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Ms. Smith from Jersey City NJ is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Light It Up!

My students need to create video and film projects for class, for their film club, and for submission to festivals and contests.

  • $526 goal

This project expired on May 23, 2018.

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My Students

We are a Title I school where the majority of our students receive free breakfast and lunch. Our school is located in one of the most diverse cities in the country and our students come from all different backgrounds; students in our school speak over 45 different languages at home. 100% of our students gain acceptance to college.

Our students come from loving families, but families who might not know how to navigate the road to higher education.

Teachers, coaches, and peers step in to support and enrich both academics and personal development. Our students are enthusiastic and hard-working and all of the classes offered in our school are either Honors or Advanced Placement classes.

My Project

Every student walks around with the ability to create a movie--using the phone in their pocket. McNair has a popular film study elective, and in the course, students learn the basics of cinematography. Lighting gear (soft boxes, barn door lights and reflective throws) is relatively inexpensive, yet makes an enormous difference in the technical experience of shooting (more accurate to what cinematographers do) and also creates a more polished and watchable product. A few years ago, a parent donated a very simple three-point lighting set of softboxes that I maintained for lending to whomever wished to use them. Those lights have been in constant use (and are starting to reach end of life) and have been used for live events, photography, and video projects. There is a demand to use the lights, we need to replace and enhance our gear.

Having a mix of lights allows students to experiment with color temperature, directional lighting, contrast, hard/soft pictorial lighting, and to recreate the look of images they see.

We may even have enough lights that students can set up a few backdrops and shoot out of sequence or do A unit and B unit, which would further increase their technical ability. Long story short, the lights create opportunities for experimentation and craft in student video projects.

Ms. Smith
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 500 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Neewer 2 Pieces Bi-color 660 LED Video Light and Stand Kit Includes:(2)3200-5600K CRI 96+ Dimmable Light with U Bracket and Barndoor and (2)75 inches Light Stand for Studio Photography, Video Shooting • Amazon Business $239.99 1 $239.99
Linco Lincostore Photo Video Studio Light Kit AM169 - Including 3 Color Backdrops (Black/Whtie/Green) Background Screen • Amazon Business $119.95 1 $119.95
5 in 1 Photo Video Reflectors 43 inch (110cm) Collapsible Multi-Disc Light Round Photography Reflector with Bag -Translucent, Silver, Gold, White and Black • Amazon Business $19.79 1 $19.79
Neewer 43-inch / 110cm 5-in-1 Collapsible Multi-Disc Light Reflector with Bag - Translucent, Silver, Gold, White and Black • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Limostudio Photo Video Photography Studio Reflector Disc Holder Clip for Light Stand, AGG1411 • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98

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