Develop new pedagogy and techniques for teaching filmmaking at your school in distance learning and hybrid models.

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Note: This class will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom Platform.
Class meets Saturday, Feb 24, 2024 from 12-5pm ET.

With the art and craft of filmmaking constantly evolving, and an increasing number of students looking to study film and video production, many schools are launching or improving upon film programs. This workshop is for film educators from college through middle school who are currently teaching or about to launch new courses.

We’ll discuss resources and techniques for teaching filmmaking, including curricula, lesson plans, project ideas, gear, software, and classroom or studio setup. We’ll look at best practices and lessons for teaching camera techniques, lighting, sound, editing, and other skills. We’ll look at new possibilities for student productions as better gear becomes less expensive. We’ll discuss budgets, recommend gear and online resources, and share ways to encourage and critique creative work.

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Instructor: Ben Stumpf

As a Boston-based documentary filmmaker and teacher, Ben loves to make films that raise awareness about social causes. He started in documentary with a short piece for WGBH about the pros and cons of competition, and worked with his students on another WGBH short about the effects of climate change on New England fishing.

He worked on the feature-length documentary Traces of the Trade, which opened the POV season in 2008. Since then he has produced awareness-raising short pieces on local currencies, immigration, climate action, and education. Ben has taught creative technology—filmmaking, graphic design, digital music, and game design—at Concord Academy for almost 20 years. He has a Masters in Documentary Film from Goddard College, worked as a Teaching Assistant in dozens of MMW’s film workshops, and taught MMW's Film & Video Teachers Workshop for almost 10 years.