FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

The initial cost is $3,000 per teacher and includes:

  • Series of 8 one-hour live video interactive seminars.
  • One year use of the curriculum, hand-outs, video tutorials and recorded seminars.
  • Five hours of online support as teachers implement project in their classroom.

The cost for each subsequent year is $500 and includes:

  • One year use of the curriculum, hand-outs, video tutorials and recorded seminars.
  • Five hours of online support as teachers implement project in their classroom.

Additional customized online support is offered upon request.

You need access to a computer in a quiet environment with a good Internet connection with webcam and microphone. Headsets with microphone are recommended.

Session 1: Introduction

  • Curriculum: Citizen/Documentary filmmaker
  • Elements of a Documentary
  • Empathy

Session 2: Interviews

  • Different Types of Interviews
  • Basic Technical Know-How
  • Preparing for and Practicing Interviews

Session 3: Making Selects/Telling a Story

  • Making Selects
  • Paper Cut and Assembly
  • The Neuroscience of Storytelling

Session 4: Writing a Treatment

  • What is a Treatment
  • The Essential Questions
  • Visual Elements

Session 5: Storytelling and Democracy

  • The Heart of Democracy
  • Connecting to Your Own Story
  • Creating Community

Session 6: Editing

  • Using Transcripts
  • Three Act Structure
  • Editing Basics

Session 7: Tips and Tricks

  • Using Easy and Inexpensive Online Platforms
  • Use of Animation
  • Fair Use Doctrine

Session 8: Media Literacy and Conclusion

  • Analyze Political Commercials
  • Review Homework
  • Conclusion

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Use the Civic Life Curriculum in your class as an enquiry-based approach to teaching civics
  • Successfully guide your students through the process of creating a Civic Life short documentary film
  • Use media creation tools as part of your teaching

By the end of the course you will have created one short video featuring yourself and your teaching goals.

Ideally you will need a camcorder with an external microphone. Here is a package we recommend:

  • Camcorder: Panasonic HC-V770K Full HD Camcorder
  • Microphone: Saramonic Wireless 4-Channel VHF Lavalier Omnidirectional Microphone System
  • Tripod: Bescor TH-770 High Performance Tripod System
  • Lighting: Genaray LED-6200T 144 LED Variable-Color On-Camera Light

If you do not have access to the desired equipment you can use a recent Iphone, Ipad or equivalent with video recording capabilities. Of the inexpensive add-ons you can easily find online the most important is to have a good external microphone. We recommend the EIM-008 Unidirectional External Microphone.

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