Level 2 Drama - Knowing the Camera

Course Description

Teacher in Charge:

New Zealand is heading into an era with unprecedented levels of film and television production due to the international perception of New Zealand having world class crews locally and it being a safe place in which to produce products for the screen. Inevitably Drama as a school subject will extend to allow screen performances to be eligible for assessment, just as it currently does for stage performance. For screenwriters, actors, directors and producers, the understanding of the processes, specialist technical production roles and relationships between them is invaluable.

THIS COURSE WILL PROVIDE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR ANY STUDENT WITH A BURNING DESIRE TO FILL ONE OF THE MANY CREATIVE ROLES CENTRAL TO THE MAKING OF TELEVISION AND/OR FILM ENTERTAINMENT(i.e MOVIES), including Screenwriting, Directing, Producing, Lighting, Cinematography, Camera grip and, of course, Acting. Students will gain a thorough understanding of what they will be getting into and, if they still want it, the skills to go for it!  Students will have access to high quality cameras,sound recording devices and editing equipment.

Learning Opportunities

In this course you will need to:

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  • Screenwriting skills.
  • The study of a cinema genre. 
  • Creative use of media technology to develop a screen narrative.
  • The use and manipulation of light, sound, movement, time and character in cinema.
  • Production planning skills.
  • Screenwriting.
  • Directing skills.
  • Understanding the cinematic elements used to create narrative. 
  • Vision and sound Editing skills.
  • Analysis of cinema performance.
  • Collaborative group skills.
  • Selecting and performing a crew role in film production (Director, DOP, Assistant director, Art director, gaffer, grip, sound recordist, editor).
  • Physical, emotional and behavioural self-awareness.
  • On screen performance.
  • Communication skills using voice and body. 

  • Individual and collective responsibility.

  • Self discipline.

  • Technical understanding.

  • Script writing skills.

Year Levels/Departments:

Drama, Seniors

Resources Required

1 B8 Exercise book