The Civic Media Project (under construction)

The Civic Media Project (CMP) provides free technical tutorials, lesson plans, and curated resources for teaching socially engaged documentary filmmaking to high school-aged students.  Our mission is to promote the use of recorded sound and video to tell local stories, amplify community voices, and encourage civic participation through media practice. Drew University students designed all lesson plans, tutorials, and classroom exercises on this site.

CMP was launched in 2022 by Professor Jeremy Blatter as part of Civic Media (MCOM305)–a community-based learning course at Drew University–and in partnership with CinemaEd, a 501(c)3 non-profit, and Orange High School in East Orange, NJ.

Technical Tutorials

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Step 1: Watch your film and create an audio description script

While watching your film make detailed notes....

Carefully describe the actions of the characters without interrupting any of the dialogue or flow of the film. Make sure to emphasize who you are speaking about and what their actions, surroundings, and attitudes are. Be creative with your descriptions.

Lesson Plans/Workshop Designs

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Step 1: Watch your film and create an audio description script

While watching your film make detailed notes....

Carefully describe the actions of the characters without interrupting any of the dialogue or flow of the film. Make sure to emphasize who you are speaking about and what their actions, surroundings, and attitudes are. Be creative with your descriptions.

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Planning Interviews (under construction) [Workshop A]

This workshop focuses on planning and practicing interview questions including how to phrase questions and elicit meaningful responses from subjects. 

Learning Objectives
Directions
Interview Style (under construction) [Workshop B]
student A
student B
student C
student D

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The Importance of B-roll in Documentary (under construction)

This workshop will introduce the basics of B-roll emphasizing both the technical aspects of shooting B-roll and understanding the importance of B-roll in making your own documentary.

Learning Objectives
Activity Directions
Step 1

Introduce ourselves to the class, touch on the school we go to and what majors we are taking. This will hopefully spark some conversation and questions with the students about the upcoming assignment. 

References
Creative Commons License
Except where otherwise noted, DUPA by Jeremy Blatter is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.