I had a great deal of trepidation about my having a goal of producing a promotional/documentary film about Alice Waters’ acclaimed “The Edible Schoolyard” in Berkeley, with the hope of using it to create a similar organic garden for kids program in my newly adopted city of New Orleans. My being a middle aged, non-computer intelligent person; I knew that it would be in for a struggle. (I have a PC and have only sparingly used Microsoft XP.)
The five-week workshop offered by FilmSchoolSF promised that each student would produce a short documentary film. And even though all of the “tech stuff” was done with Apple hardware/software, which I had no prior knowledge of, I did manage to complete the course of study and make my very own documentary film. The other much younger students taking the digital training workshop did too, but their knowledge of the Mac and their “tech brains” made it much easier for them to grasp all of the new information, techniques and hardware. In my case, it took considerable effort for me to get it all together. And it required much patience from the workshop’s four hands-on instructors who covered various aspects of the curriculum. They were available to me for much special “elementary instruction” in using the Apple products, for which I am forever grateful.
I heartily thank the entire FilmSchoolSF team. I am now a filmmaker!
Robert Lee Grant
Digital Filmmaking Workshop, Summer ’06