Film & Media
Creative exploration is vital in the DePaul Prep film program. Through this program students are tasked with learning to see the world through a variety of cultural lenses and in gaining an appreciation for creative expression we also gain insights into new ways of thinking. Developing an understanding of artistic styles and mediums allows students to think outside of the box and to look at traditional learning in a whole new way.
The Film Program at DePaul College Prep is designed to give students an introduction to the wide scoping world of filmmaking. Technical skills meet person-to-person collaboration as students work together to create all kinds of film and video projects that are common across today's media landscape. Whether practicing film theory, social media promotion, or documentary, students are on their feet and bringing innovative ideas to life every day.
Our students can often be seen roaming the hallways working on a project for film class. They study the production process, storyboarding, basic camera functions, shooting technique, and film editing.
These courses offer an analytical and hands-on approach to the study of film genres through analysis and production projects that focus on how narrative conventions impact the way we film. Students create meaning, tone, and emotion through various projects like silent film, building suspense in a horror film, and writing an extended script for a short, television mini-series.
Cup of Joe is a student-conceived, created, written, and produced bi-weekly video news broadcast. Launched in the spring of 2018, Cup of Joe aims to bring DePaul Prep updates and news to the school community through segments, highlights, and interviews. They are always looking for writers, producers, anchors, videographers, and behind the scenes hands.
I believe that one of the most effective ways to learn is to do so organically through hands-on exercises. I like to give students exercises that are completed in groups, but which also create fun environments where they can learn how to use cameras, lights, story, etc. It is upon reflection of the work, as opposed to lectures beforehand, where students can see the content that they have learned and are then equipped with excitement and confidence for the next day's work.
mr. jonathan Moeller
film & media instructor
Students in the IB Film program at DePaul College Prep are given the opportunity to take their films studies to a level that models college courses. Through intercultural studies and respect, the IB strives to help students develop into inquiring, knowledgeable, caring young people who are motivated to succeed. IB Film students study theory and cultural context for two years, all the while using advanced equipment to put what they learn into practice.