Develop new techniques for using film and video in the classroom.

Film and digital filmmaking technology is evolving constantly. The number of students looking for an education in film and video production is increasing dramatically, as is the number of schools offering these programs.  Thus the demand for qualified film and video teachers is growing. This workshop is for high school and college educators, department chairs, and others who are presently teaching film and digital filmmaking.

Much of what is covered in this workshop comes from the participants themselves as we share our experiences as film teachers; including curricula, lesson plans, project ideas, gear, software, and classroom/lab setup. We'll share our best 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 discuss and use a variety of video and DSLR cameras, lenses, microphones, light kits, and pre/post-production software.  We'll share ways to encourage and critique creative work, manage our own education as teachers and artists, and refine the skills we hope to pass on to our students.  We'll also discuss budgets, equipment, and classroom/lab setup.

This is a hands-on course where we test-drive various camera systems, software, and production tools. We'll review textbooks, online resources and training videos, and practice critique methods as we screen work that each participant completes during the week. Participants will make a short piece for the Friday night screening, so they can experience and refine an exercise they might assign to their own students.

The platform for the class is the Macintosh, using Final Cut Pro X and/or Adobe Creative Suite.


"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


Ben Stumpf

As a Boston-based documentary filmmaker and editor, Ben loves to make films that raise awareness about social causes. He produced and edited a documentary for WGBH about the pros and cons of competition, and worked with his students on another WGBH short about global warming's effects on New England fishing. He worked on 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 change, and cut the trailers for the 2009 and 2010 Boston Jewish Film Festivals.
Ben has taught creative technology (filmmaking, graphic and web design, animation, digital music) to high school students for over 10 years.  He has been a student or teaching assistant in most of MMW's film workshops, and has taught the Film & Video Teachers Workshops for the past few years.  He holds a Masters in Documentary Film from Goddard College.


Course Dates

Jul 31 to Aug 6




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