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Mrs. Aguilar from Atwater CA is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Student-led project

Lights, Camera, Action!

Help us get a Canon T6 DSLR for Cinematography Experience with Industry Standard Equipment

  • $685 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

About My Students

We are the creative students on our campus. We produce students films and stage productions. Some of us are newbies in these career pathways, but some of us are in our 4th year (seniors) film and drama students who are going out and doing internships with local organizations. We have very few resources at our disposal. We do have, however, a passion, a drive, and a desire to learn on industry standard technical equipment so that we can be competitive in the workforce, next to students from more afluent schools.

Students develop their storytelling, production, directing, cinematography, and editing skills by creating short films for our site's annual Falcon Film Festival. In response to the students' increased skill level and drive, this year they will be entering local film festivals, including the Slickrock and Violet Film Festivals. By developing their organizational, planning, creative, communication, and cooperative skills, and building their technical skills (with your help!), I feel they can be very competitive in their endeavors towards these festivals and internships.

In Their Own Words

Mrs. A asks us to make at least 4 short films during each semester. We're learning to use professional editing equipment, but only have two video cameras. "Being able to use professional equipment makes us feel like real film students -- like pros. But we have to share the cameras with all the other students in class, which means waiting or ending up just using our phones." -- Oscar. "I want to be able to feel comfortable on the DSLR before I start my internship." -- Roberto.

When students are given the opportunity to check out equipment and form film crews outside the school day and my supervision, they are forced to collaborate, brainstorm, communicate their goals, problem-solve during their film shoots. "We went on location [out in the country] to shoot a short film demonstrating our knowledge of war movie genre conventions. It was cool to figure out how to use the camera and stabilizer to create our shots." -- Kevin. I want all my students to be able to experience this success. Since we only have two cameras, only two film crews at a time can apply their production skills.

We want students to have as much hands-on experience with equipment as possible before we send them out to their internships (which are part of the capstone class). During their internships, student film community events, such as Lights on Afterschool and Dinner with a Scientist for our local PBS station.

Mrs. Aguilar
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Canon T6 EOS Rebel DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II and EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens and SanDisk Memory Cards 16GB 2 Pack Plus Triple Battery Accessory Bundle • Amazon Business $499.00 1 $499.00

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