It’s time to take the film school film curriculum and dump it on the trash.
After years of complaints about poor teaching and poor student results, some have said it’s time for the system to go.
But in an era of declining student enrolment, some say it’s not about teaching but about students taking the blame for what’s gone wrong.
That’s exactly what the California Film Institute (CFI) wants to change.
And it’s a big deal.CFI President Gary Vitti says it’s about creating an education that “works for the student, not the teacher.”
“We want to create a program that will be successful,” Vittii says.
“If it works, we’re happy.”
Vitti has led the California film school system for nearly 20 years, but he’s seen a huge change since he took over from longtime board chairman Mike Linder.
It’s a turnaround in how the system teaches, and Vittis focus on teaching has led to more student success.
“I have no idea why it’s been such a struggle for the last five years, or how it’s gotten so bad,” he says.
He says the problem with the curriculum has been in how it teaches, not what it teaches.
“When we were in the film department, we were told by the faculty that they were going to be teaching us a very specific and very specific curriculum, and that we should be learning a new curriculum every semester.
I don’t know why we are being told that.”
In 2010, CFI hired Linder to lead the institute, but the program wasn’t doing well.
Linder says he was frustrated.
In 2015, CFi started its first new film school since 2009, and its graduation rate hit 70% in the second semester of 2019.
Linder says his biggest criticism of the current curriculum was that it was not being taught to students.
“It was a problem, a lack of attention, an absence of communication between the students and the faculty,” he told the Los Angeles Times.
“It was frustrating and disheartening and that’s why we decided to do a radical change.”VITTI says he’s proud of the changes that have been made, including the creation of the Film and Television Standards Board, which is charged with creating a curriculum that can be applied across the nation.
But he also says the curriculum needs to be updated to include more students, more of a focus on digital media and more hands-on teaching.
Vittis new curriculum includes a three-part series on film making and the teaching of film making.
In the first part, students learn how to make a film, and how to write a script and make it ready to go for production.
Then, they see how the crew does it, the costumes, the sound and everything.
In third and fourth part of the curriculum, students see how to put it all together and make the final film.VITTIS curriculum will focus on how to film a film.
In part two, students will see how it is shot and edited.
And in part three, students can work on editing the film to make sure everything looks perfect.
In the fourth part, the students learn to use their imagination to create an original screenplay.
Vittisi says that is key to creating a film that is “well-rounded, diverse and respectful of the craft and history of the art.”CFI will also be working with students on their writing projects.
They will have a chance to get a hand-picked group of students to write scripts.
“We will have students working with us to write films that reflect their personalities and their lives,” VITTIS says.
The curriculum will also have students read and review the scripts that will then be passed on to production companies.
“Our hope is that by working together, we can give students the tools and tools they need to write and produce films that are authentic to their personalities, and not just their industry,” VITIS says in a statement.CFFI is one of the few film schools in the country that are offering its own course on filmmaking.
VITTI has been teaching filmmaking for about two years now.
He and Linder say they hope to make the course available to students by the end of 2019 and the rest of the year.