Advanced Film & Video Teachers Workshop

Teach the latest developments in digital technology and software in your classroom.

Carrie PrattThe film and digital filmmaking technology is updating and evolving constantly. Teachers must keep up with these changes. This class is for high school and college educators, department chairs, and others who are presently teaching film and digital filmmaking.

Film and video techniques and gear are evolving constantly, and educators need to keep up with these changes. This class is for educators at all levels who are presently teaching film and digital production or incorporating it into their teaching.
Much of what is covered in this workshop comes from the participants themselves as we share our experiences as film teachers, including curricula, lesson plans, project ideas, gear, software, and classroom/lab setup. We'll share our best lessons for teaching camera-work, lighting, sound, editing, and other filmmaking techniques. We'll discuss narrative and documentary forms, media trends, and new possibilities for higher quality student work as better gear becomes less expensive.  We'll discuss and use a variety of video and DSLR cameras, lenses, microphones, light kits, and pre/post-production software.  We'll share ways to encourage and critique creative work, manage our own education as teachers and artists, and refine the skills we hope to pass on to our students.  Participants will make a short piece for the Friday night screening, so they can experience and refine an exercise they might assign to their own students.
The platform for the class is the Macintosh, using Final Cut Pro X and/or Adobe Creative Suite.  A résumé is requested for this workshop. For less-experienced film and video educators, we suggest our initial Film and Video Teachers workshop.


"In real estate, it's location, location, location.  Here it's people, people, people.  You have to be a rock not to absorb the energy here."
- Jerri Wingard, Falls Village, CT

"I opened my mind and my ego to change and improvement.  I believe the MMW experience gave me a wealth of new knowledge and reinvigorated me."
- Susan Edens, Clarksville, AR

Workshop sponsored by:Canon link


Ben Stumpf

As a Boston-based documentary filmmaker and editor, Ben loves to make films that raise awareness about social causes. He produced and edited a documentary for WGBH about the pros and cons of competition, and worked with his students on another WGBH short about global warming's effects on New England fishing. He worked on camera, sound, editing, and research for a feature-length documentary, Traces of the Trade, which opened the POV season in 2008.  He has produced awareness-raising short pieces on time banks, local currencies, immigration, and climate change, and cut the trailers for the 2009 and 2010 Boston Jewish Film Festivals.
Ben has taught creative technology (filmmaking, graphic and web design, animation, digital music) to high school students for over 10 years.  He has been a student or teaching assistant in most of MMW's film workshops, and has taught the Film & Video Teachers Workshops for the past few years.  He holds a Masters in Documentary Film from Goddard College.