Theater, Cinema and Film Production

Course Description:
Lights! Camera! Action! This course will introduce students to the basics of film and theater productions, including lighting, sound, wardrobe, camerawork, and acting and directing. The course also explores the history of film and theater and the influence that they have had on Western society. In that light, students will begin to explore the significance of film and theater for the Christian faith. They will learn about Christian approaches to film, the roles of religion and even Scripture in the development of theater, and a variety of virtues and life skills that can be gained in the processes of film and theater production. To make learning concrete, students will also analyze and critique three influential American films throughout the course: Casablanca, Singin’ in the Rain, and The Wizard of Oz.

Recommended Prerequisites:

Grade Level:
9th – 12th Grades

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Course Types Available:

  • Full course (0.5 credit, 6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)

Biblical Integration Information:
All creation is held together by the living Word and is an expression of the Word of God displaying order, design, complexity, and truth. God communicates His plan, purpose, and provision personally through the written and living Word and has set patterns and guidelines for human communication. Partially through the skillful use of languages, we can live out the Great Commission and the Greatest Commandment. Rather than succumbing to our fallen nature or focusing on forms or subjects of communication that are in opposition to God, we should seek to grow in wisdom through our study and use of languages while allowing the Holy Spirit to change our hearts, bringing our communication in alignment with the person of Jesus Christ. We are responsible to God for evaluating our communication and literacy choices by the standards of God’s Word and using them clearly, creatively, and concisely to deepen our relationship with God and neighbor.

To see how these truths are specifically explored in this course, visit the course information page in the course and click on “Guiding Principles.”

Required Purchased Materials:
Access to the movies: Singin’ in the Rain, The Wizard of Oz, and Casablanca