Mark your calendars. I have a few speaking and workshop dates of note:
I'm scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the San Gabriel Valley CUE Tech Fair.
My first keynote invitation, I'll have something special for the presentation. If you are in the greater LA area, try to make it.
Saturday, May 2 Village@Indian Hill Conference Center
1460 E. Holt Avenue, Pomona, CA
If you are planning to attend NECC this summer in Washington DC, I'll be presenting a Lights, Camera, Learn! workshop as a pre-conference session with my friend, colleague and fellow Google Certified Teacher Ken Shelton.
Seats are still available for this 1-day intensive on June 27, 2009.
Also of note, this term I started teaching an intermediate filmmaking course online for Wilkes University in Pennsylvania. Wilkes' Professional and Graduate Studies program has partnered with Discovery Education to offer an MS degree in Instructional Media completely online! I and my Chicago colleague, Joe Brennan have been recruited to write and facilitate courses for this program. If you are looking for a good distance learning degree, I recommend checking out the Wilkes program.
I'm working with LA County's Education Office to set a date for a 1-day Lights, Camera, Learn! workshop in June. Stand by for more on that.
I have to give a shout-out on a new book, Twilight: Director's Notebook by Cathrine Hardwicke. This surprisingly entertaining and informative book bills itself as 'How we made the movie', and contains a nice breakdown of the adaptation and production process with photos, script drafts, design sketches and storyboards. It reads like a scrapbook and manga novel about making a vampire movie. It demystifies filmmaking for the young neo-goth pre-teen budding filmmaker in your life. I love stuff like this!