Teaching Artist, Sean O’Connor is helping students push boundaries and explore filmmaking using iPad technology. As he mentors young filmmakers, he is helping them find their creative voice and teaching them technical skills that go far beyond what most of them have explored. Check out some photos from STEM to STEAM programs in the Gorge. He is currently working with students at Hood River Middle School, The Dalles Middle School, and Maupin School.
Funders include: Ford Family Foundation, The Oregon Community Foundation, Hood River Cultural Trust and US Bank Foundation.
In February students at Klahre House (a project of The Next Door Inc.), participated in a 4 week intensive workshop to learn Documentary film production techniques. The entire class was conducted using iPad pros and mobile apps from FilMic Pro, iMovie, Snapseed, and Garage Band.
Led by professional Visual Storyteller and Teaching Artist Sean O'Connor, the group learned about story structure, artistic composition, technical camera functions, emotional music production, find tune editing, and collaborative work environments.
Subjects for these films were Columbia Gorge community members Nate Chavez and Columba Jones.
Sean O’Connor is an award-winning visual storyteller, internationally published photographer and honored contributor to a Northwest Regional Emmy Award. Sean's creative work is dedicated to capturing socially responsible stories and educating youth in the art of visual media production. Since 2001, he has worked with nonprofits to document conservation through adventure expeditions and humanitarian films worldwide. Collaborating with Outdoor Industry leading brands, Sean cultivates global relationships with social and environmental impact. His credits include film credits in broadcast television and international film festivals, as well as print and web photography publications with Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Outside Magazine, High Country News and others. Through Arts In Education Of The Gorge, Sean offers intensive iPad filmmaking workshops to 6-12th grade students, and he produces, films and edits original stories for select clients such as EarthFix (OPB) and KCTS9 Seattle. He lives in the Columbia River Gorge with his wife and two children and is in constant pursuit of wilderness experiences in his spare time.