This project-based class teaches students the basics of screenwriting, shot composition, camera functions, directing, video editing, and media analysis. Students work individually and in groups to write, shoot and edit their own projects. Sample student projects during the semester include short narrative films, book trailers, public service announcements and music videos.
Whitman Video Production students have won awards at various film festivals, including the Fresh Film Northwest Film Festival in Portland, Bush School’s Middle School Media Festival, and the Images of Youth Film Festival.
Alumni have gone on to study at prestigious film schools,including NYU, Columbia, Emerson and USC.
About the Teacher
Before coming to Whitman to head the Media Literacy/TV Production program, Christopher King taught language arts for six years at a middle school in Los Angeles. Prior to teaching, Mr. King worked for many years in the television and film business in a number of capacities – from news cameraman/editor covering Capitol Hill and the White House, to production assistant on the Emmy-winning mini-series “The Winds of War” for Paramount Pictures, to Writer’s Guild of America Fellowship Winner for screenplay writing.
Whitman filmmaker Silas Horn attended the prestigious Prodigy Camp 2021 this past summer. The flagship program is designed for the most promising young filmmakers and songwriters from around the world. Held just outside of Seattle, the camp creates a space dedicated to helping aspiring young artists explore and develop the art of storytelling.
Aspiring cinematographer and Whitman alumni Ella Tipping is off to study Film & Digital Arts at the University New Mexico.
Whitman Students Earn 3rd place in national filmmaking competition
Sylvia Oram & Ella Kucewicz won 3rd Prize for their documentary, ” Women’s Rights in the Constitution.” This year students were asked to create a 5-6 minute long video exploring the issue they most want the president and new Congress to address in 2021. Read more.
Whitman TV Pro Alumni off to California to continue film studies
Marley Rankin (class of 2016) is studying filmmaking at Chapman University, and Hannah Weaver (class of 2016) is majoring in Media Studies at Scripps College.
Awards for Whitman Filmmakers
Whitman filmmakers won multiple awards at the 9th Annual Middle School Media Festival, hosted by The Bush School on May 28th, 2019. Audience Awards went to Devon Colquhoun & Maya Korman; Torin Ege & Hunter Dowdy; and Dylan Adams & Caleb Feaver. Audience Awards Cum Laude went to Mia Pullo-Fligiel & Daniel Kaminker; and Lars Lewan & Ben Braverman.
Class of 2019 Alumni head off this fall to continue media/film studies
Having completed the video program at Ballard High, more former Whitman filmmakers will be heading off to colleges and universities this fall to continue their studies in media and film. Emma Inge is off to Linfield College, Freeman Marshall to Montana State University, and Jasper Laur to Savannah College of Art & Design.
2018 Middle School Media Fest Awards Whitman Filmmakers
The 8th Annual Middle School Media Fest was held on June 4th at the Bush School. Jackson Greer received both a Teacher’s Choice Award and an Audience Cum Laude Award for his Sad Story. Sam Airhart received and Audience Award for his Door Story.
More Whitman Alumni Head Off To Continue Film/Media Studies
Jessie Romero to Cal Poly, Martin Bolivar to Columbia College, Jessica Leuck to Savannah College of Art & Design, Jasper Land to WSU, and Veronica Redpath to California Lutheran University
2017 Middle School Media Fest Winners
The following Whitman filmmakers were recognized at the 7th Annual Middle School Media Fest: Owen Frank & Braden Meyers, Ella Hudson & Scout Brown, Griffin Guyer & Gunner Whistler-Wills, Helena Howling & Addie Svec & Ella Tipping, Nina Olson, Connor Dynes & Bo Wikan, Dylan Knouse & Silas Davis.
2016 Whitman Filmmakers Win More Awards
Whitman filmmakers won numerous awards at the 2016 Middle School Media Fest. Congratulations to Bobbie B. & Mirella R., Sam E. & Matji M., Dayton W. & Everett H., Marley R. & Mekana V., Parker H., Hannah W. and Emma H.,
Jury Picks Whitman Filmmakers For Regional Award
The short film TIME CATCHES UP, produced by Whitman filmmakers Max Beaulieu and Sam Boldvan, is one of only 12 works selected to appear in the Fresh Film Northwest Winners Program, held at Portland Art Museum’s Whitsell Auditorium on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at 12pm. Part of the 2015 Northwest Filmmakers Festival, Fresh Film is one of the oldest and largest youth film festivals in the nation, with entries coming from 13 to 19 year-old filmmakers in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.
Whitman Filmmakers Walk Away With Awards
Whitman TV Production students won multiple awards at the 2015 Middle School Media Festival held at The Bush School on May 14th.
Max Beaulieu won an Audience Award and Teacher’s Award for Time Catches Up and an Audience Award for Reoccurring Dreams. Nina Wolf & Saruah Ruzumna won an Audience Award and Teacher’s Award for Cliques PSA.Elliott Russell won as Audience Award and Teacher’s Award for The Dream.And Anna Schuetze & Taylor Knowles won an Audience Award for“Drinking PSA”.
Across the River Arts in partnership with Interagency Academy, the Fremont Abbey Arts Center, and Seattle Art Museum presented emerging teen artists exploring the theme of Breaking Free. The one night showcase was curated by members of the Expressive Arts Class at the University District Youth Center. Breaking Free featured a wide variety of original works by innovative local teen performers ready to extend their reach. Spoken word artists, musicians, and every style in between made up this special show, giving the community an opportunity to meet these talented individuals and experience their captivating work.
Jaya Flanary and DJ McCoy (class of 2012) will be continuing their film studies at Columbia College of Chicago and Relativity School in Los Angeles respectively
These former Whitman Students (class of 2011) will be heading off to the following film schools this fall: Coleman Anderson to NYU; Rachel Cole to Columbia; Simon Gibson-Penrose to Emerson; and Matt Nguyen to UC Boulder.
Whitman alumni Michael Vitz-Wong, August Detering, and Ryan Smith (Class of 2010), are now studying filmmaking at Emerson College in Boston, New York University, and USC respectively. Keep an eye out for these talented filmmakers.
Videos by Whitman filmmakers, past and present, will be broadcast on SPS-TV Cable Channel 26. The videos will run between shows and will also be featured on the Student Video Showcase (Fridays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays and Sundays at 5:30 PM).