‘IB Film’ develops creativity, enjoyment

February 25, 2014

By Salma Mahmoud

This school year, Skyline High School added a new class to its International Baccalaureate course offering: “IB Film.”

The course aims to develop in students a “creative and critical independence in their knowledge, experience and enjoyment of film.” The class focuses on three main aspects of film — textual analysis, film theory and history, and creative process.

Salma Mahmoud Skyline   High School

Salma Mahmoud
Skyline High School

“Our goal was to develop an awareness of how film is constructed and how meaning is developed when you work with audiovisual imagery,” said Richard Harvey, chief examiner of the IB film program. “By understanding that process, students develop a greater awareness of how film communicates to them.”

“I absolutely love the class,” senior Jessica Carius said. “Last semester, we watched a lot of old classics, like ‘Casablanca,’ ‘Battleship Potemkin,’ and ‘The Bicycle Thief.’”

The curriculum is also designed to explore the different roles involved in filmmaking, such as that of the director, screenwriter and cinematographer. It culminates with an IB assessment process in which no copyrighted material whatsoever may be used in anything the students create.

“Assessment wise, we have had a few filmmaking projects which have been really fun,” Carius said. “We are just about to start the large assessment for IB, which I am really looking forward to.”


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