Overview & Lesson Plans
Welcome to MY HERO's Media Arts Resources site, where you'll find the tools to help you bring your heroes' stories alive through digital filmmaking. The resources we've created and assembled here will take you from pre-production planning through capturing and manipulating images and sound, to editing and public exhibition of your films.
Creating media has become as basic a skill as writing a sentence, and the storytelling capabilities at the heart of MY HERO are a vital tool for today's students, who must be prepared to share concepts and tell stories in a contemporary way. The lesson plans will help you integrate digital storytelling into academic subjects, guiding students through the process of creating heroes' stories while honing real world 21st century skills — group collaboration, problem solving, personal expression and expertise in utilizing technology.
We look forward to screening your short films and learning about your heroes!
The lesson plans help direct students to identify, research and write about their hero, then take their ideas and research material and develop them into a short film. The lesson plans focus on basic media literacy skills as students develop images, text and sound, incorporate movement, and edit the elements together into a visual tribute to their hero.
You can start with these resources to help students select appropriate Heroes for their projects:
How Should We Choose Our Heroes? Essay by Charles Harper
How Should We Choose Our Heroes? Lesson Plan by Charles Harper
CREATING ACTIVIST MEDIA GUIDE by Wendy Milette
CREATING ACTIVIST MEDIA RESOURCES by Wendy Milette and Wendy Jewell
Creating a Film for the MY HERO Short Film Festival and Competition by Jerrilyn Jacobs , Taft High School, Woodland Hills, CA.
Film Analysis Using the MY HERO Film Collection: Identifying Genre, Techniques, and Message by Jerrilyn Jacobs, Taft High School, Woodland Hills, CA.
Exploring Film Genres for Telling Hero Stories: Narrative Shorts by Wendy Milette
Exploring Film Genres for Telling Hero Stories: Experimental Shorts by Wendy Milette
Exploring Film Genres for Telling Hero Stories: Documentary Shorts by Wendy Milette
Exploring Film Genres for Telling Hero Stories: Animated Shorts by Wendy Milette
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AFI Screen Education