Welcome to the Studio

Welcome to The Studio.  Here you will start as a Production Assistant, but if you work your way up, you could soon be working on your own independent projects, and be in charge of your own productions.  That is, if ya got the gumption for it.  In the meantime, go get me a cup of coffee.


Course Information:

Course Code: HS8001
Duration: Year
Prerequisites: Student should be in grade 10, 11 or 12.
Credits: 1.0
We live in a media saturated environment. Moving images come
at us from every direction, from movies and TV to giant video
screens on buildings. In this class we will not only learn the skills
needed to understand and decode them, but create meaningful images
of our own. The Digital Media/Film class is a studio in which
we will learn the basic language and tools of filmmaking and then
use those tools to work on our own independent projects. Students
will choose areas of filmmaking of their interest to focus on and
hone deeper skills. Topics could include animation, music video,
personal narrative, special effects, or documentary. Through the use
of consumer and open source software, as well as online distribution,
a new generation of innovative filmmakers is emerging. Will
you be one of them?
Homework: Light to Moderate

Teacher: David Gran


While in the Studio, you can be working on Projects, Training, or Experiments.

As you work you will LEVEL UP.  Here’s how that works:


0 Points: Production Assistant


100 Points: Unit Manager  BONUS:  You are now qualified to choose your team! 


200 Points: Production Manager  BONUS: You may skip one training and still get the points!


450 Points: Associate Producer   BONUS:  Semester grade on the edge? Get a nudge up!

800 Points: Producer   BONUS:  YOU BUMP UP A WHOLE GRADE.  



2000 Points: Executive Producer BONUS: YOUR NAME ENSHRINED ON OUR WALL. 

Studio Head:  That’s me.




*Made from Frozen Unicorn Tears.

Essential Outcomes:

As a film-making class, you will be expected to become fluent in the various roles on a film set and actively participate in most of those roles – and become an expert in at least one.  However, the essential skills that you must master in this class are not just critical film skills, they are critical 21st century skills.  Specifically:

  • Creativity: Ideas do not come from a lightbulb that pops out above your head.  We will learn how to develop, review, and assess new ideas to incorporate into our projects.
  • Critical Thinking: Good film (or any art for that matter) doesn’t just happen.  Reflecting on meaning and quality and are two ways that we will make films that have greater impact.
  • Communication:  Films are an excellent means of communicating an idea, and we’ll learn about how to have a stronger voice using effective film language.
  • Collaboration:  Film is inherently a collaborative medium.  In your team(s) you will learn to support and work effectively with others – and turn disagreement into an advantage.


All assignments in this class will be in the form of small exercise projects and larger video productions.

Video Productions will determine 70% of your grade.

Exercises will determine 30% of your grade.

There is no final exam.

Make-up Work & Late Work:

Projects or individual components may be reworked  in order to better demonstrate your learning. The request to rework an assignment must be made within 3 days of receiving your assignment or project grade. You will need to complete a re-submittal plan that outlines the learning that you plan to demonstrate, and have it approved by your teacher before the project can be revised. After the form has been turned in, you and your teacher will discuss your learning plan. All reworked/resubmitted pieces are due by the end of the next project. 


Late and Incomplete Work
Late work due to absences and emergencies: You have 1 week to make up any work from an excused absence. It is your responsibility to check for missed assignments and to turn in missing work. In the case of emergencies and serious illnesses, other accommodations between the student and teacher will be arranged.

General late work: Assignments are designed so that the majority of work can be done in class. 

If homework is not completed for the start of the class, you will be given the opportunity to complete it THAT day in the Second Chance Room. You will need to turn it in to me at the end of the day that you are assigned second chance. Should you choose not to complete your work, you will be given additional chances to visit the SCR until it is finished.
Major Projects: If you do not complete or turn in a major project, the following steps will occur: 
  • Log Entry: Parents, administrators and counselors are contacted immediately when projects are not turned in.
  • Second Chance Room (SCR): you will be given the opportunity to complete your project in the SCR. If the project is not completed at the end of the session, you will automatically be assigned to the SCR until the work is done.
  • The project will be marked as Missing in Gradebook. Additionally, your grade will be temporally changed to an Incomplete until a grade is given for the assessment.
  • A zero will replace the Missing/Incomplete grade if the work is not submitted by two days before the end of the term.
Academic and Artistic Integrity
This video class should stretch your artistic abilities and your imagination. The course expects that you create original and personal work which is not copied from other sources. You are expected to practice artistic integrity at all times! Most of your projects will be done in collaboration with other students. Artistic integrity means that you are putting in the same amount of creative thought, planning, and effort as the rest of your team.

“Any work that makes use of other artists’ work (including photographs) and/or published images must show substantial and significant development beyond duplication. This may be demonstrated through manipulation of the formal qualities, design, and/or concept of the original work. It is unethical, constitutes plagiarism, and often violates copyright law simply to copy an image (even in another medium) that was made by someone else.”  (AP Art Handbook)

Artistic integrity also includes taking responsibility and not allowing someone else to physically do your work for you. Turning in someone else’s work with your name on it is cheating. The school cheating policy will be strictly enforced, and you will need to create an entirely new project within a designated amount of time.

Should you commit a form of academic dishonesty the following steps will be followed:
  • A Log entry for ALL levels of academic dishonesty will be made.
  • You will be given an alternative assignment and assessment. This assignment is exempt from the resubmittal policy stated above.
  • Consequences will be administered by Mrs. Doleman, Ms. McKenna or Dr. Heckmann
Are you not quite sure what academic dishonesty or plagiarism in art looks like? Read this article for more information. In addition to the categories listed in the article, having your friend, parent or family member work on your piece of art counts  as well.

Learner Profile
Active Learner: Active learning is contributing to class discussions, group brainstorming sessions and critiques. Time and effort goes into the planning and design of projects, as well as pushing the boundaries and going beyond the minimum requirements. 

Integrity: In addition to following the SAS Academic Honesty guidelines in the Student Handbook, a student demonstrating integrity is focused and on task at all times- no Skype, games, texting, etc.

Responsibility: Responsibility includes meeting deadlines, being prepared for class, and helping to clean up.












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