Film & Video Teachers Workshop

Develop new techniques for using film and video in the classroom.

The number of students looking for an education in film and video production is increasing dramatically, as is the number of schools offering these programs.  Thus the demand for qualified film and video teachers is growing.
 
This one-week course is for educators who aim to introduce film and video production in their schools, either as a new course or as part of an existing one, and want access to some of the latest thinking and equipment across a spectrum of school budgets.  (Experienced film and video teachers should refer to the Advanced Film & Video Teachers workshop.)  We'll explore the technology, methodology and practical aspects of student productions, curriculum and course content, exercises and projects, video and filmmaking techniques, and a wide variety of student work. We'll also discuss budgets, equipment, and classroom/lab setup. 
 
This is a hands-on course where we test-drive various camera systems, software, and production tools. We'll review textbooks, online resources and training videos, and practice critique methods as we screen work that each participant completes during the week.  Participants should expect to be working 8-10 hours a day and loving it - gaining energy and confidence in themselves as film and video teachers.
 
For those wishing for additional education, the Advanced Film & Video Teachers workshop is offered the following week.

Testimonials:

"I had the most memorable educational experience of my life!"
- Stephanie Chevalier, Dover-Foxcroft, ME

"This class is perfect for anyone who would like to start a filmmaking class at their school or improve upon a class they already teach."
- Mark Chevalier, Dover-Foxcroft, ME

Workshop sponsored by:Canon link

Instructors

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.