Reel Teens Media Project is designed to introduce filmmaking courses using video into high schools, middle schools, clubs and organizations. Our staff of filmmakers and media-arts educators
many with over 20 years experience will assist you in establishing a
course tailor made for you.
offering a course such as this you are establishing a vehicle of
self expression for a teen that never existed before. When they create
a video they are looking at the world around them in a unique way.
It's very different then studying for an exam. You are enabling them
to exercise their imagination, intellect and creativity through the
electronic media. Because filmmaking is a group endeavor they not
only master technical skills, but develop social skills such as teamwork
and cooperation as well. What teens are able expresses on video they
can never verbalize to an adult or guardian. It is an eye opening experience getting to look inside a teen's head by watching what they have
courses need to be offered to 8th or 9th grade students to start. They learn the basics and start the creative process making a lot
of mistakes along the way. Some will drop out. The ones that stay progress though high school honing their skills and perfecting their craft.
As younger kids start the course the older ones help them along. It
is a true open classroom. By the time they are juniors and seniors they
are creating works that are complex, clear-headed, concerned, often political, and quite stunning. Soon you will have to limit the number
of students opting to join the course. There just won't be enough room
A video camera, a computerized editing system, and a person to guide those students interested is all that is needed to begin. The costs
are minimal for the equipment. The rewards are great. It's no wonderNewsweek Magazine is calling these kids the "Spielberg Generation." As the program develops, it can be introduced as an enrichment program in other classrooms where it can add a whole new dimension to any
course of study.
If you are interested in starting a filmmaking program using video
in your school, club or organization, please contact us. We will be
more then happy to help you get started and assist you along the way.
have found that a lot of kids who have difficulty communicating
in the traditional sense are more articulate when given the tool of visualization. When words fail them literally, the image speaks
Ken Robinson - Vassar College