Tooz a Crowd Productions is an independent film production company with several film shorts and music videos to its credit. The company, comprised of filmmaker Randy Guest and actor/screenwriter Leigh-Anne Kehler, has worked in schools for the past 10 years and co-created over 300 student films. Two of those films garnered top prizes at the national Panasonic Student Film Competition in Toronto. Randy has over 75 production credits to his name and Leigh-Anne performs around the world as a storyteller. The pair works as a husband-and-wife team and endeavours to bring a sense of artistry, creativity, and kindness to the classroom.
Students will be treated from beginning to end like professional filmmakers. K-Grade 3 will focus on using the camera to tell a story by choosing creative compositions. Grades 4-6 will work as a team, taking the roles of director, the talent, assistant director, director of photography, art department, and locations manager. Junior and senior high will learn the process of going from idea to script, working in a writers’ workshop setting with the knowledge of all possible shots and angles. A variety of genres and styles will be encouraged, including music videos, clay animation, documentary, mocumentary, experimental, comedy, and drama. Editing workshops can be included but the bulk of the time will be spent understanding the relationship between the camera and imagination. In-camera editing without the need for software will be explored. Yes, you can make a movie in a 30-minute class! Secrets and tricks will be revealed. Your students will never view media the same way again. They will be able to create movies and run a film set like the pros.