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Student Film Production in EUSD

Three female Mission Television students smile at their booth at an EUSD arts event at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido

Award–Winning Student Videos are now on YouTube!

For over a decade, EUSD teachers have been receiving specialized training in the use of digital video to support curriculum standards through our Project LIVE professional development program. By participating in this program, hundreds of classes have gained access to the necessary skills and equipment to produce award-winning student-made videos. Frank Maggi, lead facilitator of Project LIVE, has a mantra: “It is the process, not the product” —speaking to the educational value of the experience of student film production. However, the product has proven to be quite fantastic! EUSD’s historic wins across many student film festivals proves it:

  • iVIE (Innovative Video In Education) Awards— a county-wide film festival and awards show. Every year, EUSD has more student films nominated than any other participating school district. Our students usually win in more than one category and have brought home the coveted Grand Recognition Award on more than one occasion.
  • Escondido Youth Media Festival— We had so much talent, we had to create our own film festival! The annual festival and Oscars-style awards show celebrates student-created media in 3 categories: photography, film, and audio storytelling.
  • California Student Media Festival— our nation’s oldest student film festival. It celebrates the amazing media and multimedia projects produced by California’s students and teachers. The festival showcases what can be accomplished when talented students and dedicated teachers work together integrating media and multimedia into education.
  • Many more festivals and film contests—too many to list!

Project LIVE is an important part of how video production has evolved in EUSD, but video production is no longer limited to participants of the Apple Distinguished Program. Video production classes, like the highly celebrated Mission Television, are now offered at many of our elementary and middle schools.

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