Autism House Certificate Program 

This program is intended for students who are diagnosed on the autism spectrum or a related difference. The program is intended to prepare the individual for working in the film, broadcasting or related media industries. The commitment to be a part of the program is a minimum of 20 hours month, preferably 30 hours, which can be paid through service contracts; private pay is also available. The program can be completed in two years or extended to a longer period if needed.

 

As a Certificate student, you will receive ongoing advising and mentorship. The certificate program culminates with a public screening of your completed film projects, as well as, creating a portfolio of your work and a professional resume. Throughout the program students will produce a portfolio of completed projects that demonstrate technical and creative skills to work in the media industry. Autism House will then help with job placement and connect you with potential employers.

 

1) SOCIAL FILM GROUP

Students must first be part of Social Film Group for at least three months and demonstrate creative and technical ability, as well as, the ability to collaborate and work in a group.

 

2) Students must complete six of the following elective courses: 

Each class is 12 weeks long or 24 hours. 

 

Screenwriting 

The purpose of the course is to learn about film and television screenplay structure, analyze dramatic strategies in film and television, learn and apply correct script form, and creatively engage in the various stages of original scriptwriting.

 

Directing

Shoot and direct a scene(s) with actors and a small crew, and edit it to a finished product. Write and shoot a short film. Develop your unique “director’s eye”. Learn how to block, rehearse and coach actors. Determine workable shootings schedule, and  approaches to lighting, framing and camera movement How to market yourself and your project as a director.

 

Cinematography 

Develop your creative eye and gain confidence as an image-maker while learning about the technology and artistry of cinematography.  We’ll start by learning the basics of exposure, focal length and depth of field, and then experiment with different approaches to shot composition, foreground and background, and camera movement. 

 

Editing

Introduction to editing styles, concepts, and techniques using Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere and Avid. Learn how editing (sound and picture) creates meaning. Setting up a project and organizing your materials. Principles of continuity: matching action and montage editing styles. Experimenting with rhythm and pacing. Adding sound effects, text, music, and narration

 

Stage and Film Acting

An introduction to the actor's technique and performance skills, exploring the elements necessary to begin training as an actor, i.e., observation, concentration, and imagination. Focus is on physical and vocal exercises, improvisation, and text and character. There is required play reading, play attendance, and some scene study.

 

Soundtrack Design

Exploration and analysis of sound design as both an artistic and technical process. Developing skills that lead to a greater awareness and understanding of sound in media. Exploration and understanding of the equipment and software used to create sound.


Animation, Visual Efx. & Motion Graphics

This class will be focused on visual effects, integrating various computer based programs such as After Effects, Photoshop and and Adobe Premiere. The class will teach how to do chroma key effects, animation and motion graphics. Learn Dragonframe software and how animators create movement frame by frame using stop motion shooting. Working with paper, clay and objects, you will create characters, backdrops and props and record your own animated short stories.

 

Film Analysis

Learn the history of movies from the invention through the silent era till present day. Critique filmmaking elements of various media, including television and video games. Explore the different genres and analyze contemporary films. We will also learn about modern methods of critiquing media online such as Nostalgia Critic and Cinemasins.

Narrative Production

This class is designed to introduce you to cinematic storytelling and will focus on narrative development and script preparation. This class is designed to encourage an organic exploration of storytelling. It is an opportunity to develop a clearer sense of what you as a media-maker wish to communicate and the skills necessary to express those ideas effectively.

 

Documentary Production

This course explores the documentary filmmaking process by viewing a wide range of documentary films and discussing their attributes. Students will produce three documentary projects in teams to develop skills in conceptualizing, directing and editing various styles of documentary films. Students will learn interview techniques.  Emphasis will be placed on developing technical proficiencies in hand-held cinematography, location sound recording, and editing. 

 

3) Students must complete at least 28 hours of elective workshops: 

Each workshop is 4 hours and we offer one to two a month.

 

Activist Filmmaking

Collage Editing

Grant-writing for Film

Art Direction

Multi-camera Production

Interview Techniques

Basic Lighting

Sound Recording

Getting Your Film into Festivals

Creating Your Reel

Media Management

Social Media

Your Youtube Channel

Fund Raising & Distribution

Visiting Artist Workshops