Digital Storytelling for Teens

fall2016digitalflyer_ver2-232x300Gain exceptional skills in all aspects of traditional and digital storytelling from The Marsh industry professionals and solo performers.

WHO: For San Francisco teens under 18, grades 9th – 12th

WHEN: April 25 – June 8
Tuesdays & Thursdays (Lab) | 4pm – 6pm | Plus 2-week (Monday-Friday) immersive digital workshop in mid-June

WHERE: The Marsh, 1062 Valencia Street, San Francisco

Sliding Scale Tuition: Scholarships available! $300 stipend for students meeting requirements
**All San Francisco High School students will get a special financial consideration and are eligible for a $300.00 stipend.**

We provide all the cameras and equipment, and students accepted into the program receive a stipend upon successful program completion.


  1. Shoot videos of solo performers using state-of-the-art digital video equipment. After training on The Marsh digital cameras and audio equipment, students dive deep into the world of award-winning solo theater to understand storytelling structure through viewing and shooting professional performances, and interviewing actors and directors.
  2. Learn from award-winning documentary filmmakers how to craft your own compelling video stories and present them on social media and final film festival. Under the direction of two video professionals and Marsh Youth Theater Director, Wayne Harris,, students will develop scripts, storyboards, and video productions for their own performances at The Marsh.
  3. Share important stories from your own life and communities you care about. Students will produce short videos in a collaborative, supportive environment that includes all aspects of producing, planning, shooting, editing, and publishing their work.

*Marsh Youth Theater Director, Wayne Harris, is an award-winning solo performer, writer, educator, curriculum innovator, and musician. He also is a teaching artist and Master Storyteller working with Stagebridge and Young Audiences of Northern California

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Call Wayne Harris at (510) 427-5604 or REGISTER by emailing him at

 Video Production/Digital Storytelling Class Schedule (2017)

Tuesday, April 25 – (4pm – 6pm): Getting started with basic filmmaking concepts, equipment, framing, and shooting

Thursday, April 27 – (4pm – 6pm): Getting started with Story Structure Basics, Personal Story Recording/Playback

Tuesday, May 2 – (4pm – 6pm): Expanding on story (introduce storyboards, cutaways, b-roll, live sound, narration)

Thursday, May 4 – (4pm – 6pm): Pre-production for Video #1 – Brainstorming topics for Personal Narrative Videos

Tuesday, May 9 – (4pm – 6pm): Pre-production for Video #1 – Analyzing your story structure

Thursday, May 11 – (4pm – 6pm): Pre-production for Video #1 – Storyboards & Shot Lists

Tuesday, May 16 – (4pm – 6pm): Production Intro – Ethical and Legal Issues (talent releases, etc), Interviewing Techniques

Thursday, May 18 – (4pm – 6pm): Shooting Interviews & Interview Documentation – Student role playing and interviewing practice

Tuesday, May 23 – (4pm – 6pm): Production – Record Marsh Performances (*This week’s days/times TBD based on solo performance schedule and student availability to attend)

Thursday, May 25 – (4pm – 6pm): Production – performer interviews or personal work (*This week’s days/times TBD based on solo performance schedule and student availability to attend)

Tuesday, May 30 – (4pm – 6pm): Post-production – Introduction to Non-Linear Editing (Adobe Premier or Final Cut Pro)

Thursday, June 1 – (4pm – 6pm): Post-production – Importing and Binning, Basic Editing and Exporting Video #1

Tuesday, June 6 – (4pm – 6pm): Pre-production Video #2 – topics, shot lists for production during Immersive

Thursday, June 8 – (4pm – 6pm): Pre-production Video #2 – Storyboards for production during immersive


Week 1: June 12 – June 16 (2pm – 6pm):

Video #2 – Shooting and Basic Editing, Assembling Footage, Working with Audio Clips & B-Roll

Video # 1 Rough Cut Editing, and Working with Text

Week 2 June 19 – June 23 (2pm – 6pm):

Video #2 – Post-production, Fine Cut & Exporting Media for Streaming, Social Media, and DVDS

Video #2 Making an Impact – Distribution plan, one sheets and director statements, screening planning