Art of Film-Making

Do you want to learn how to make a short movie? 

Course Description

Do you want to learn how to make better home videos? Do you want to learn more about movie production in general? If so, this class is for you! In this course you will learn the basics of film and video making from planning through post-production. We discuss subjects such as storyboarding, camera operation, lighting, types of shots to achieve various effects, sound, and editing. Along with the course text, we look at examples from various films to see certain effects “in action.” Coursework includes reading assignments, homework assignments, “live” in-class discussions, and a student project that culminates with a short 5 to 10 minute video in which you get to make use of everything you’ve learned.

Course Texts & Materials
  • Tom Schroeppel. The Bare Bones Camera Course for Film and Video (3rd ed.). New York: Allworth Press, 2015. ISBN-13: 978-1-62153-526-3
  • Access to video camera (smart phone will work, but not ideal)
  • Access to computer with video editing software (basic editing program perfectly acceptable)
Course Expectations

This class is considered an...   

Academic Semester Class

Academic Semester Credit classes are worth 5 credits of academic credit in the discipline indicated and are graded by the teacher on the A-F scale.  A Kolbe transcript will be generated automatically for any student who completes an Academic Semester Credit class.  Students should expect the typical amount of outside work in these classes, including papers, reading, exams and/or final projects, and other assignments.  All Academic Semester courses may be counted toward the subject requirements of the Standard or Magna Cum Laude Diplomas. Students pursuing the Summa Cum Laude diploma may count the Fine Arts courses toward their fine arts subject requirements, but the remainder do not fulfill any of the Summa diploma's subject requirements. All Academic Semester classes will receive the Kolbe Summer Course (OS) designation on the student transcript.

Course Details:

Section Number


Course Title

Art of Film-Making


Mr. Steve Schultz 

Grade Level 

Rising 9 - 12

  Live Class Meets  

Three times per week


 June 27 - July 20


Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays

Class Period



6:00 - 6:50 AM PST

9:00 - 9:50 AM EST 



Course Type

 Academic Semester


 5 (Visual/Performing Arts)

Transcript Designation

Kolbe Summer Course (OS)


*Transcripts and credits are automatically generated for students who take this Academic Semester course.