Video & Performing Arts

Students will develop, produce, and deliver unique video and audio projects for television, film, and commercial broadcasts.

Grade 9: Introduction to Radio & Television Broadcasting

  • Foundational Knowledge: Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of core concepts in radio & television broadcasting, including:
    • Photography: Basic principles, DSLR camera operation, image editing
    • Filmmaking: Short-form fiction & non-fiction production, screenwriting, non-linear editing software fundamentals
    • Audio Production: Sound design principles, practical application in video projects

Grade 10: Mastering Foundational Skills

  • Camera Techniques: In-depth exploration of camera settings for exposure, color, and file formats for creative control in photography & videography.
  • Visual Storytelling: Students will craft meaningful narratives using individual photographs, manipulating light, color, and composition.
  • Broadcast Journalism: Analyze contemporary media systems, develop journalistic reporting skills, and select newsworthy content.
  • Audio Production: Design and implement sound design elements for diverse video projects.

Grade 11: Advanced Production Techniques

  • Production Mastery: Refine skills in directing, producing, lighting, camera operation, and non-linear editing applied to fiction & non-fiction projects.
  • Narrative Filmmaking: Produce public service announcements, documentaries, exploring various genres and styles.
  • Broadcast Journalism Immersion: Participate in rotations through the television studio and control room, gain hands-on experience with equipment. Produce episodes of "Taconic Thunder News," mastering script formatting and news rundowns.

Grade 12: Senior Capstone & Specialization

  • Long-Term Projects: Apply acquired skills and knowledge to independent and community-based projects, including potential senior projects and freelance work.
  • Advanced Photography: Enhance technical ability with camera settings and digital editing software (Lightroom, Photoshop). Develop a personal photography portfolio showcasing creative vision.
  • Television Production Specialization: Develop and pitch television pilots, gaining insights into the industry and creating proof-of-concept materials.
  • Audiovisual Storytelling Exploration: Experiment with advanced techniques in directing and producing audio-visual content for various audiences.