Seycove Film and TV 11/12 course Outline


Film and TV 11/12 is a locally developed course that meets the requirements set out in the BC Ministry of Education learning outcomes for Drama Film and TV 11/12.

The course is a mix of theory and practice.

Students will critique and create films from many genres.

Students will complete multiple short assignments that are both technical and theory based. These short assignments will culminate in short films created by the students based on the genres that we study in class.

By the end of the course it is expected that students will be able to:


Attitudes/ work habits

Work to one's personal best

Work in a team atmosphere to overcome problems and concepts

Maintain an organized work environment

Strive to improve their craft


Shoot and transfer video files

Basic editing of shot work


Screenplay writing

Basic lighting

Audio capture and integration

Foleys and sound effects

Basic post production aspects (audio, and special effects)


Identify different genres of film

Identify different shots and angles

Understand and identify transitions and cuts

Understand the role of film in popular media

Understand the history of film

Identify audio effects and incorporate them into their own films



Evaluation will be transparent, meaning that marks breakdown will be available for every assignment.

Marks will be based on rubrics that accompany each assignment or project

Late assignments will not be accepted unless accompanied by a note from your parent/guardian.


This class has a certain amount of freedom to it. There are opportunities to work outside of the classroom. With this freedom comes responsibility. If you do not attend lectures, you will probably do poorly in this class! Regular attendance is mandatory.  You are expected to be in class, on time, every class for attendance.


I am always happy to see students in my non instructional time, or by appointment. Students are encouraged to stop by room 206 for help. Please contact me at any time via e-mail at if you need help, or to set up an appointment.



This class is broken into modules. Modules will have a learning outcome, and typically have one or more minor assignments and one major assignment.


Module 1- Course introduction, classroom procedures, Film History 1890-1899, Project 1

Drawers assigned

Books handed out

Stop Motion Project assigned

Overview of how to store footage on server (organization)

1890-1900 Film history shown


Module 2- Film History 1900-1909, IMDB, Voyage Dans La Lune

Viewing of La Voyage Dans la Lune

Creation of IMDB account for publishing critiques

“Voyage” review in class and IMDB questions

Clips of Hugo shown

For more viewing of the works of Georges Melies, click here


Module 3- Silent film Project, Chaplin and the founding of Hollywood

Film History 1910-1919

Silent Film Project assigned

Silent film Presentation project assigned (in class work)

Chaplin shown

IMDB review of Chaplin

In class work on synopsis and mind maps for Silent Film


Module 4- Camera shots and angles, the Roaring 20s, Film ratings and Hays Code

Shots and/or angles mini project(s) Assigned

Examples of shots and angles shown

Buster Keaton and The General clips introduced

Modern Times shown

Understanding the Hays code and BC Film ratings

Metropolis shown


Module 5- L and J Cuts

L and J cuts project assigned



Module 6- Screenplays and audio capture, 1940s film

Sunset Boulevard screened

Introduction to screenplays and dialogue

Writer Duet screenplay app discussed

Casablanca screened or discussed

Citizen Kane screened or discussed


Module 7- Cuts and Transitions

Cuts and transitions project assigned


Module 8- Film Noir

“The Nice Guys” previewed

BIG project introduced

Further audio capture techniques

Incorporation of audio downloads from (you MUST create an account)

“Brick” screened and screenplays reviewed

2 lav mic Project assigned