Teacher’s Talk: Teenagers on Film

The students in Teenagers on Film had three busy days of film production last week. Each group visited locations all over the WKU campus in order to get their shots, and several students (as well as some counselors) performed in the films as actors and actresses.

This week, the film students began editing their footage. We began with tutorials on several film editing software programs: iMovie, Final Cut, and Adobe Premier. Each group uploaded their footage and is now beginning the process of cutting it all together. The directors and cinematographers are working with the editors to select the best takes in each scene. The sound editors are choosing music and audio footage, and the producers are creating credit sequences. Most importantly, they’re learning one of the foundational skills of filmmaking: problem-solving. Everyone is working hard in hopes of screening the films soon for their classmates, friends, and families.

We also began a this week’s film series on teenagers in world cinema. Our screenings will include Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, Jean-Luc Godard’s Masculin Féminin, Spike Lee’s Crooklyn, Niki Caro’s Whale Rider, and a special, student-requested screening of Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom.

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