A short film that documents a Niles Township High School filmmaking class. Various scenes of students and teachers going through exercises and lessons about filmmaking. Includes animation exercises, learning to use a light meter, and acting.
00:08 - Blank screen with voice over of a conversation. Cut to CU of a skull and a boy working on it with clay. A voice asks “Is this your animated film?” Girls drawing on strips of film with markers in MCU and CU, camera unsteady with hand held motion.
00:41 - “Cross-section” title fades in over a CU of the film as a girl draws on it. Var. shots of students and teachers in a classroom and voice over of brief conversations. A girl takes notes in CU, LS of people standing by a projector viewing simple animation exercies.
01:57 - Film changes to sepia at this point. CU of var. faces. Var. shots of students and teachering using a light meter, ZOOM IN to a CU on meter.
02:32 - A female teacher arranges a leopard print backdrop fabric. Var. CU of students. MS of a boy draped in more fabric with a fake barbell in front of the backdrop. He and another student interact, goofing off. ZOOM IN and OUT of this scene.
03:12 - CU of a student. ZOOM OUT to a MLS as he flashes a light at the camera, grinning. Fade out to a title reading “Filmmaking in high school” and fade back to the previous scene as the student continues to flash the light, creating a strobe effect.
03:28-03:37 - Blank screen with title “A film by May Pietz 1973”.