The Art of Filmmaking
Tutor: Katie Plaisted
Email: katie@katietravisfilms.com
Length: Full Year Class Period: Thursday, period 2

Description: In this class we will be diving into one of the most influential mediums of this generation - motion pictures; and breaking down what makes storytelling, images, sound, and juxtaposition all together so powerful. We will get to walk through the entire process of filmmaking - from writing to camera coverage, acting to editing - and learn how to responsibly use the tools needed to make quality movies that glorify God. We will also have the experience of working together as a cast and crew to film a scene for our own on-set experience. Through explanation, demonstration, implementation, and guidance this class will help prepare you to use this unique tool of storytelling to shine for Christ in our dark world.

Over the second semester we will venture further into how to write a solid screenplay, reveal characters through blocking, plan a sequence of action, create a visual look and more - in order to bring your film to the next level. Students will be guided through writing, planning, filming, and editing their own individual movie projects as well and will culminate in their final year-end group short film.

Tutor: Katie Travis-Plaisted is an independent filmmaker in the Twin Cities with a Cinema Production Certificate as well as an Associates Degree in Cinema: Directing and Producing from the Minneapolis Community and Technical College - where her thesis film project won in the 2012 Cinema Excellence Awards. She is the director and producer of two narrative short films, which have also gone on as Official Selections in film festivals across the country; and is currently the Media Director at Reign Dance Theater where Katie has also been the lead acting coach for the past four years. She grew up in the performing arts and was herself homeschooled from K-12, graduating from Christian Liberty Academy. Her passion is to pass on the skills she has learned to the next generation of blossoming artists and inspire them to use their gifts to praise our Lord Jesus Christ with excellence and professionalism, and touch those in the film industry with the truth and love of Christ. Katie and her husband are a part of Church on the Hill in Chaska, MN, where they are currently volunteer youth (8th - 12th) leaders. Free time for her includes longbow archery and writing one of her screenplays or novels.

Level: Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: None
Supplies:  2nd Semester Required Materials:  Camera/phone with manual settings that can capture video.  Computer able to support free video editing software.  System Requirements:  Mac - OS X 10.10.5, 10.11.6, 10.12.5 OR PC - 64-bit OS: Windows 10 (Professional and Enterprise), Windows 8.1 (Professional and Enterprise), or Windows 7 Professional (Service Pack 1). RAM: 6 GB
minimum.