Traditionally, the critical learning outcomes in film production have been craft, professionalism, and artistry, as applied to large theatrical release features or broadcast. Today, the low cost and ease of new digital technology have allowed filmmakers to create their own small competitive film companies, and non-media groups to learn how to create their own in-house films. In 2009, I collaborated with Gateway Pet Guardians, a local non-profit group, and involved film production students in an immersive learning experience to produce a one-hour documentary film using both small consumer cameras and professional equipment. Together with group workers, we shot this “new media” film for both large theatrical release and online social media, while training the non-profit group workers to become media self-sufficient. I found that equipment, workflows, and worker roles continued to shift as students and workers both learned, and taught each other, how to create this new media film. I also found that this type of immersive, craft-based learning experience not only required artistry, but helped the film production students both expand their craft skills and broaden their professional skills into a more comprehensive “entrepreneurial” skill set.
|Keywords:||Immersive Learning, Collaborative Filmmaking, New Media, Changing Teachers and Teaching, Building Learning Communities|
Associate Professor and Program Facilitator, Film Production Program, Electronic and Photographic Media Department, School of Communications, Webster University, St. Louis, USA