, project management), to production (camera operation, sound recording, lighting design) to post-production (picture editing, sound mixing, color grading). This class serves as an opportunity for students to develop personal, artistic voices, and refine their abilities as critical thinkers, viewers, and creators. Working collaboratively and independently on a variety of projects, this course requires work outside of class time, and students are expected to be highly-motivated and self-directed.

Prerequisites: Students will need to have completed the equivalent credits to place them at the 11th grade level upon the time they enter the program. This means students need to have successfully completed a minimum two years of high school English; two years of high school math including Algebra, two years of Social Studies, one year of science, physical education and health requirements. Or the permission from the WRCC director to apply.

Students must have completed at least one core general education high school English course related to the pathway with a grade of 70 or better before they are eligible to apply for a program/pathway.

Foundations in Art and access to transportation during non-school hours

Recommended: Strong writing and communication skills and ability to work both independently and in groups

*Open to sophomores in Visual & Performing Arts Academy

This course may also be offered for college credit.

Level II

In the Filmmaking & Digital Editing Level II program, students hone their skills in producing, directing, and editing by developing short-form documentary and narrative films. Each student will have the opportunity to expand their creative portfolios, with increased access to professional-grade film equipment and advanced instruction in creative producing, screenwriting, and editing. In addition to producing a series of short films, students are also expected to collaborate with an area nonprofit to develop and implement a targeted media campaign that advances the mission of the organization.

Prerequisites: 75 percent or better in Filmmaking & Digital Editing I, and Instructor recommendation

NOTE:
Students in Filmmaking & Digital Editing II are encouraged to enroll in either Professional English II (CE000218) or Essential Math for College and Careers (CM00007826). These courses are year-long and run for a single period daily. Please refer to the English and Mathematics sections below for course descriptions.

Your Instructor

Jesse Kreitzer

Jesse Kreitzer is a filmmaker from Marlboro, Vermont. Using archival material as creative conduit, Kreitzer's films explore folk cultures, family lineage, memory, and preservation. His work has been exhibited at festivals, galleries, and museums worldwide, including The National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC). The Museum of the Moving Image (NYC), Biografilm (Italy), Raindance (UK), and Oldenburg Film Festivals (German), among others, and have received Oscar qualifying and regional Emmy awards.

Kreitzer received his MFA in Cinema and Comparative Literature from the University of Iowa, and his BA in Visual and Media Arts from Emerson College.

Kreitzer joined the WRCC Filmmaking Program in 2019, following in the footsteps of his mentor Michel Moyse, who founded the program, then known as the Center for Digital Arts.