Cincinnati Film Society has designed its program in response to the National Endowment for the Arts findings from its 2012 study “Arts and Achievement in At-Risk-Youth”:
- Socially and economically disadvantaged children and teenagers who have high levels of arts engagement or arts learning show more positive outcomes in a variety of areas than their low-arts-engaged peers.
- At-risk teenagers or young adults with a history of intensive arts experiences show achievement levels closer to, and in some cases exceeding, the levels shown by the general population studied.
- Most of the positive relationships between arts involvement and academic outcomes apply only to at-risk populations (low-SES). But positive relationships between arts and civic engagement are noted in high-SES groups as well.
The Cincinnati Film Society’s Youth Education gives young people the opportunity to reflect on complex socio-political issues in the context of independent film-making; students will discuss their views and learn to respect different perspectives in a global context. Using our specially-developed curriculum and a targeted writing assignment, students will learn about what goes into producing an original film from pre to post production. By participating in our momentous programs youth will develop critical thinking skills and learn how to analyze, evaluate, and critique media. The program provides an engaging introduction to teamwork and project management for youth and young adults.
Youth will work in teams, building communication skills and developing understanding with team members who come from different walks of life. Participants of different economic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds working together brings a new understanding of each other and of the world we live in today.
- Youth will develop critical thinking skills with youth in relation to cultural and artistic significance of film through Cincinnati Film Society’s specially-developed curriculum.
- Help students become more media literate, by learning how to raise the right questions about what they are watching, reading, and listening to.
- Film Club participants will attend lecture events led by industry professionals.
- Each participant will produce a Final Writing Essay which will communicate their lessons learned and growth objectives achieved.
- Meals will be provided for after school programs and summer camps.
Media literacy is the ability to comprehend and communicate within multiple forms of media. A media literate public is better able to understand the messages they receive from an abundance of media, such as television, radio, Internet, newspapers, magazines, books, billboards, video games, music and more.
With these ever-growing mediums of communication and the many different ways they have changed the way we interpret words and symbols, the Cincinnati Film Society’s youth programs fill a large scale void in our community by providing media literacy education to the Greater Cincinnati Area.
The need to learn how to interpret media—discerning the difference between satire and false information and how to search for facts—is a growing problem in society. Teaching youth how the media uses persuasive and sometimes exploitative messaging to shape how we think and buy and learning how to interpret this is important to society’s future sociopolitical health.
Conversely, today’s youth often show a lack of understanding of the consequences of the content THEY contribute to our media. The Cincinnati Film Society’s media literacy programs News Reel and Youth Critics Club help our youth develop an understanding of the difference between the “world” the media paints versus reality and the ultimate consequences, as well as responsibility in what they themselves contribute.
Provides youth with the opportunity to have meaningful conversations with people in the film industry, and each other. The students will act as correspondents for the Cincinnati Film Society news program—screening films, giving reviews, and writing questions for filmed interviews they’ll conduct—in addition to being involved in the pre- and post-production with the support of Cincinnati Film Society staff.
- Teaches about the elements involved in the production of video programming and requisite communication skills.
- To learn to differentiate between commentary vs. news in order to create and present their own content with transparency.
-Youth Critics Club
- Provides the opportunity to screen a diverse selection of films and discuss topics on them and their relevance to world culture through a specially developed curriculum and occasional Q&A’s with filmmakers
- The program will be broken up into two age categories:
- Pre-school through elementary
- Teens from 13-19
-Arts, Sciences, and Technology
This program will help inspire youth to further advance their knowledge of science and technology and develop skills through educating the many techniques of making films. Students will be engaged in the examination of film as an art form and a medium of communication.
Academic Study: is a year long program that students who are selected to participate in will be committed to for the year. Students will submit a proposal of their project ideas. This program will select 4 participants a year. They will spend the year developing their project and writing an essay.
Arts, Sciences, and Technology Summer Camps (AST): Will include courses in Photography, Animation, Game Development, Coding, and Animatronics. Each course is 4 weeks. Grades 7-12. 20 students for each camp serving 100 students for the AST summer program.
–Summer Film Camps
Film Camps are two to six week courses where students will create 1 or 4 short films during this time. Each week will have a unique focus along with a new story. The classes are five days a week. Length of Sessions vary by age group, and are broken down into these categories.
Grades 2-4: Limit 12 students will be a 2 week program
Grades 5-6: Limit 30 students will be a 2 week program
Grades 7-12: 20 groups of 20 students will create a short film where they will be lead by an adult producer during the filming process. They will participate the whole 6 weeks of the program.
Writing and Directing
Day 1) The students will develop their film ideas, learn fundamentals of three-act structure, and workshop script. In Directing Class, they learn the basics of film language, camera placement, and shot construction.
Cinematography and Sound
Day 2) participate in technical camera and sound classes. They will conduct shooting exercises. learning proper loading, operation, and maintenance of the camera. Students will shoot and screen tests for focus, exposure, lens perspective, slow/fast motion, and contrast. For sound students will learn to use boom, shotgun, and lavaliere microphones, production slates and discuss the best strategies for recording high quality production audio.
Day 3) devoted to shooting their individual youth film projects.
Day 4) Editing teacher gives a demonstration of the software and then the students cut their films under director’s’ supervision, and learn different methods of editing styles. Extra editing time is available for those who need it.
Screening & Critique
Day 5) CFS will host an in-class critique of all the films.
*CFS will hold special community screening events of the completed student films, and host them on CFS social media sources such as YouTube and Facebook.
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