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Watch for Mistakes and Then...

Posted by SHAWN MONTANO on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, In : Active 
My goal is to lecture as little as possible this year.  I want to give them just enough information to get out and experience learning.  Today they started their journey into using wireless microphones and capturing relevant natural sound. I walked around, observing as they shot video.  When I saw something I felt would improve them immediately I made a suggestion.

Here's a little video about today.

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They Collaborate Some, Then Collaborate Some More, Then Collaborate Some More

Posted by SHAWN MONTANO on Monday, October 3, 2016, In : Active 
l get my class into groups often.  I want them knowing each other as well as possible.  I want them collaborating as much as possible.  Today's class is Intro to Documentary Storytelling.  Of course we watch compelling documentaries.  Today, we watched several short-form documentaries.  In class we discussed the research, planning and approach they could use in producing their intro documentary.

After we watched several of these short-form documentaries I have them get together in teams and co...

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Start as a team, then work alone, then work as a team again.

Posted by SHAWN MONTANO on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, In : Active 

I ask my students to shoot silent movies for the first six weeks of our video production program.  This post is about their 3rd movie.  For this in-class project they need to focus on sequencing and match-action.  They must shoot 3-shot sequences and not break screen direction. They break into groups of 4 and collaborate on the shoot.
  • They start as a team

Once they're done they edit.  Each student edits a version of the movie.  We watch each edit as a class critique all elements.
  • They work indep...

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On the 1st day we Built Paper Airplanes

Posted by SHAWN MONTANO on Monday, August 22, 2016, In : Active 
Today was the 1st day of class.  I'm excited to have 12 future video professionals in my program.

I want to keep this year active, vital and vibrant.  I hope you'll enjoy my posts about my new educational quest.  A portion of today's lecture was how to build a paper airplane.  

Students followed my step-by-step instructions attempting to replicate the airplane I built before them.  After that I had them take another piece of paper and attempt a 2nd build.  This time I encouraged them to look up...
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