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Filmmaking for Teachers (WF014)

Fee: $219 ($239 after May 1)
[Explore and create : Workshop]

Saturday, June 25, 8:30 am–3:30 pm
Hyatt Regency Hyatt Regency, Capitol Ballroom 6

favoritesDouglas Herman  favoritesJosh Weisgrau  
Learn the technical and artistic techniques of communicating through video to create great content and help your students make their own compelling video projects for classes and clubs.

Fee: $219 ($239 after May 1)
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, PC, Mac
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Participants will work in small groups to create videos in the hands on portion of the workshop, therefore not all participants will need their own devices. If available, participants should bring a digital camera (w/video capability) and laptop or a mobile device with built in camera.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Storytelling/multimedia
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Performing/visual arts
ISTE Standards: Teachers : Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity
Students : Communication and collaboration

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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the basic visual ideas that transform a movie from good to great. Visual and media literacy are vital skills for the next generation, and this workshop can play a part in helping teachers become more literate in these areas themselves. Teachers can use the skills learned in this workshop to create documentary videos about classes or projects, instruction videos for students, or narrative movies for learning and entertainment. Perhaps more importantly, teachers will leave this workshop with the skills and resources to instruct and assess their students as they create video projects in their classes. Participants will learn through a mixture of direct instruction from the presenters, small group work to produce videos, and support in those small groups not only from each other, but also the presenters and representatives from WeVideo.


This workshop with cover: 1. Cinematography, including shot types and their ideal uses and effects, as well as technical and artistic tips to keep in mind when shooting video. 2. Scripting and storytelling, including three act structure and tips for constructing narratives for both fiction and non-fiction (documentary) videos. 3. Editing, including both artistic and technical techniques. Participants will edit using the WeVideo platform, with representatives from WeVideo on hand to provide support and information. The workshop will begin with a brief overview of filmmaking skills and artistic techniques (approx. 1 hour). From there, participants will form small groups and begin plotting a short narrative or documentary digital film (approx. 30 minutes). The groups will shoot their videos in the Convention Center and the surrounding areas of Denver (approx. 2 hours). Each group will be paired with a guide - a student or alumnus(a) from Science Leadership Academy's Rough Cut Productions video program. Groups will edit their videos using WeVideo or software of their choice (approx. 2 hours), with the presenters and representatives from WeVideo available to provide artistic and technical support. The workshop will conclude with a screening of the completed videos (approx. 30 min).

Supporting research

The value of media production as a tool for increasing digital and media literacy is well documented and supported by scholars and associations like the National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), Project New Media Literacies (founded by Henry Jenkins), The Media Education Lab (founded by Renee Hobbs), and many others.



favorites Douglas Herman, Rough Cut Schools

favorites Josh Weisgrau, Digital Promise Global

Josh is the director of the Learning Studios project at Digital Promise Global. Previously he helped develop the makerspace and maker learning program at Friends' Central School in Philadelphia; and has taught Photography, Information and Digital Literacy, Computer Science, Shop, and STEAM. He is a co-founder of Rough Cut Schools, consulting and advocating for media literacy and production in schools around the world. Josh has a B.A. in theater from Wesleyan University and a Masters of Liberal Arts with a concentration in media and cultural studies from Temple University.