Filmmaking at Viewpoint inspires creativity, organic collaboration, and passion for the subject matter. Consequently, students are invited into the learning process and encouraged to create their own pathways and projects to promote individual learner growth.
The Film and Video Department strives to teach students both the aesthetic and technical language of filmmaking. In every level, students develop their own cinematic ideas through production and analysis of films. Students can start their artistic journey in filmmaking in Middle School by creating a short film in the style of 1920’s American silent movies and by studying media literacy. In the Upper School, students move toward more advanced techniques in various cinematic forms: narrative short films, documentaries, music videos, experimental films, animation and new media. Students can also explore global cultural and historical context in World Cinema. The Film program culminates in Filmmaking IV with the creation of a ten to fifteen minute original, short film. This project premieres in the spring in the Carlson Family Theater and will also be entered into the festival circuit.