Creation Point Ministries offers media classes for high school students in Maple Ridge, BC. These courses are high school accredited.
We seek to train students in worldview and filmmaking all from
a Christian perspective. Our goal is to train an army of Christian filmmakers that will be able to make an impact for God's kingdom.
In the Level One course, we introduce the complex but essential concept of “reification” – with a special focus on how stories and movies can reify (make concrete or acceptable) certain ideas very rapidly. Then we explore the Old Testament, starting with the early chapters of Genesis, and then following, a thread of the redeemer in God’s promises to Eve, Abraham and David. We move into the New Testament and see what Jesus added to the Old Testament worldview, such as a new type of kingdom with new rules and new ways to fight. The students will then be introduced to Spiritual Warfare and learn how to hear from God. We’ll briefly survey Henry Blackaby’s teaching on “Experiencing God”. This will give the students a tool to learn to discern the voice of God in their lives.
In the storytelling sections, we’ll uncover some surprising rules to great storytelling, and see how even a mini-story can profoundly impact people. Then each student will write a mini-story. This story may (but need not) be based on their own life. Ideally, this story will be filmable using the skills and resources available to the students. We will also introduce the unique format needed for script writing, and the students will put their mini-story into script form. They will then build a collage or storyboard using photographs and they will be ready to film.
The students will spend a substantial time working with film equipment and developing their own movie making skills. In this first year, the students will explore the various rules of photography (like “rule of thirds” and “leading lines”) and create a portfolio as they begin to grasp the foundation elements of cinematography. They will then practice some of the basic rules (“180 degree” and “5 degree”) for creating great shots especially as applied to conversations between two or more people. Students will also be introduced to set design, costumes, and acting. The students will repeatedly practice setting up and putting away our equipment (d-SLR cameras, tripods, lights & sound) and then work with that equipment on various video projects in class. And of course, they will create a video story on their own, using whatever equipment they have on hand, even if it is only a cell phone.
Each student will write, shoot and edit their own video. We will provide a free editing program and some coaching. The goal is to create a video that is coherent and interesting. This video need only be 2 or 3 minutes in length but can be longer. Students might also want to keep an eye to maintain good cinematography by applying the tricks we learned in photography. And, in all our classes, creativity can make up for many other mistakes.
Description of the Level 1 course:
In the academic (worldview) part of the Level 3 course, the students will have their minds and hearts expanded dramatically. In our Bible theology section, they will examine the most unique and powerful teaching of the Trinity, and its many ramifications. They will listen to a stirring lecture on reification, with application to our culture, and examine ten ways that a movie can be Christian. This will include some movie watching. Then they will dig deeper into Spiritual Power; why is this so important, and what are the secrets? This will be followed by a survey of the five best ways to spread Christianity and finally, we’ll examine our secret weapon – a super-tool without peer – for impacting lives, saving our culture and changing the future.
In the Level 3 course, the student will focus on a movie idea they dream of achieving. They will write out the first few pages and the last pages of their screenplay. These pages are crucial. A good writer starts any project with these pages and these first 2 pages must grab the attention of any reader. Then the student will write several scenes (or sequences) from their own screenplay. These might be dialogue, action or description. These scenes do not need to “make sense” in isolation, but the student should be able to explain how it fits into the bigger whole. In these writing assignments (and videos made from these), the student can dream big and write without concern for budget.
In the L3 course, we will do something totally different. The students will film two scenes from their own (much bigger) screenplay. This full-length screenplay need not actually exist, so the student will need to create or “guess” at what these scenes might be. The student can shoot as little as a single scene or as much as an entire sequence (which is several scenes). Generally, a sequence is a story in itself, but a single scene does not need to “make sense” in itself. The student should think of these videos as rough sketches of what they would like to shoot if they had the money. The student should feel free to use any methods or gimmicks they wish. They could use “fake” props, set up a green screen, or add instructions via words. It’s totally up to the student. The only limitation is that these two videos should be labelled and briefly explained as to how they might fit into the larger story. As always, creativity is considered a good thing.
Description of the Level 3 course: