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Their Journey into Writing Begins with Schoolhouse Rock

Posted by SHAWN MONTANO on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, In : Vital 

I'm creating visual storytellers.  They learn to shoot.  They learn to edit.  Today, they began their writing career.  Just so we are all on the same page, I wanna make sure everyone understands basic sentence structure.  Subject, predicate, nouns, verbs are basic tools in writing.  Adverbs add spice to sentences. Adverbs are more enjoyable after learning about them from Schoolhouse Rock.




That's right.  I play 'Lolly Lolly Lolly Get Your Adverbs Here,' in my class.  After that, we do some si...
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The Interview Process and Employment Strategies

Posted by SHAWN MONTANO on Monday, December 19, 2016, In : Vital 


Why are my students looking so dapper on this day? They've just been through the interview process. My student in the Video Production & Editing Program at Emily Griffith stop producing video for a week.  During this non-production week, they focus on employment strategies. These students are learning vital skills now even though they don't graduate for 7 months. Why?
  • They'll be better prepared for internship opportunities since they have a cover letter and resume ready
  • They'll have the next 7 ...

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Bringing In Former Students as Presenter

Posted by SHAWN MONTANO on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, In : Vital 


Do you call on former students as guest presenters? I do.
Do you ask your best and brightest to come
back and share their insight?  I do.  
Do you ask those student that didn't listen, didn't pay attention, didn't perform up to expectations to present? I do.


Anthony Lujan graduated from the Video Production & Editing Program two years ago. This is a profile video his fellow students produced about him in the program.



Anthony is a bright individual.  He simply didn't give it his all while he ...
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Their Journey, just 12 Weeks Old

Posted by SHAWN MONTANO on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, In : Vital 
My students are on a journey, I'm simply a guide. We are 12 weeks into the Video Production & Editing Program at Emily Griffith Technical College. The 1st video project student produce is a silent movie. They complete this project after the 6th week. I don't want them worried about gathering sound.  During this 1st project they focus on;

  1. Telling a simple story with a conflict
  2. Aperture, white balance & focus techniques with the camera
  3. Shooting 3-shot sequences with variety (wide, medium & tight)
  4. E...

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Get Them Out of the Building and to a Career Day Early

Posted by SHAWN MONTANO on Wednesday, October 12, 2016, In : Vital 
I want my students networking.  I want them learning outside the classroom.  At the NATAS Career Fair they got a chance to both of those vital elements.  I think it's important for them to hear what I say repeated by industry professionals.  It's intriguing that once they here it from them, then they realize what I'm saying is valuable.

Some may wait until students are near the end of their students lives to participate in a career day.  I say get them there as soon as possible.  I push them, ...
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Let Them Fail

Posted by SHAWN MONTANO on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, In : Vital 
In our 2nd Video Production class (that's the one they shoot in) I introduced some manual setting on the camera.  I didn't go into very much detail.


I simply said the low F numbers (F-stops) allow a lot of light into the camera and the high F number allow less like into the camera.  They learned about the zoom and that's about it.



They had to come up with another idea for a silent movie with these parameters;
  • All shots must maintain screen direction (for the entire movie)
  • There must be a beginni...

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The About You Flyer

Posted by SHAWN MONTANO on Monday, August 29, 2016, In : Vital 
In the beginning I teach an Introduction to Computer Technology class.  It's a 1 credit course.  This class gives students an overview of the MAC and the operating system.  It's vital for their success to understand how to maneuver on a MAC.


I have have a basic lecture in Microsoft Word in this class.   We will use Microsoft Word throughout the program so it's vital they have a basic understanding.  This prepares them for a project.  The 1st project students produce is an about you flyer.  I w...

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Day 2 They Shoot. Day 3 They Edit

Posted by SHAWN MONTANO on Wednesday, August 24, 2016, In : Vital 
The 2nd day of my program, which is the 1st day of the video production class students shoot a short film.  I spend less than an hour discussing camera basics.  For this exercise and only this exercise I have the students shooting in full-auto mode.

I don't need to give them too much theory.  They should get out there shooting and having fun and excited for the video program from the start.

I want a story about a student running late for class. Students should shoot about 15-20 shots.  I want ...

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We Begin with Honors

Posted by SHAWN MONTANO on Monday, July 18, 2016, In : Vital 

As you can see by the picture I have won several Emmys.

On Saturday July 16th I won my 1st National Academy of Arts & Sciences Student Achievement Awards.

My student, Tanya Kisakova produced a documentary for the non-profit Sense of Security




Tanya and I were on-hand Saturday to receive our awards.  I'm so proud of Tanya and all her accomplishments.

Tanya and I were beaming with happiness all evening.  My wife congratulated me and said, "You know, this award you should be most proud of."  I ask...
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