Teaching Philosophy

Everyone, student participants and instructors, are equals. No one person is or may act as if he/she is better than any other person. Everyone will be treated as such with the utmost respect. This means that everyone’s opinions will be heard and valued. Though questioning of ideas is welcomed and encouraged, it will not be done at the emotional expense of others. Empathy will be practiced daily when dealing with others. All privilege and entitlement will be checked and examined as a group. These can be achieved through many ways that will be defined as a group through the creation of a Community Agreement.

The class is a safe space, literally in the physical sense and the emotional sense, both in and out of the physical space of the classroom. Everyone will act in a way that ensures personal safety. This does not restrict the fun that will occur.

Collaboration amongst student participants is assumed as filmmaking is a collaborative art.

Instructors will ask questions, will challenge and not just spout out answers. Instructors will lead student participants to look into themselves for answers; help foster educational independence. Instructors will develop tools and skills to help student participants grow professionally while providing materials, opportunities and honest feedback. Instructors should act like mentors and will lead by example both in and out of the class and will continue to strengthen their filmmaking skills and knowledge to guarantee the best training.

Trust, honesty and an open heart and mind will be of great importance. Mistakes should be made and admitted to without emotional stress. Acceptance and commitment to self and others is expected. It should be considered and noted that the Factory is a opportunity, not an obligation and should be treated as such.


Places taught

Bay Area Video Coalition
Travis High School  (For the Austin Film Society)
Eastside Memorial High School (For the Austin Film Society)
Mendez Middle School (For the Austin Film Society)
Garcia Middle School (For the Austin Film Society)
Griffin School
University of Texas at Austin
Femme Film Texas