Course Information



“No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.”
- Ingrid Bergman

This course will build on the material covered in Film 1-2, but focus more specifically on the production and post-production processes. Students will learn to use professional-level camera gear, as well as high-end editing and compositing software. In addition, basic techniques of animation and visual effects will also be covered.

This class is almost entirely project based. We will constantly be moving from one project to the next, so it is imperative that you are here, and wanting to expand your knowledge as a filmmaker. Your success rests entirely on your personal motivation. In short, this class doesn't work if you don't!

Although it is not required, we will be filming various projects after school, and you are encouraged to be a part of these and gain some hands-on knowledge of the concepts discussed in class.

You are also encouraged to find competitions/festivals that you are eligible to enter, and submit your work.


  1. RESPECT - My first and foremost rule is that you will respect each other, you will respect me, and I will respect all of you. That means you are positively supporting each other in this environment.  You are welcome to your opinions, but they should be presented in a constructive manner.
  2. NO FOOD OR DRINK – I don’t care if it’s in a bottle, a can, a bag, or a backpack, don’t bring it out in this class.  The equipment in this room is too nice to have crumbs, spills, or cheesy fingerprints on. There is a sink in the bathroom if you need to wash your hands, and there is a ledge outside the door if you have an open beverage you need to set aside. If you choose to ignore this rule, expect to have your food or drink thrown out.
  3. BE ON TIME – We will begin our classes with a 10-minute discussion focused around a clip shown at the start of class. If you are late, you will miss the clip, and will lose your points for participating in the opening discussion.
  4. YOUR WORKSTATION  - Every time you leave the classroom, you should ensure that your workstation is returned to its initial state. This includes logging out of your account, straightening the keyboard and computer, returning the headphones to their shelf, and pushing in your chair.
  5. LAB CARE – You will take care of this lab. Do not write on the furniture or equipment, do not pick at or tear the upholstery, and do not throw your trash anywhere but the trash can. It is up to us to ensure that this lab stays in nice shape for future students.

You will need one spiral bound notebook for this class.

You will have required final projects to demonstrate your understanding of the techniques and concepts discussed each semester.

You will need one notebook and a USB drive at least 4GB in size. Bring these with you to class every day.



This class addresses the Nebraska K-12 Fine Arts Standards for Media Arts.

Create FA 12.1.1 - Students will analyze and synthesize processes, techniques, and applications in media arts through the creation of media arts.
FA 12.1.1.a Engage in pre-production processes to prepare content and systems for production in media arts (e.g., scripting, storyboarding, choreographing).

FA 12.1.1.b Apply media arts vocabulary along with elements and principles of design in the creative process.  
FA 12.1.1.c Develop strategies, processes, and plans for creating work in media arts that reflect understanding of multiple resources and media.

FA 12.1.1.d Demonstrate understanding of, and respect for, the accepted procedures regarding the responsible care of media arts equipment and materials.

Present FA 12.1.2 - Students will communicate an idea/message by presenting their work in media arts.

FA 12.1.2.a Research, organize, and integrate media arts content, processes, and aesthetic elements to convey meaning in media arts.

FA 12.1.2.b Refine and enhance expression through media arts, ideas, and skills over time while gathering and responding to critical feedback. 
FA 12.1.2.c Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of message perception to diverse audiences (e.g., age, gender, ethnicity).

FA 12.1.2.d Construct, distribute, and manage works in media arts through a variety of contexts (e.g., live audiences, digital display, web). 

Respond FA 12.1.3 - Students will analyze, interpret, and evaluate work produced in media arts.
FA 12.1.3.a Analyze and describe various forms, methods, styles, and qualities in media arts to reflect experience and create intention. 
FA 12.1.3.b Evaluate and interpret multiple perspectives, key components, and relationships in media arts (e.g., intention, form, context). 

FA 12.1.3.c Engage in self-directed and teacher- directed critiques of media arts.  

Connect - FA 12.1.4 - Students will analyze and integrate personal and global connections through media arts.
FA 12.1.4.a Use historical, cultural, aesthetic, and critical frameworks to examine the capacity of media arts to reflect, affect, and catalyze personal reflection, action, or social change.

FA 12.1.4.b Apply the concepts of digital citizenship in media arts (e.g., copyright, plagiarism, citations, liability, validating resources). 

FA 12.1.4.c Incorporate and analyze personal or collective experiences, perspectives, and ideas of others in media arts.  FA 12.1.4.d Evaluate the necessary training and lifelong learning skills for careers in media arts. 


A = 3.51 – 4.00 
A-= 3.01 – 3.50 
B = 2.51 – 3.00 
B-= 2.01 – 2.50 
C = 1.51 – 2.00 
D = 0.76 - 1.50 
F = 0.00 – 0.75

If you need to get ahold of me with a question regarding a project, you may reach me via school e-mail. Please do not abuse this privilege. I check my e-mail at least once a day. My e-mail is: david.weisser (