Since we started working with the Hayward, we have provided a number of different types of workshops that can be specially designed to fit the national curriculum, or any themes and subjects studied at your school or college. Our facilitators are fully DBS checked and able to visit your school; we can either bring our own filmmaking kits with us or work with the school media equipment. Our working methods are very flexible so that our workshops fit in easily with school timetables. We also have considerable experience working with young people with behavioural difficulties and SEN and can offer nationally recognised accreditations that boost young people’s CVs.
Chocolate Films workshops are a brilliant way to infuse media and creativity into learning programmes at primary schools. We have experience designing workshops for children from Key Stages 1 & 2 that are simple, fun, hands-on and craft based. We train with easy to use cameras and editing software so that children can engage in all aspects of the filmmaking process. Our popular workshops include short tasters and script to screen workshops. We currently run a large scale national curriculum focused programme How To Succeed At School in Lambeth which offers KS2 pupils the opportunity to improve maths and literacy skills through filmmaking.
Chocolate Films workshops are perfect for secondary schools to enhance students’ film and media literacy. Our workshops tie into several subjects, especially Computer Science, English, Citizenship, History, Media, Drama, and Art. Drama students respond well to Script to Screen workshops. We enable them to develop creative writing and performance skills for screen. Art students enjoy our animation workshops which inspire them to use their drawing, model making and craft skills in a different way. Our workshops provide an excellent addition to Media Studies building up awareness and understanding of film genre, criticism and constructs as well as developing professional skills on the latest digital equipment. Popular workshops include Animation Taster Day, Script to Screen, and 1000 Londoners Documentary workshops. We can offer pupils accreditation opportunities relevant to their level such as Arts Award, AQA and ASDAN.
Colleges and Universities
Our workshops are an excellent springboard for students to develop their skills for future training, education and employment. We work with colleges to create ‘live briefs’ that simulate the world of work and tie in with the curriculum. This works well to enhance and support BTEC and A-Level courses. Popular workshops at this level include 1000 Londoners, Script to Screen and Online Media workshops.
We offer Taster days in advanced equipment such as Canon C100 & Canon 5D cameras and Final Cut Pro X editing software for young people who are serious about pursuing a career in film, media or journalism. We offer an number of accreditations depending on their level including: Arts Award, AQA and ASDAN.
Continuing Professional Development
Chocolate Films has extensive experience training teachers to enable them to incorporate filmmaking and new media into their teaching.
Often schools and colleges choose to run a workshop session for teachers or coincide CPD with after school film clubs. Chocolate Films runs tailored lesson planning for teachers in ideas development, storyboarding, and camera and editing skills.
For example when Little Ilford Primary School teachers wanted to be able to have filmmaking as an addition to their after school film club, Chocolate Films facilitated workshops after school for one hour every other week training teachers and pupils simultaneously.