Filmmaking as Philosophy

Filmmaking as Philosophy
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  • For Credit
  • Residential / Commuter Options Available

Target Audience

  • This program is available for rising 11th and 12th grade high school students
  • Students interested in filmmaking, production, storytelling, creative writing, the arts, etc.


This four-week, for-credit program is designed to challenge students by exploring storytelling principles through the lens of filmmaking. Students will study current works in film across genres and identify / discuss meaning and theoretical approaches to filmmaking. Students can anticipate learning about all aspects of the filmmaking process from idea to screen and get a glimpse into the various disciplines one can study in a college-level fine arts or humanities program. Students will have the opportunity to develop critical thinking and conceptual creativity as they share in discussions of examples of philosophy and storytelling in everyday life. Finally, students will engage in creating their own films, culminating with a final cut screening and awards ceremony open to family and friends. 
Students will take the following courses:
ART 3612C: Beginning Video, Animation, and Digital Arts (3 credits)
This course offers a unique opportunity for artists to pursue a cutting-edge approach to video, sound, animation and electronic media. Early lessons focus on learning the technical and conceptual skills needed to produce work. Students will use various digital production hardware and software as tools of artistic invention. In conjunction, we examine how the predominant modes of motion pictures function in our daily lives and explore alternative production practices.

IDH 4930: Honors College Selected Topics: Philosophy in Everyday Life (3 credits)
“Wonder,” the ancient Greek philosopher Plato claims, “is the only beginning of philosophy” (Theaetetus 982b). In this course, students will explore how sophisticated philosophical ideas emerge out of our ordinary everyday experiences. Our aim will be to understand what Plato might have meant by “wonder,” why he might think it to be the “only” beginning to philosophy, and where we might discover wonder—and philosophy—in the contours of our everyday lives. Students should expect to gain an appreciation of some of the most important ideas in the Western intellectual tradition, how these ideas shape our everyday lives, and how they continue to inform and inspire a host of contemporary interdisciplinary research projects (e.g., engaging cognitive neuroscience, robotics, architecture and design, ethics, medicine, and many others).

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will learn best practices for producing video, sound, animation and electronic media
  • Students will produce a film from concept to final cut