“It’s a wrap!” Recent Adventures Filming Creative Educators

Since August, I’ve been working on an exciting film project at Adobe: a video series of brief videos profiling K12 and higher education educators. These educators are experts at inspiring student creativity and empowering students to unleash their passion and creativity in the classroom.

Adobe Education worked with Jamie Wright from Lekker Media on this project, which was a blessing because Jamie does great work and has a great crew behind him. The first video will be out shortly, but in the mean time, take a look at the behind the scenes photos from our 4 days of shooting!

Day 1: Bellarmine College Prep, San Jose, California

I was fortunate to interview three inspiring educators who are part of the Adobe Education Leader program. Jeff Larson teaches art and animation at Balboa High School in San Francisco, CA. Deila Caballero teaches media arts and video production at Presentation High School in San Jose, CA. You can watch her students’ weekly news broadcast, The Panther Report, hereNicole Dalesio teaches 4th grade in Pleasanton, CA and has a popular video tutorial series called “Photoshop for Kids”.

The Bellarmine campus is among the nicest I’ve seen. The Mac Lab was state-of-the-art, the art building fully-equipped and student work punctuated the hallways. As a swimmer, I was very envious of the pool, too.

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One of the art studio classrooms we used for interviews at Bellarmine.

Day 2:  School of Web Design and New Media at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California

I was fortunate to be interviewing two very creative educators: Gordon Silveria and Christy Hale for our second day of filming. Gordon Silveria is a professor at the Academy of Art. He is also a hero to elementary school teachers since he illustrated the perennial favorite The Greedy Triangle by super-star mathematics educator Marilyn Burns. Christy Hale is an author-illustrator, designer, art director, and art educator. On October 5, 2013, Christy was awarded the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for her book, Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building.

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Before and After: Getting the set ready early in the morning, but we were still smiling at the end of the day.

Days 3 and 4: B-Roll at the Academy of Art, Balboa High School, and Presentation High School

We got supplemental (or b-roll) footage at 3 of the educator’s schools. This was really fun since we got to see them and their students in action in their native habitat. Once I saw the footage we were getting for b-roll, I knew these videos were going to be good!

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Peggy, the steadi-cam wizard, getting some b-roll shots of Gordon on New Montgomery Street and student work in classrooms.

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Filming b-roll at Balboa High on a sunny day. One student in the hallway asked Peggy if she was a robot.

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Filming b-roll in Presentation High’s video studio just before the news broadcast.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to:

  • The talented and dedicated educators who were part of this project and their passionate, inspirational students
  • The school staff who gave us access to their schools, classrooms, and students
  • Jamie, Peggy, Ed, and the rest of the film crew who were a pleasure to work with in addition to being great at what they do
  • Nicole and the Adobe Studio team for their support
  • Sheri at Big Sky for help with the many dozens of release for this shoot.

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