For three summers, I taught documentary filmmaking and production with NW Documentary, a Portland-based documentary education and production center. By the end of these intensive two-week camps, high school students who had never before touched a camera have researched, scripted, shot, edited, and produced a 2-5 minute documentary introducing a complex scientific concept and interviewing a scientist pursuing that research.
As an Instructor, and then a Lead Instructor, my role was to teach the essentials of storytelling and flim production including developing a through line, basic and advanced interviewing skills, and editing for impact and clarity. Three of my students' projects have won NW Regional High School Emmy Awards of Excellence including: Connecting the Conservation Corps (2011, by Jacob S. & Colin E.), We Know Where We Come From (2011, by Brooke Reichert, Lindsey Nordin, and Caelan Hensley), and A Journey to the Center of the Lagoon (2012, by Mia Amid, Sara Branum, and Chris Curtis).
I have also taught Recording Resilience, a summer filmmaking program for teens who have recently suffered the tragic loss of a loved one. The program is offered through NW Documentary in partnership with The Dougy Center.
Documentary Explorers Camp, NW Doc
teaching, curriculum development, editing, film production
The Documentary Explorers Camps at Redwoods National and State Parks, Hancock Field Station, and Fort Clatsop, Astoria are programs of NW Documentary. These films were produced with a teaching staff that included myself, Ian McCluskey, Josh McHale, Mackenzie Reed, Sam Gaty, and Anne Armstrong. All films are property of NW Documentary.
TEACHING, FILM, CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT, INTERVIEWING, STORYTELLING