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Local Teachers Hear from Professional Editors as Part of a Professional Development Workshop for the Moving Image Blueprint

May 2, 2011 - On April 5, a group of sixty NYC Department of Education educators gathered at Tribeca Cinemas to take part in a workshop focused on productive critique and post-production planning. These teachers, who are currently using the curriculum guide established by the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts: The Moving Image to teach their students about careers in film and television production, had the opportunity to learn from professional editors about their work.

Developed in collaboration between the DOE, Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and the Tribeca Film Institute, the Blueprint is an innovative guide that outlines clear expectations for the study of film, television, and animation from early elementary school through high school.

At the start of the professional development day, Emily Helfgot, the assistant director of content, education and research for Sesame Workshop, showed samples of content created by Sesame Workshop in different stages of the editing process, illustrating how changes are made in editing that help the educational process.

Members of the NY Post Alliance, an organization made up of various film and television post production facilities and labor unions operating in New York, and the Editors Guild were on hand to share their expertise with the educators, who were broken into groups based on the grade level that they teach. Marcelo Gandola, from Company 3 and the head of the NY Post Alliance, addressed the high school group and spoke about the role of the editor in a production. Eastern Executive Director of the Editors Guild Paul Moore presented to elementary group while editor Sabine Hoffman spoke to the middle school group.

“Interacting with these professional editors is extremely valuable for the teachers who attend these Blueprint workshops,” said Rebecca Rutherfurd, Director of Educational Initiatives for the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. “Now the teachers can go back to their classrooms and implement some of the tools and techniques they learned to help their students in their own projects.
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