This new online PD opportunity will teach basic video production skills as you learn to create your own short personal essay film using an original CFI Education curriculum designed for easy classroom implementation.
This workshop will help you master the basic skills of filmmaking and gain confidence to support your students in making films in your own classroom or educational space. You will be the first to take advantage of a new, self-paced, online course developed for our My Place | My Story digital storytelling workshop, with a CFI Education instructor facilitating and providing technical support in the story development, script writing, camera operation, and video editing skills necessary for making a personal essay film.
My Place | My Story (MPMS) is one of CFI Education’s flagship programs, a free five-day intensive workshop for high school students. Traditionally taught in-person, MPMS shifted to an online synchronous workshop during the pandemic, and has now been adapted into a fully self-paced asynchronous course, enabling any educator to incorporate personal essay filmmaking into their own curriculum. This PD workshop will familiarize you with the online course and provide the basic training and production experience for you to start using it with your students.
Session 1: 10:00 am – Wed, Jun 29, 2022
Session 2: 10:00 am – Wed, July 6, 2022
Session 3: 10:00 am – Wed, July 13, 2022 (asynchronous meeting/optional synchronous support)
Session 4: 10:00 am – Wed, July 20, 2022
Session 5: 10:00 am – Wed, July 27, 2022
This workshop is open to any 6-12 grade classroom teacher in California, as well as instructors/youth leaders who work with students in afterschool or extracurricular programs. Participants must be able to provide proof of employment as a teacher, enrollment in a CTC-approved credentialing program, or employment with a youth-centered organization (e.g., camp, nonprofit, community organization, etc.). Capacity is limited, so we encourage you to register early!
The workshop will be led by CFI Education’s Curriculum Developer Paul Igaz, a Bay Area educator, filmmaker, and musician who taught high school English Language Arts and Multimedia Production in the Alameda Unified School District.
- Participants will be able to use online course materials to create a short personal essay film exercising the following skills:
- Develop a concept, script, and shot list
- Use a camera phone or similar device to record video, adhering to principles of composition for cinematography
- Edit a three-minute video combining video footage, audio narration, and music
- Participants will be able to develop a lesson plan for their own class/education setting that uses the MPMS online course and materials
The workshop will take place over five (5) one-hour weekly Zoom sessions, with a combination of synchronous meetings and asynchronous online learning:
- Overview of program and Learning Management System (LMS)
- Watch example films
- Group activities for community building and concept brainstorming
- Overview of LMS tools for story development, script writing, and crafting symbolic imagery
- Complete script writing and shot list activities
SESSION 3 / Asynchronous Activities
- Record video footage and watch editing tutorials in LMS
- Participants may opt to attend an optional synchronous session for additional editing or camera support
- Screening and critique of rough cuts of your film
- Instructor support in editing and technical skills
- Screen final cuts
- Complete a program evaluation
Note: Final meeting dates/times subject to change based on availability of participants, as determined through a Doodle poll after registration.
Participants who complete all 5 sessions will receive a $150 stipend plus a complementary 6-pack of tickets (for use online and/or in-theater) to the 45th Mill Valley Film Festival (October 6-16, 2022).