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Fine Arts - Visual Art Curriculum
Film Making
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Core Standards of the Course


Standard 1
Students will assemble and create story lines for the premise of a movie.

Objective 1
CONCEPTUALIZATION Create a story line and a vision.

  1. Develop a story line; e.g., retell or interpret an event or parody previously made film or event.
  2. Evaluate integration of genres.
  3. Address ethical, moral, and legal considerations.

Objective 2
RESEARCH Add detail to the story line.

  1. Uncover and develop logical or compelling detail to the story line.
  2. Study the context of the story line’s time period.
  3. Design a complete image of characters.
  4. Explore sources for historical information.

Objective 3
SCREEN WRITING Write a script that unfolds the story line over time and from the point of view of a camera.

  1. Create dialogue between characters.
  2. Break down the story into scenes.
  3. Describe settings.
  4. Use screenplay format.


Standard 2
Students will organize and script out all the needs of the story line.

Objective 1
BUDGETING Configure needs, resources, expenses, and scheduling for the script.

  1. Assemble crews and divide tasks.
  2. Assess materials and help that are at hand and free of charge.
  3. Account and track expenses.
  4. Schedule all phases of the project to avoid wasting resources.

Objective 2
CASTING Search out appropriate actors, acting styles, and valuable interview sources.

  1. Arrange auditions, screen tests, and readings for parts.
  2. Cast doubles, stunts, and understudies where necessary.
  3. Research characters by actors selected for the parts.
  4. Coordinate interviews.
  5. Write effective interview questions.
  6. Prepare release forms.

Objective 3
VISUALIZATION Plan the appearance of the filmed script.

  1. Scout out appropriate and workable locations.
  2. Create storyboards to define the visual interpretation of the script scene by scene.
  3. Design/construct the sets.
  4. Create needed scenic painting.
  5. Find or create props.
  6. Design/create wardrobe, makeup, hairstyles.
  7. Plan and locate materials for visual effects and special effects.
  8. Plot obvious camera movements.


Standard 3
Students will orchestrate all teams, equipment, and sequences of the shoot.

Objective 1
DIRECTING Orchestrate the film making team.

  1. Choreograph the actors’ positions and movements with the camera’s movements.
  2. Coach performance and portrayal of character in relation to the story.
  3. Review the history of directorial styles.

Objective 2
REHEARSAL Practice coordinating team tasks.

  1. Refine characters.
  2. Develop characters’ individual growth and relationships with each other.
  3. Troubleshoot and problem solve.

Objective 3
LIGHTING AND SOUND Light the sets to enhance the expression or art of the story and capture sound.

  1. Create mood through lighting.
  2. Create emphasis.
  3. Discover uses of ambient lighting and bouncing sources.
  4. Capture sound.

Objective 4
SHOOTING Record collective efforts on film/video.

  1. Pull all elements together and execute.
  2. Review and assess the dailies.
  3. Reshoot the pickups.


Standard 4
Students will collect additional material, edit, and exhibit the film.

Objective 1
COLLECTING Collect additional materials to support the story line.

  1. Research available film and video archives.
  2. Shoot background and supporting sequences.
  3. Collect stills and documents.

Objective 2
EDITING Enhance the recorded footage.

  1. Arrange and cut scenes to enhance the telling of the story, tension, or continuity.
  2. Score music for mood and emphasis.
  3. Add sound effects, dubs, and quality control to the soundtrack for realism and clarity.
  4. Assess the efforts of editing by screening the modified film.

Objective 3
PROMOTION Promote a screening.

  1. Submit films to festival to assess audience reaction.
  2. Advertise film.
  3. Distribute film to public via theaters, Internet, and television.

UEN logo - in partnership with Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and Utah System of Higher Education (USHE).  Send questions or comments to USBE Specialist - Cathy Jensen and see the Fine Arts - Visual Art website. For general questions about Utah's Core Standards contact the Director - DIANA SUDDRETH .  
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