Students will learn about the process of making movies including development, pre-production, production, post-production and distribution. Students will be responsible for creating their own short motion picture and will be graded on the effort they put into their project. Assignments will include screenwriting, storyboarding, scene design, casting, crewing, shot lists, in-class productions, revisions, re-edits and the final project. Students will write a resume, which will address the various departments of motion picture production. The main goal of the class is to help all students attain marketable skills in the motion picture industry.
Instructor: Gregg Ascolese
Gregg Ascolese teaches Audio/Visual Production and is a graduate of Temple University's School of Communications where he majored in Broadcasting, Telecommunications, and Mass Media. Mr. Ascolese is currently finishing up a Master's Degree in Education Administration from Saint Peter's University and has been teaching at High Tech High School since 2006. Mr. Ascolese's goals in the classroom are to teach students how to work effectively as a crew, and to give them both the basic and advanced understandings of film. This is Mr. Ascolese's fourth year teaching Radio, Television, and Film. Over the past three years, Mr. Ascolese's students have been selected to over 20 film festivals and have taken away over 24 top prizes, including: First Place at the AT&T Film Awards, Best Writing and Best Editing at the SNY Future Filmmaker's Festival, Filmmaker of Tomorrow at the Golden Door International Film Festival, and both the Gold and Bronze medals at the SkillsUSA Television Production Category. Mr. Ascolese is currently working on a few web-related projects with his students, which are supported by 21st Century Fox. "Teamwork is key!" is something that Mr. Ascolese emphasizes in every classroom he enters.