These courses embrace a blended learning environment with dimensions of communication, art, and technology. One of the major ideas I try and impress on students is media literacy. Media literacy is a repertoire of competences that enable students to analyze, evaluate, and create messages in a wide variety of media forms. I feel that teaching students through de-construction, elements and principles of design, various techniques advertisers and filmmaker’s use, helps promote this literacy. I also sequence lessons in a way that students can become comfortable and knowledgeable about all aspects of film before creating a short film. Through constant feedback, critiques and following rubrics, students will have the opportunity to investigate themselves and the world they live in by creating true pieces of artwork while learning technology. I’ve always felt these classes could be viewed as art classes with digital tools. I truly feel, that art does have a it’s place in various technology fields, and as a teacher I need to promote creativity and “thinking outside the box,” while providing students with the necessary structure to create quality products. Many students that take these classes learn how to work collaboratively, and learn 21st century skills and techniques to communicate with others.
During these courses, students are introduced the basics of video production utilizing a personal camcorder and video editing equipment. Students learn, basic equipment operation, video composition,Elements of design,basic lighting, audio production, visual storytelling and ethics associated with real world application. Students work in groups to create these video projects and utilize our post-production programs to edit and create content for the channel.
These classes are very much a project based courses and are meant for the autonomous learner. Throughout these course I will show you many of the fundamentals that you need to have to take your digital media and story telling skills to the next level. But there will be problem-solving, and success will depend on how well you can overcome these obstacles. All of the successful students I’ve had in this class have been very self-motivated and self-directed learners. If this is a career you want to pursue then you will need to find the motivation that will set you apart from the rest…Were in a great location with lots of resources right here in Connecticut. We have places like ESPN, Dream works studios and much more right in our backyard. Don’t expect to be an expert at first, sure lots of students know about movies but there’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes. And there’s literally hundreds of different jobs films employ. My Job is to expose you to some of the major aspects of film, and if you really like an aspect or role then you’ll be encouraged in the second semester to explore this more. Everyone in here is going to have strengths and weaknesses. This class takes a lot of creativity, technical skills, understanding of programs and gear along with pre-production aspects such as script-writing and story-boarding. It’s not an easy class for me to grade, so I’ve set up rubrics for units, due dates, and class critiques to help.
I want everyone to keep in mind critique is about encouraging, giving others suggestions, and viewing our films from different perspectives. Be open if your being critiqued, and if your giving critique be honest but also careful in how you deliver suggestions.