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We've Made a Mini Production Company
When I arrived at the college wherein I teach, the production class curriculum involved students completing one short film at the end of the 16-week semester. With an array of iPod Touches and iMovie, I've upped that output. The class now writes, directs, and edits one short film PER WEEK! We'll have enough for a short film festival by the end of the term!
Many of these students have never made a film before. I go over production practices and work hands-on with them as they film and edit on their iPod Touches. I couldn't be prouder of their work and I remind them of what Steve Jobs championed regarding the democratization of technology. If the students can crank out multiple films in one term, imagine what they could do above and beyond - for their own projects and for the projects of others. Once they've proven to themselves that they can do it multiple times, I'm confident that they'll have the tools and expertise they need to go out, imagine, and create on their own. Not to mention, we have so much fun being on set each week. I went into film because I wanted to look forward to working, and it's my hope that thanks to this class and the equipment they're using, my students will feel the same way.
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