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The Student Integrated Arts Filmmaker Bootcamp initiative utilizes a “Hollywood” moviemaking structure to cultivate Multiple Intelligences skill sets, vocational & leadership skills and team building through completing media projects, supported by structured mentoring and collaboration with media professionals.
An earlier incarnation of the bootcamp was successfully implemented for Lima’s Unity/South Sci-Tech grade school in 2010 and 2011.
The initiative utilizes STEAM (framework for teaching across Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) principals targeted towards grades 6-12.
Additionally, students learn team-building, responsibility and vocational soft skills with workforce readiness and higher education, nurtured through artists-in-residence and structured mentoring by local educators and supporters.
The final integrated arts filmmaker media project(s) will be created by the students in collaboration with local media professionals. The theme and focus of the project(s) will be generated by community members, with the completed media project an integrated collaboration of ideas and styles primarily coming from the students.
Completed media projects utilize real world film maker organization and techniques, via a proven curriculum that guides both mentors and students through understanding the many jobs and responsibilities, project preparation, production and editing required to deliver content to broadcast standards. Students learn that they have the ability and responsibility to complete projects that will be recognized by peers, parents and community, through a true team effort.
With a “standing media militia” in place in, ideally overtime, every after-school program in the community, additional funding streams will be sought for new phases and programs. Mentors and students can integrate their new skills into the local calendar of events or student projects even outside the fine arts (for instance, showcasing programs that might teach students cooking or woodworking, vocational training or young entrepreneurial initiatives, i.e. Lima / Allen County’s YEA, etc.).
The ultimate goal is to create in the next generation an integrated media ensemble, a self-starting team that mentors the students that follow, able to capture additional content for any note-worthy endeavor,producing and completing video projects for the community well beyond the initial program.