FILM, TELEVISION, & VIDEO PRODUCTION I ("FTV I")
This course is an introduction to using motion pictures as a communication tool. Students learn how to write scripts, use camcorders and other production equipment like microphones and lighting, and learn the basics of HD digital editing. A genre study offers insight into the common formats of motion pictures and television. Students take part in several production-based projects throughout the year.
FILM, TELEVISION, & VIDEO PRODUCTION II: NEWS PRODUCTION ("FTV II")
This extension of the first year course is designed to offer students hands-on work-based learning. Students learn about broadcast journalism by producing the live daily Capital News program and write, shoot, and edit segments for the show. Prerequisite: FTV I
This high level course fulfills an I.B. Diploma Programme arts requirement. Students do not have to be enrolled in the I.B. program to take this class. The course explores how meaning is constructed through filmic language and focuses on the cultural contexts of texts studied. Students learn about various cinematic traditions from around the globe. There are lots of writing elements and the course requires research projects, along with production work. Prerequisite: FTV I. It is highly suggested students also take FTV II before entering into IB Film.
Students should take the three courses in order for the most effective education. Students in the IB Diploma Programme are given priority for registration into IB Film.
WCAP's studio was launched in 1990. Previously, it was used as an English classroom. In December of 2002, the studio was completely gutted and rebuilt as part of Broughton's $30 million renovation.
The studio features a control room/non-linear edit suite, 4 isolated non-linear edit suites, and a computerized lighting grid. The Capital Foundation donated our current news desk set in 2018.
Our facilities utilize 2 Panasonic AG-AC30 studio cameras with teleprompters. Students use Panasonic AG-AC30 hi-definition camcorders for all projects. An army of microphones, tripods, lighting, and a wealth of production accessories are also available.
To bring students the latest technology, we feature isolated edit suites, equipped with professional non-linear editing software. The control room utilizes live production software for studio-style production, hi-definition monitors, and a soundmixer. An ETC lighting board controls over 20 studio-caliber ETC and Altman lights.