Independent Film Study
by The Milton Measure on Friday, October 14th, 2011
Milton allows its multitalented students to embrace their diverse skills and hobbies by offering a vast array of unique classes that go far beyond simple math and English. Five students including Keyon Vafa, James Wang, Molly Gilmore, Alistair Hutchings, and Chris Chu, are currently enrolled in Independent Film Study, one of Milton’s advanced arts programs.
Over the course of the school year, students in the film study class explore advanced cinematic techniques and styles, as well as create several short films under the guidance of teacher Shane Fuller. Students gradually work up to creating 30 minute long group pieces, using other Milton students as members of the cast.
The idea for an Independent Film Study Class was brought up only last year by several students in the regular Moving Image Class who decided that they wanted to continue film study at Milton for an extra year. Keyon Vafa expressed the group’s motivation. “We had really enjoyed the class, and we did not think that it was really all that fair that other art courses [such as photography] came with advanced classes while moving image did not.”
With the help of Mr. Fuller, the students founded an advanced course for independent film study. In brainstorming ideas for movies as a group and writing together, advanced film students are able to think outside of the box and develop imaginative scenes. James Wang, a Class I student, expresses his enthusiasm for the course, “I like the class because of my passion for films- both watching and creating them.”
Mr. Fuller is a tremendous support and inspiration for the class. As Keyon said, “Mr. Fuller (though he tells us to call him “Full Dog”) really makes things fun for us, and we have him to thank for everything.” In its first year, Milton’s Independent Film Study class has fostered a tight-knit and committed group of artists. Spread the word!
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