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High School Traveling Film Festival 2022

I wanted to explore and develop an experimental film festival challenging students to collaborate with students from other schools. The Traveling Film Festival became a reality.

The concept of the festival challenges high school students to produce the start of a short film. The films are then sent to other schools where another filmmaker team completes the project.

Finally, schools view the results in a virtual film screening event.

This year was the first year I organized a filmfestival, and invited schools from across the country to participate. 10 schools from Massachsuetts and New Jersey competed in the festival, and introduced students to a variety of new filmmaking methods and techniques

Video Essay

This summative assessment challenges students’ understanding of broadcast journalism and the development of engaging non-fictional stories.

This project follows a month of scaffolded instruction that demonstrates the foundational elements of a video essay, interviewing techniques, sequencing photography, and video editing.

Short Film

This unit challenges students to develop a fictional character that engages in a fictional story.

This project is the final project for advanced media study students. The project incorporates prior screenwriting, cinematography, editing, and color grading units.

Digital Animated Portraits

This unit challenges students to express their emotions through developing a digital animated portrait using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Animate.

Digital Detox

Inspired by Quinnipiac’s Professor Ewe Callahan, this remote teaching unit challenges students to reflect on their social media usage, and develop a digital detox experiment.

An empty desk sits in a classroom in Fairhaven, High School, Fairhaven, Massachusetts.

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