portland school of cinemakers

The Line Logo.png

Episode 1: Pure Cinema

What is cinema? It is telling a story through image and sound that communicates ideas and emotions.

Press play on the audio player below to begin your education as a Cinemaker.

After completing Part 1, click on the link below to watch the film clip.

After watching the clip of Once Upon A Time in the West, click on the audio player below to continue the lesson.

Once Part 2 is completed, click on the link below to watch the film clip.

After watching the clip of Amelie, click on the audio player below to resume the lesson.

Once Part 3 is completed, click on the link below to watch the film clip.

After watching the clip from There Will Be Blood, click on the audio player below to resume the lesson.

Upon completing Part 4, begin class exercise #1. Read instructions below.


Exercise #1

Tell a story with only still pictures that has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Introduce characters. There should be conflict. There should be resolution. And you have one hour to complete. The gallery below is an example created by your professors for your reference.

Submit your work through the classroom portal.


Assignment #1

Write an outline of your short film. An outline should contain a description of your main characters (hero, antagonist, supporting cast) major plot points, the beginning, the middle and the end of the story, the big crisis that fuels your story and the resolution.