Film and Documentary (5th – 8th)


Mondays, 3:15 – 4:45
April 9 – June 4
Grades: 5 – 8
8th Grade Classroom
$180, material fee $10

In this filmmaking class we will continue production of the two films that the students developed during the winter quarter. Consequently, priority enrollment will be given to returning students until [date – Wednesday March 14]. After that date it will be open to all 5-8th grade students.
Students will shoot on a variety of cameras, including professional High Definition video cameras, a DSLR camera, a vlogging camera, a drone, Go-Pro, and consumer cameras including flip cams, and ipods/cellphones. They will learn the basics of documentary genres, shooting techniques, and how to record good audio using professional equipment. Students will work all the positions of a small documentary crew (director, camera, sound, production assistant) on class assignments and a short documentary project of their own choice. We will critique raw footage they shoot each week, watch clips from classic documentaries, and footage they share. They will also learn how to import their clips into a computer, log their footage, add selected clips to a timeline, add music, and create titles. We will use a variety of documentary story-telling genres and conventions. The program will culminate in the premier screening of the videos they create.

Instructor: Nan Bress is a documentary filmmaker who has taught documentary/video production at the Hudson Valley Pathways Academy at Ulster BOCES, at High Meadow School, and video production classes for adults. Her video background includes PBS documentaries, independent films, corporate videos, and editing for television and news. She has also co-led art labs at the Walker Art Center and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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