Filmmaking from the First Directors

Age: 13+ Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School 1 Full Credit

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Learn the basics of filmmaking and early film history. The class takes students through a unique journey starting in the late 19th century when film was invented, then guides them through the steps first directors took in creating the modern language of film. Each lesson will include watching a lecture, viewing a variety of films, and reading source materials. Assignments will also include making a variety of short films which will then be uploaded online for class comments and review. The goal of the class is to teach students how to make films one step at a time.

Note that we do not review the content of student submissions, so parents are responsible to monitor their student’s viewing of any links shared by other students.

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About Instructor

Thomas Purifoy, Jr.

A creative filmmaker who develops unique learning resources intended to advance the Kingdom of God. Thomas helped develop a classical-based curriculum, and taught philosophy, Old Testament, film and history at the American School of Lyon, France. Thomas studied English at Vanderbilt University and is a former Officer in the US Navy. He currently oversees Compass Classroom and Compass Cinema.

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Course Includes

  • 14 Lessons
  • 94 Steps
  • Course Certificate

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