I had the pleasure of working with Jon during May and June 2010 working with 10 Year 9 students from Beverley Grammar School to deliver an after school Eco Film Making Club. The club was funded through Awards for All.
The students worked together to research, storyboard, script, understand Film making techniques including chroma keying and animoto, directing, acting and editing 2 short films.
The subject topics of the films were on an Eco theme about Deforestation and Thermal Expansion. Jon worked hard with the students to help them develop the themes and concepts for the films, develop their own scripts, find footage to include in the films, perform in the films, take it in turns to use the camera and direct and edit the films. Working within the short timescales of the project Jon was focused yet patient with the students, giving them purpose and motivation to create some excellent finished films. The students were all really pleased with the end films, which were very professional and had great impact.
The films were shown during the Eco fair at the School which was held on Thursday 1st July.
Student evaluation forms all showed that the students thought the club was really good and enjoyed working with Jon and learning about chroma keying [green screen], video cameras, editing, animoto, scriptwriting and watching the final film.
All the students/community groups who watched the Films said the films were really interesting, made a big impact and helped them to understand more about the environment.
Jon has a wealth of experience in this field and is very skilled at working with young people and passing on his knowledge.
I look forward to working with Jon again on a Pop-stars Film making club.
Extended Services Co-ordinator
Beverley Cluster of Schools