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Film is alive and flourishing at our school as a result of the creative direction and encouragement of Josh Weissbach, Franklin Academy’s video instructor who also serves as a Team D humanities instructor. This past week students and teachers enjoyed a visual treat during Franklin Academy’s Film Festival. Fifteen films were showcased during the late afternoon screening on Thursday. According to Josh, “this year's annual film festival was the strongest in its four-year existence, primarily due to a large number of seniors exhibiting work during the festival. This group of seniors has taken anywhere from one to five videography classes throughout their careers at Franklin. The quality of their movies was also reflected in the fact that FLI students swept all five award categories this year.

Here are the 2018 Franklin Academy Film Festival award winners:

  • First Place Award – The Struggle of Waking Up by Erin McNulty
  • Honorable Mention Award – To My Family by Ethan Barnes
  • Audience Choice Award – Locked In A Van: A Ventateswaran Story by Adam Waldie, Ross Mesnick, Tejas Venkateswaran, and Amy Paxson
  • Best Cinematography Award – Journeying by Matteo Caligiuri
  • Best Editing Award – The Three Shot Spirit by Sam Casertano

For those parents and prospective film students wanting to learning more about this aspect of Franklin Academy art curriculum, here are course descriptions for the two foundational videography electives offered by Josh Weissbach.

Introduction to Videography focuses on the primary concepts and techniques of video production. Using the traditional three-step process of movie making as our guide, students gain a clear understanding of the pre-production, production, and post-production stages. The pre-production stage introduces idea development, treatment writing, script construction, and storyboard design. The production stage explores scene continuity and image composition with the GoPro high-definition camera. The post-production stage examines editing strategies with iMovie. Each student is required to develop and create two short video projects. Each video has its own set of guidelines and constraints. Since the GoPro is a personal, compact, lightweight, rugged, and mountable camera, students are expected to experiment with the visual and story-telling possibilities of the video medium. Final grades are determined using class attendance, in-class participation, the completion of homework assignments, and the two video projects.

Advanced Videography is an upper level course that focuses on the continual development of the primary concepts and techniques of video production while challenging students to utilize advanced methods of cinematography, editing, and sound design. Students are allowed to use either a GoPro camera provided by the school or an alternative method of image capture if needed for a desired aesthetic sensibility. In addition, students are encouraged to use either Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere as their non-linear editing platform. Each student spends the majority of class time independently developing, producing, and creating one longer or two shorter self-directed video projects, seeking assistance from the class instructor or peers when needed. Students are also expected to re-edit or re-shoot material if needed based on instructor feedback. To enroll in this course, each student must have successfully passed Introduction to Videography or an equivalent course.

Here are our Film Festival winners in the order presented above.

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