MFC has worked with over 60 Southern California school districts, charter schools, juvenile justice centers and community-based organizations, including County of Los Angeles Public Library, Green Dot Public Schools, Animo South LA High School, The City of Los Angeles Public Library, LA’s Best, The Geena Davis Institute for Gender in Media, LACOE Juvenile Court Schools at Pacific Lodge and Camp David Gonzales, Aviva Center, LAUSD, Los Angeles Leadership Academy High School, ICF View Park Prep High School, Marquez Charter School, Malibu Boys and Girls Club, Hollywood Heart, ECF Kayne Eras Center, College of the Canyons PAC K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program in Santa Clarita, Handshake Foundation and Share Your Voice Foundation in Whitefish, MT.
We are a California Media Arts CTE Program, a Community Arts Partner of the LAUSD Arts Education Branch and have received support from The Annenberg Foundation, NBC 4 LACommunity Fund, IATSE Local 600 Cinematographers Guild, The Flourish Foundation, The Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Foundation, CITI and Pepperdine University.
The Filmmakers Boot Camp (MFC Signature Program)
In 12 interactive classes, MFC instructors immerse students in the creative process from concept to completed production. Students work together in production teams and are guided through a step‑by‑step journey to complete several 3-5 minute, narrative videos. By workshop end, students will take away not just new digital skills, but an understanding of narrative construction, a confident mindset that enables them to articulate their experiences and a foundation for a lifelong pattern of investigation, analysis, and creative association. Our curriculum meets California Educational Standards in English, History and Media education. Program fees may apply but MFC will customize workshops based on topic, budget and time concerns.
Silent Film Experience (3rd-5th Grades)
Based on a Filmmakers Boot Camp model, The Silent Film Experience, is designed for grades 3 – 6 as an introductory course in 21st Century digital media storytelling that integrates the history of early cinema into the learning experience. Students in the class will create one silent film together by working in five production teams. Each team takes responsibility for a section of the movie along the story arc to film scenes that will comprise the entire film. Over 10 sessions, MFC instructors will immerse students in the creative process from concept to completed production. The production teams will learn about the history of early cinema as well as be instructed in the process of digital media filmmaking, the basics of storytelling, scriptwriting, narration, as well as learn how to incorporate photos, music and other digital media into their short film. The program will culminate with a short presentation that explains the early days of filmmaking and the premiere of the students’ silent films in an assembly program for the entire school.
The Curiosity Project (6th-12th Grades)
Short Documentary / PSA / Visual Poem
Designed as an introductory course in 21st Century storytelling. The Curiosity Project encourages students to explore their interests, personal goals and issues in their community into the learning experience while also incorporating lessons on digital literacy. Over six-weeks on the Mobile Film Classroom, students explore their interests, personal goals and issues in their community. MFC instructors guide students, as they work in small production teams, through the process of digital media filmmaking: framing and composition, camera techniques, sound recording, editing and media literacy. Students research, develop a non-narrative outline based on their topic. Students work in teams to write, shoot and edit their films. The project culminates with a public screening of the finished films.
Digital Media Storytelling for the 21st Century is a hands-on digital media professional development workshop designed for educators of all grade levels and subjects to demonstrate how digital technology may be incorporated into their classrooms. During the four-hour workshop in 21st century digital media storytelling, teachers are given instruction in the basics of digital media filmmaking: learning to script, film, interview, narrate, add photos and music to edit a short video. Participants gain confidence and discover ways to maximize the tools already available to them to incorporate digital technology into their curriculum. The training demonstrates how teachers can engage students in their own learning via arts integrated instruction by combining the technology students use daily into the learning experience. This creates a level of personal connection and added depth in the classroom through a creative inquiry-based process of teaching and learning.