Develop new pedagogy and techniques for teaching filmmaking at your school

Jul 19, 2020 - Jul 25, 2020

Levels: Beginner, Intermediate,
Workshop Fee: $1150
Class Size: 14 (Max)

The art and craft of teaching filmmaking is constantly evolving as the medium and technology changes.  At the same time, the number of students looking for an education in film and video production is increasing dramatically, so many schools are stepping up their programs.  This workshop is for high school, college, middle school and gifted & talented educators, department chairs, and others who are teaching filmmaking or are about to launch new courses.

In the mornings we’ll share ideas and experiences as film teachers, including curricula, lesson plans, project ideas, gear, software, and classroom/lab setup.  We’ll share our best practices and 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 share ways to encourage and critique creative work and to manage our own education as teachers and artists.  We’ll discuss budgets, equipment, and classroom/lab setup, and review textbooks, online resources and training videos.

In the afternoons we’ll discuss and use a variety of video and DSLR camera systems and lenses, lighting and audio gear, pre- and post-production software, and other production tools.  Participants will form teams to make a short piece for the Friday night screening, to hone the skills we hope to pass on to our students, and to experience and refine an exercise we might assign to them.

In the evenings participants will have the option to attend lectures curated by the Workshops, to screen and discuss films, and edit their pieces for the Friday show.


“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

Image Credit: Amanda Piela,  Header Image:  Aidan Bliss

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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 produced and edited 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 helped with 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 activism, and he cut the trailers for the 2009 and 2010 Boston Jewish Film Festivals. Ben has taught high school creative technology (filmmaking, graphic and web design, animation and digital music) at Concord Academy for over 14 years.  He got his Masters in Documentary Film from Goddard College in 2009.