TORONTO ECO-FILM LAB

brought to you in partnership with

TD Friends of the Environment

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ATTEND any or all of 5 professional development filmmaking workshops from January through to April

CREATE a short film with your class or Eco Club

SUBMIT the film for consideration to the Student Film Festival by May 4

The environmental filmmaking workshops for TDSB elementary teachers are back! This FREE series is offered to educators to develop media literacy skills necessary to use filmmaking as a teaching tool.

All TDSB K-8 classes can submit their student-made environmental films (under 4 minutes) for consideration to the Student Film Festival that will take place at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema on June 7, 2018. Details on the submission process and the Student Film Festival are available here.

Teachers, students and parents are invited to the red-carpet gala screening of the jury selected films. Take a look at the 2016 Student Film Festival blog for more details about the final event.

Applications will soon be open for our 2018 program.

 


 

2018 WORKSHOPS

This series of workshops is designed to take you through filmmaking techniques and the tools and equipment for shooting, recording sound and editing. For the purposes of teaching in the classroom, we will work with the iPad as a complete system for shooting and editing. Online resources for preparation will be provided in advance to educators to maximize the time and experience of the workshops. Sessions are scheduled to follow the filmmaking process as you go along.

  • Pre-registration is required for TDSB Educators. (open to educators from other boards if space available. Contact schools@planetinfocus.org)
  • Located at Toronto Urban Studies Centre at Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute (800 Greenwood Avenue, Toronto).
  • Participating teachers may be eligible for a 2-hour in-class workshop with a professional filmmaker to work directly with the students (pending funding confirmation).

 

Session 1: Storytelling Through Film/Production Elements

  • Thursday, January 18, 2018, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Instructor: Jordana Aarons, Film & Television Producer / Executive Director of Planet in Focus

This important introductory session focuses on the many ways to tell a story with both traditional and creative approaches. We will examine 3-act structure, genre, theme, interpretive story telling and the use of metaphor. The class will explore the different stages of filmmaking – Development (research & scriptwriting), Prep (storyboarding, assigning roles testing equipment, setting up production elements and interviews), Production (the shoot) and Post Production (picture & sound edit). We will also learn the many roles of the process so that students can participate in areas of the process that will most successfully engage them and cover copyright & release requirements.

Session 2: Cinematography & Sound Basics

  • Thursday, February 1, 2018, 4:30-6:00 pm
  • Instructor: James Buffin, Filmmaker

A picture is worth a thousand words. This session will provide an overview of the filming process from both creative and technical perspectives, and covering ways to manage & organize footage for editing. Using the iPad as the basis, we will cover the equipment and techniques necessary for shooting picture and recording the best possible sound. This will be a hands-on workshop with a strong focus on good cinematography practice exploring techniques for framing, camera movement, lighting and how best to cover a scene or interview and telling the story through the camera.

Equipment: Educators will need to bring an iPad with iMovie downloaded.

Session 3: Animation

  • Thursday, March 8, 2018, 4:30-6:00 pm
  • Instructor: Kathy Shultz, Filmmaker / Animator

Many students enjoy using stop-motion animation for either the entire or even a small element of the film. The process is not as complicated as it may seem and is easily used in the classroom. Learn hand-on techniques and work with the tools necessary to create and film animations taught by experts working in both the professional world and in the classroom.

Equipment: Educators will need to bring an iPad with iMovie downloaded.

Session 4: Intro to Editing/Storytelling Choices Through Editing

  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 4:30-6:00 pm
  • Instructor: James Buffin, Filmmaker

It is said that a film can be either saved or broken in the editing room. In this session we learn from a professional filmmaker how to best express the story through the editing process as well as the kind of footage you will need in hand to be able to shape and express the through-line. We will also explore music choices and how they affect the style and tone of the film.

Session 5: Advanced Editing/Technical Elements of Editing & Sound

  • Thursday, April 5, 2018, 4:30-6:00 pm
  • Instructor: TBD

This session will focus on the technical elements of editing using iMovie for the iPad – creating a timeline, clipping and rearranging shots, importing and exporting files, adding textual elements and credits. We will also discuss adding the elements of sound effects and music score through recording or accessing royalty free music.

Equipment: Educators will need to bring an iPad with iMovie downloaded.

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2018 RELEASE FORMS

 

2018 Student Media Release Form – Toronto

*This form is to be collected and retained by the participating school. It does not need to be submitted in digital or hard copy to Planet in Focus or EcoSchools.

2018 Adult Media Release Form – Toronto

*This form is to be collected and retained by the participating school. It does not need to be submitted in digital or hard copy to Planet in Focus or EcoSchools.

2018 Project Media Release Form – Toronto

*Please scan (or take a picture of) this form and send a copy to schools@planetinfocus.org.

 


 2017 Eco-Film Lab Playlist

Click on the top left of the video to view the full playlist. Check out our YouTube channel for more!

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