The SAAS Film Program helps students develop their ability to be critical producers and consumers of audio-visual communications. By utilizing the three-phase process of analysis and design, construction, and implementation, SAAS students design and engineer their films while simultaneously developing a sense of their own aesthetics. Students are encouraged to experiment with ways of communicating to an audience, whether it be through the two-dimensional world of animation and traditional film, the 3D world of physical video installation, or even, 360 degree / virtual reality experiences.
By preparing students to be active, critical viewers in a media saturated world, the SAAS Film Program teaches students to explore and question established media language conventions and to explore alternative ways of producing and presenting their own original content.
Starting in Middle School (grades 7 and 8), students can take “Media Makers” classes. Utilizing creative applications on iPads, students produce photography, digital 2D art, musical compositions, animations, and live action movies. These classes are designed to be exploratory and individualized, as students develop their own aesthetic sense and discover which forms of digital media production they are drawn to.
Upper School Beginning and Intermediate Film are foundational classes, which enable students to think like a filmmaker, gain technical skill handling gear, and increase their knowledge and proficiency working with audio/visual software. Through the process of pre-production, production, and post-production, students also learn experimental and art-based processes. These processes encourage students to question established media language conventions and to explore alternative ways of producing and presenting their own original content. Juniors and seniors in Advanced Film classes have the opportunity to work on projects in numerous roles, such as producer, director, cinematographer, sound engineer, or generalist.