Pennington Education uses minimal resource film and video production to promote media literacy. Please contact us for curriculum development and possible workshop and consulting opportunity. The workshops have been conducted in Boston, Charlestown and Hingham (MA), as well as in Oakland, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Daly City (CA) since the spring of 2010.
Pennington Education and the San Francisco Film Society Filmmaker in the Classroom Program at Argonne Elementary
A promo about SFFS’ Filmmaker in the Classroom program, conducted at Argonne Elementary with filmmaker Myles David Jewell, 4th/5th grade teacher Kathy Angus, and intern Kerry Bitner, this video focuses on the goals of the program and the benefits this type of workshop brings to a classroom and curriculum.
San Francisco Film Society and Pennington Education Presents: Filmmaker in the Classroom @ Argonne Elementary “Behind the Scenes”
A behind the scenes look at SFFS’ Filmmaker in the Classroom program. Conducted at Argonne Elementary with filmmaker Myles David Jewell, here is an insiders look at what the students learned and how they feel about the program.
A CALL FOR CAMERAS
Aiming to recruit old cameras to use for the workshops, here is a short video to help the cause.
ONE DAY WORKSHOP
A look inside a one day workshop at Barack Obama Academy in Oakland CA, spring 2010. This sample lesson utilizes the five shot exercise.
CLLC BULLYING SERIES
At an after school workshop in Charlestown, MA, the group of students made a whole bunch of short videos that were strung together to help promote and create awareness about the anti-bullying campaign that has recently been launched.
BARACK OBAMA ACADEMY
Located in East Oakland, this year long workshop focused around transforming written essays about what it means to be 13 years old into digital storytelling. Producing short videos, the 8th grade girls at Barack Obama Academy each picked one theme from their essay and made short videos about fashion, music, and family.
This video showcases four lessons as a potential curriculum for a workshop.
STOP MOTION EXERCISE TO LEARN ANIMATION PART 1
This video shows a real time execution of an animation from the point of view of the camera. With a camera on a tripod pointing straight down at a table, paper cut outs are used to exemplify the process. The first take is the animation with the camera all the way zoomed out to emphasize framing (the viewer can see outside the paper and see the table). Half way through the video, the camera re-frames and frames out all the extraneous material. This visually shows the importance of framing to create movie magic. The viewer can see the cameraperson’s hands move the man on the bicycle through the frame. As a teaching point, give the description that shows how to move the character, take a picture, make a move, take a picture, etc, etc.
STOP MOTION EXERCISE TO LEARN ANIMATION PART 2
As a second part, this video shows what the actual animation will look like. This shows the students the fruits of their labor and should be pitched as movie magic. There has been outright yelling and screaming from students before because they were so excited, almost as if the train was coming thru the screen.
STORYBOARD AND NARRATION
As a building block to create excitement for the students, here is an example of how to get your students to see the fruits of their labor. The process is simple; once a storyboard is completed, take still pictures of each drawn frame and assemble with minimal voice over written by students.
These picturecises are an easy jumping off point. As an opening exercise, use the example of a guest speaker coming to the class. Take five pictures to compose an image sentence, introducing the place and the characters. Compose these shots using a full shot, medium shot, close-up, and then reverse shot, and another reverse shot. Assemble the pictures during class with a few extras, and show how if put in different order, the pictures will tell different stories.
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LOS ANGELES PICTURECISE
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Here is some examples of student work that has been produced as part of the Pennington Education Media Literacy Workshops.
CHARLESTOWN LACROSSE AND LEARNING CENTER
In the spring of 2011, Pennington Education ran a sixth workshop at the Charlestown Lacrosse and Learning Center in Charlestown, MA. With a few sessions beginning as early as January 2011, a few video ideas were tossed around with the students. With an increasing interest in making a horror film, the students produced this little ditty as a final project.
BAYSHORE STORYBOARD PROJECTS
Working with a group of fourth graders in Daly City, CA, this project shows the initial storyboards of the students.
BAYSHORE ELEMENTARY FOURTH GRADERS
This is the final project for the Bayshore Elementary fourth graders. Focusing on the changes the students wanted to see happen to their school, groups of three to five students each picked a theme, and made a short vignette that is assembled in this final piece. Special thanks to the San Francisco Film Society.
HYDE PARK ELEMENTARY/Y.E.S. ACADEMY FIFTH GRADERS
Working with in the established curriculum, this final project by YES Academy fifth graders was integrated into the schools M.E.L.D. program. Focusing on the cross-cultural experience, the students made short animations where they visit another culture and ask a question as well as make a statement integrating something they learned about this particular culture.
BARACK OBAMA ACADEMY EIGHTH GRADERS
Located in East Oakland, this year long workshop focused around written essays about what it means to be 13. Producing short videos, the 8th grade girls at Barack Obama Academy each picked one theme from their essay and made short videos about fashion, music, and family.
MEET THE WORMS
Working with the Blackstone School in Boston’s South End, Chef Barbara Lynch is piloting a program called “Meet the Worms,” in hopes of creating an edible schoolyard. Pennington Education is teaming up with the program and working with the students to create short videos about their experience with food.
SAN FRANCISCO FILM SOCIETY AND ARGONNE ELEMENTARY
For the second year in a row, the San Francisco Film Society generously places filmmakers in different classrooms around San Francisco. The group of third and fourth graders at Argonne Elementary are right outside Golden Gate Park. This workshop will be focusing on different fictional stories written by the students about their school.
E3, SAN RAFAEL AND SAN PABLO CALIFORNIA
Working with students in an after school program in San Rafael and San Pablo, these workshops are focused on helping the students produce autobiographical films that show a day in the life to an outsider.
As a goal, Pennington Education hopes to open source all curriculums, exercises, and different lesson plans/exercises to integrate Media Literacy into any established lesson plan. We eventually want to look into finding open source software and developers to help launch a larger campaign that is accessible to all demographics.
Please contact for our consulting services. Working with non-profits, community outreach, workshop and curriculum development, the potential of integrating media literacy into any program or institution is endless and infinitely beneficial. Just visit our promo section or check out some of the student work to see firsthand.