The Filmmakers Boot Camp
In 12 interactive classes, MFC instructors immerse students in the creative process from concept to completed production. Students work together in production teams and are guided through a step‑by‑step journey to complete several 3-5 minute, narrative videos. By workshop end, students will take away not just new digital skills, but an understanding of narrative construction, a confident mindset that enables them to articulate their experiences and a foundation for a lifelong pattern of investigation, analysis, and creative association. Our curriculum meets California Educational Standards in English, history and media education. Program fees may apply but the MFC can customize workshops based on topic, budget and time concerns.
Silent Film Experience (3rd- 6th Grades)
Based on a Filmmakers Boot Camp model, The Silent Film Experience, is designed for grades 3 – 6 as an introductory course in 21st Century digital media storytelling that integrates the history of early cinema into the learning experience. Students in the class will create one silent film together by working in five production teams. Each team takes responsibility for a section of the movie along the story arc to film scenes that will comprise the entire film. Over 12 sessions, MFC instructors will immerse students in the creative process from concept to completed production. The production teams will learn about the history of early cinema as well as be instructed in the process of digital media filmmaking, the basics of storytelling, scriptwriting, narration, as well as learn how to incorporate photos, music and other digital media into their short film. The program will culminate with a short presentation that explains the early days of filmmaking and the premiere of the students’ silent films in an assembly program for the entire school.
Identity Project (7th- 8Th Grades)
Designed for grades 6 – 8 as an introductory course in 21st Century storytelling. The project highlights students’ life stories incorporating their families, friends and personal goals into the learning experience. MFC instructors guide students through the creation of video self-portraits based on poems and essays they will write in the workshop. Students can work individually, in pairs or small teams. Students will be instructed in the process of digital media filmmaking, the basics of storytelling, scriptwriting, filming, narration, as well as learn how to add photos and music as they edit their short film.
“At Issue Here” – Short Documentary/PSA (9th- 12th)
Designed for grades 9 -12, At Issue Here focuses on social justice themes, encouraging students to explore issues in their community. MFC instructors guide students in the process of digital media filmmaking: framing and composition, camera techniques and media literacy. Working in production teams, students research, develop a narrative script and storyboard based on their topic. Students then film and edit it into a short film.