Film at ESA

film at ESA
ESA Film is all about storytelling. By examining the techniques employed by cinematic icons and contemporary filmmakers, this unique program gives its filmmakers the tools to produce the stories that matter to them. Students will learn to craft those stories into compelling visually exciting narratives, reflective of their own creative voice, while, at the same time, developing an aesthetic and critical understanding of cinematic expression.

Throughout the year film has several different showcases such as the 60 second film festival in December and the Summer film festival in June amongst others that are open to students participating in the major. Many students of the film program have participated and received awards and recognition in various film festivals. If you would like more information about the Film Department, see Film FAQs.

An Introduction to Film at ESA

Greyout

Wouldn’t it be Nice?

Prison Walls

Course Descriptions

The courses in this section have been developed:

  • to give students who demonstrate aptitude in dance, drama, film, music, music theatre or the visual arts an opportunity to develop such talent as part of their education
  • to equip students to evaluate and handle the fundamental discipline in their elected arts field
  • to develop in artistically-inclined students the ability to understand and use their arts specialty as a living language
  • to prepare students for continued study in the arts at the post-secondary level
  • to help students develop the necessary skills to become proficient performers and artists

ADV 1O1 FILM PRODUCTION AND POST-PRODUCTION
This introductory course combines a brief historical overview of the early cinematic movements, with an in-depth analysis of basic filming and editing techniques as seen in contemporary, mainstream feature films. In addition, the course will focus on introducing students to the art of storytelling, through plot development and storyboarding, with an emphasis on crafting dramatic arc.

AWR 1O1 FILM STUDIES AND PRE-PRODUCTION
This introductory course, to be run concurrently with, and building on the ideas developed within ADV1O1, will concentrate on developing the production aspects of filmmaking. Students will work co-operatively to translate their ideas to the screen, as they focus on writing, filming, lighting, sound recording and editing. Particular attention is paid to the art of documentary filmmaking as a means of exploring stories.

ADV 2O1 FILM PRODUCTION AND POST-PRODUCTION
In this course, students will focus on screenwriting and storytelling with an emphasis on genre theory and an examination of the ways in which specific genres operate according to sets of filmmaking conventions. The course will explore the artistic and technical language employed by each specific genre as well as the ideological positions implied within the film texts.

AWR 2O1 FILM STUDIES AND PRE-PRODUCTION
This course, to be run concurrently with, and building on the ideas developed within ADV2O1, builds upon the fundamentals of film production explored in AWR1O1. Students using the technical, theoretical and stylistic conventions studied in ADV will move towards developing their own visual style and narrative voice.

AWS 1O1/ASM 2O1  FILM ELECTIVES 1 and 2
These introductory courses focus on an in-depth analysis of basic filming and editing techniques as seen in both historical and contemporary, mainstream feature films.  In addition, the course will introduce students to the art of storytelling, through plot development and storyboarding, with an emphasis on crafting dramatic arc.  Students will also concentrate on developing the production aspects of filmmaking, as they focus on writing, filming, lighting, sound recording and editing.

ADV3M1 FILM PRODUCATION AND POST-PRODUCTION
This course will explore the evolution of filmmaking with a focus on examining historical and theoretical movements in cinema. Students will examine the transformation of cinema as it unfolds within social, cultural and political settings. In addition to situating film within a historical framework, students will also examine a range of theoretical approaches to film studies such as semiotics, feminist film theory, and spectatorship theory. Additionally, the course will focus strongly on narrative and scriptwriting begun in the previous years.

AWR3M1 FILM STUDIES AND PRE-PRODUCTION
This course, to be run concurrently with ADV3M1, focuses on the practical application of the ideas explored in ADV3M1. Students will apply the various theoretical and historical strategies as they work towards formulating their own filmmaking “voice” and gravitate towards filmmaking areas that speak to their areas of interest as they prepare themselves for their final year in the program.

ASM 3O1 FILM ELECTIVE – 2
This intermediate course explores the evolution of filmmaking with a focus on examining historical and theoretical movements in cinema. Additionally, students will focus on screenwriting and storytelling, as they work towards formulating their own filmmaking “voice”, while at the same time refining their production techniques.

ADV 4M1 FILM PRODUCTION AND POST-PRODUCTION
This course builds on the theoretical framework developed in ADV23M1 by focusing on the influence and achievements of notable filmmakers (directors, writers, cinematographers, editors, etc…) throughout the history of cinema. In doing this, students will be introduced to a wide range of important films, theories and techniques, further honing the sophistication of their own analysis and productions.

AWR 4M1 FILM STUDIES AND PRE-PRODUCTION
This course focuses on the practical application of the ideas explored in ADV4M1, moving towards a refinement of each student’s skill, knowledge and filmmaking style. Students will produce a body of work demonstrating a personal vision and style.

ASM 4M1 FILM ELECTIVE – 3
This senior level course focuses on the influence and achievements of notable filmmakers (directors, writers, cinematographers, editors, etc…) throughout the history of cinema. In doing this, students will be introduced to a wide range of important films, theories and techniques, further honing the sophistication of their own analysis and producing a body of work demonstrating a personal vision and style.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need my own video camera?
Although, it doesn’t hurt to have one, students are, by no means, required to own a video camera.  The department owns a number of cameras that are dedicated to student use.

Do I need my own computer for editing?
No, the department has a number of computers that serve as editing suites and the lab is open before and after school as well as at lunch.

Do I need to have any film making experience?
No, the department is more interested in students with creative ideas and the ability to work with others than it is with technical expertise coming out of grade 8.

How long is the Film audition?
Because the department wants to get as clear a picture of each applicant as possible before making a decision, the Film audition runs for roughly two hours, and features a written film critique, a short interview in which the student’s prepared pitch idea will be discussed, and a team building exercise with other applicants.

What editing platforms does the program use?
Currently, the Film lab is running Adobe Premiere Elements, Final Cut Express and iMovie HD.

 

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