We offer various professional development opportunities, both in person in a group setting, or online (coming late 2017)
The Language of Film Making
This professional development course has an emphasis on filming making for creative effect, showing how lighting, sound design, shot selection, pace, and music can influence viewers’ emotions and feelings about a film. We look at genre, the language and literacy of film from a critical point of view and how students can apply these techniques in their own film making.
This workshop covers film making and animation technology and how to use it in the classroom. We explore the different options for capturing video, including cameras and mobile devices, recording sound, using music (including using royalty free music libraries and licences), adding images and using stock libraries, working with natural and artificial light sources and video editing software and apps appropriate to your students’ grade level and proficiency.
Video and Editing Techniques for Teachers
This PD covers video making and editing techniques with a focus on making your own videos of your students, for example for blog posts, YouTube, social media and Facebook Live. The workshop covers getting the best video in different lighting conditions, recording sound, working with natural and ambient light, editing it together with titles and music (including using royalty free music libraries and licences). To get the most out of this course, we can tailor it to suit the video editing software you are currently using school-wide.
Stop Motion Animation
This PD can be delivered as a hands-on workshop or whole school presentation to teach animation techniques using clay, paper cut outs, objects or pixilation (live action animation). This can be tailored to fit in with various curriculum areas, including Visual Arts, Media Arts and Digital Technology as well as to support traditional core subjects such as Literacy, Numeracy, Humanities and Science. This can be adapted to incorporate the technologies available in your school, including iPad, cameras, laptops or PCs, and combined with Green Screen/Special Effects if required.
Social Media for Schools
Social media is becoming an increasingly popular way to keep in touch with parents and the community, as well as promoting your school. This PD course will cover the major social media channels such as Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter, and how they can be used effectively, including how to set controls over privacy.
Using Video in the Wider Curriculum
Video and animation are cross curricular, and can be incorporated into projects throughout the syllabus, in subjects such as English, literacy, mathematics, science, the arts, drama and humanities. This PD course will show you how to incorporate these seamlessly into your lessons and teach a multimedia, multidisciplinary approach to learning.
Photography for Teachers
This course covers basic photographic DSLR techniques, including working with light, manual controls, lenses, compositions and framing techniques.
We can also tailor a PD to your needs. Contact us for more details.
Some of the subjects we cover include the following:
- Scripts, storyboards, shotlists and schedules
- Character and story development
- Props and set design
- Location scouting
- Video technology
- Manual controls, focus, exposure and white balance
- Recording sound
- Working with light
- Composition, framing and camera angles
- Camera movement and motivation
- Pace and story
- Continuity, jump cuts and 180 degree rule/crossing the line
- Narrative and montage
- Shoot to edit
- Video Editing Techniques
- Logging footage
- Software and apps
- Sound editing and design
- Syncing audio
- Titles, banners and captions
- Cutting to music and pace
- Video hosting
- Crew and production roles
- Role allocation
- Working together on a production
- Who’s who in film and TV