Get A Grip/John Marshall High School
Images of Students or their Work (typical).
The end of the video included a conversation
with the production team on learning about
environmental consciousness.
John Holmes, Eagle Wing Production teacher, comments: "Having done several major projects like Get a Grip, I now know that each student can achieve excellence and that together the team will excel. Expectations are high from the get go and it is stated that "this year's class" will raise the bar another notch. Expect a lot and you get a lot. Having said that, the first time we did such a project (Time and Time Again) both the teacher and client (S.C. Johnson) were scared as heck. But as we progressed through the pre-production phase a comfort level quickly established. The project was brought in one week prior to deadline and under budget. The students performed admirably because they took ownership in a real-world project that was going to be used extensively. Their need to be taken seriously was tapped into and the expressive/creative parts of them were allowed to emerge. The technology became tools to extend their capabilities.

The students clearly understand that they can't settle for less than their best efforts. That might mean 27 takes of one shot before we move to the next. Soft focus, less than perfect exposure, slurred delivery of lines--none of this is acceptable. Learning to write and shoot for the edit is, perhaps, one of the trickiest aspects for students to learn. Shooting out of sequence and thinking in the abstract over time is also difficult to manage. But as the projects progress, the fog lifts. Also, keeping cool and being able to go to a Plan B when conditions that were anticipated on location alter is as essential as learning to park egos at the door."


Project Based Learning