Film and Storytelling is an elective course that takes a dual approach to gaining knowledge and understanding of visual literacy by examining film as both art and industry. The primary focus is for students to demonstrate knowledge of film, including film history, filming techniques, sound, editing, visual design, casting, performance, and distribution, and how these work together to convey the filmmaker's artistic vision. The goal is for students to be able to understand and explain how films tell a story and convey meaning through diverse styles, periods, and genres. Students are expected to engage in college-preparatory reading, writing, and use the vocabulary of the film industry and theorists, and work toward a more comprehensive understanding of the variety of competing “literacies” required by contemporary life. The secondary focus is producing short films with the goal being for students to convey meaning to viewers and use visual literacy to tell a story.