Ollywood

What makes a movie a movie? How is storytelling through film different from storytelling through literature? Which films deserve a “thumbs-up” and which deserve a “thumbs-down” – and why? These are just some of the questions you will pursue in the Ollywood course.

In this course, you will take on the role of a film critic and learn to evaluate films based on 3 stages of production. Starting with Pre-Production, you will learn about what happens before the camera starts rolling, and all the work involved with envisioning and staging a film. Next, during Production, you will learn to see through a director’s lens, scrutinizing details such as lighting, framing, and camera angles. Finally, during Post-Production, you will learn about the art of editing and sound effects, which help to create the mood and suspense in films.

Course Units

How are movies prepared?

Why?

In this unit you will learn about the main elements of film pre-production: screenwriting, set design, and costume design.

How?

Here are the unit sub guiding questions you will pursue:

  • What are the elements of film pre-production?
  • What is the role of a location scout?
  • How do we critique the elements of film pre-production?

How are movies filmed?

Why?

In this unit you will learn about the main elements of film production: lighting, camera angles and acting.

How?

Here are the unit sub guiding questions you will pursue:

  • What are the elements of film production?
  • How is a character established?
  • How do we critique the elements of film production?

What? Please click on the links below to access each Part of this lesson. Be sure to go in order, as each part builds on the previous one.

How are movies edited?

Why?

In this unit you will learn about the main elements of film production: lighting, camera angles and acting.

How?

Here are the unit sub guiding questions you will pursue:

  • What are the elements of film production?
  • How is a character established?
  • How do we critique the elements of film production?