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Estimated Completion Time

1 segment/18 weeks


Have you ever dreamed of making movies? Whether you love film, want to make videos for fun or dream of becoming the next big director, this course is a great place to start. Filmmaking Bootcamp is an entry-level course that will serve as an introduction to basic video/film/audio production. The goal of the course is for the student to develop the ability to capture great video images and audio and to be able to edit those two elements together to tell a story. No prior video and film experience is needed. You will learn the fundamentals of visual storytelling, narrative writing, cinematography, lighting, and editing which serve as the basic skills necessary to take a short film from start to finish. This course can be used as a fine arts or technology credit to meet the art requirement for high school graduation.

During this course, you will learn career-related skills and earn a badge for this accomplishment. A badge is a digital certification of your career-related learning that you can share on social media and higher education platforms, or with colleges, potential employers, peers, and colleagues. Select this link to learn more about badges.

Course Requirements

Please read the system requirements before signing up for this course. Chrome OS doesn’t allow any third-party installations onto their laptops. A chromebook cannot be used for this course.

Major Topics and Concepts

Module 01: The Art of Visual Storytelling

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply the fundamentals of story structure to write an effective short story
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basics of writing for film and video
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basics of visual literacy and shot sizes
  • Create a treatment appropriate to the needs of the production

Module 02: The Art of Editing

  • Comprehend and use terms and techniques relating to digital video and audio recording and editing
  • Demonstrate an understanding entry-level & professional digital audio/video editing software
  • Understand basic digital theory and file organization
  • Demonstrate an ability to download audio resources from open-source sites
  • Understand and utilize proper file formats: create and compress digital video files in various formats
  • Demonstrate the ability to add music, sound effects, titling and some basic special effects to a sequence

Module 03: The Art of Continuous Editing

  • Operate editing hardware and software by performing assemble edits and insert edits for the appropriate effects using motion pictures
  • Perform sound and video edits and mix audio and video resources into an appropriate sequence for the final film
  • Identify the format/segment type, audience, and genre of a film
  • Understand and demonstrate Montage and Continuity editing scenarios
  • Demonstrate an understanding of a computer operating system

Module 04: The Art of Coverage

  • Understand and identify the various aspects of a digital video camera.
  • Demonstrate the ability to setup and properly use a video camera
  • Understand the different job titles and departments within the film industry
  • Demonstrate an ability to practice job safety
  • Create a storyboard appropriate to the needs of the production
  • Demonstrate the ability to dress appropriately for the occupation

Module 05: The Art of Sound

  • Demonstrate your ability to utilize condenser and dynamic microphones properly
  • Demonstrate your ability to set-up audio equipment properly for a variety of applications in video production.
  • Utilize various audio file formats
  • Record and edit voice narration
  • Utilize multiple audio tracks in a project

Module 06: The Art of Cinematography

  • Identify and utilize the concepts and equipment used for video lighting
  • Properly set-up a scene with the key light, fill light, set light and back light
  • Apply and demonstrate your understanding of different camera angles
  • Understand concepts of composition, perspectives, and point-of-view

Module 07: Famous Movie Scene (Part I)

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the pre-production process
  • Outline and format a script as a digital document
  • Properly compose and storyboard a script
  • Determine the props, costumes, and other resources required for a production and select the appropriate location(s)
  • Plan and organize a film shoot in a group environment using professional communication and collaboration skills
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic screenwriting and the use of industry-standard formatting

Module 08: Famous Movie Scene (Part II)

  • Demonstrate the ability to successfully complete the filmmaking production process
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the terms and techniques relating to digital video recording and editing
  • Demonstrate effective use of various camera angles in video assignments
  • Demonstrate the ability to collaborate with others

Module 09: The Art of the Dialogue Scene

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the 180 Degree Rule
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Shot-Reverse-Shot
  • Utilize video production tools and equipment



Experiences allow students to demonstrate mastery of competencies through various real-world or hands-on learning opportunities, such as travel, service learning, independent study, internships or entrepreneurship. During an experience, students elect to meet all or some of the competencies in a particular competency group (ie. English 1, Economics, Biology, …), as an alternative to taking the course. Each experience is customized to the student’s opportunity. The student works with a VLACS instructor to determine deliverables that demonstrate mastery of the competencies and secures an outside expert to enrich the experience.

In Experiences students will:

  1. Meet weekly with their instructor.
  2. Secure an outside expert.
  3. Plan the experience prior to completing it. Credit is not awarded for experiences completed prior to enrollment and completion of the planning process.
  4. For many experiences, spend time at a business or other location.

Types of Experiences:

Independent Study

By signing up for an independent study, you will be able to direct your own learning, identifying what you want to learn and how you will demonstrate that you have mastered your learning objectives.


Internships allow you to gain professional experience, make connections, and become familiar with a career while working on site with mentors and professionals in a career of your interest.


While travel can be a great experience for learning life lessons, it is also an excellent way to acquire the knowledge and skills that allow you to demonstrate mastery in a variety of competencies. The world is a classroom and travel experiences will connect your real-world experiences to the learning that you seek.

Service Learning

In-Service Learning, you collaborate with members of your community to address issues to improve your community. You will connect your service with discipline-specific content so that learning can take place through problem solving and collaboration.


Starting your own business is a great way to learn. This type of experience allows you to engage in an entrepreneurial experience and receive credit for competencies you master through this experience.

Credits .5

Competency Group Overview

Meets ICT and Art Graduation Requirements


  • Filmmaking Storytelling
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of storytelling in filmmaking by explaining story structure, visual language, and the 3-basic shot sizes of filmmaking and by creating short and visual stories.
  • Filmmaking Editing
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of editing in filmmaking by using Adobe Workspace to use create and edit a story.
  • Cinematography
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of filmmaking cinematography by explaining shooting basics, basic set safety measures, and how to use cinematography settings and sound effectively.
  • Filmmaking Production & Dialogue
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of filmmaking production & dialogue by explaining the pre-production process, shooting process, and writing a dialogue scene.



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We offer regular online open house webinars where VLACS staff members provide parents and students with an overview of our programs and answer questions about online learning.