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Liz Schulze - The Cinematheque

Discipline: Film / Video
Homebase: Vancouver
Languages: English, French

The Cinematheque Education Department has completed hundreds of digital filmmaking projects with youth since 2000, developing visual storytelling, sound design and creative practices in program participants. In this time, we have undertaken a wide variety of short- and long-term residencies and video projects, bringing experienced filmmakers and artist educators into classrooms and communities to mentor youth in the process of creating video projects. Our emphasis is on quality rather than quantity; with our professional, mobile media lab and the support of our collaborative and positive team, you can create thoughtful, critical and meaningful short films with your students.


The Cinematheque offered us extensive project support, and we feel that their artistic expertise, leadership and pedagogy significantly impacted the projects in a positive way. Darren Mathison, Teacher, AR MacNeill Secondary
The Cinematheque didn't shy away from the challenge. They embraced it. And because of that, so did the youth. Hands down, a hidden gem. A highly refined resource I wouldn't hesitate to access again. Kerrie Watt, Prevention Consultant, Vancouver Coastal Health
I am naturally quite a shy person, but the challenge of working with others to produce a film in such a short time, while realizing they shared my love of film, has really helped me become more confident and comfortable in my own skin, and I'm so grateful to have had that opportunity! Maria Barr, Grade 12 Student, Robert McMath Secondary, Richmond

Project Examples

Public Service Announcements: Educational Videomaking in Action

Alfred Hitchcock was famously quoted as saying, "Drama is life with the dull parts cut out of it." And nowhere is this truer than in the Public Service Announcement, where in less than 60 seconds you can create an authentic world and communicate an important message - all while keeping your audience glued to the screen! Among our most popular programs, many teachers, community groups and municipalities have asked the Cinematheque's expert facilitators to guide small groups through screenwriting, filming, editing and sound designing their 60-second masterpieces. Contact us to design a program that will engage your entire class!

Fiction Filmmaking: Crafting Stories from Start to Finish

Crafting a short film is an exciting exercise in teamwork, creative collaboration and communication. Ideas are honed into a clear message and a story, nurtured into a script, translated into storyboard images and then brought to life in shots and performances captured on video. Careful editing and sound design complete a cohesive and compelling audio-visual story, and before you know it, your filmmaking process is complete. If you have a group you'd like to bring together for an amazing experience in storytelling and teambuilding, get in touch to see how we can custom-design a program for you.

Documentary Filmmaking: Inspired Real-Life Storytelling

From local portraits of homelessness to explorations of global environmental issues, documentaries share compelling stories, raise awareness and stir us to action. Frequently, our most challenging and rewarding programs are in documentary film production, where new filmmakers start with a raw concept or objective, and end with a short film they can be proud of. If you or your students would like to create a documentary about an event, an issue or your own initiative, feel free to get in touch to let us show you how we can custom-design a program to fulfill your goals.

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