They call themselves the film dudes…
“Boss poses right. Okay, let’s see them”.
Each year you can find Eric Thoemke, and Matthew Maldonado at a school in North Dakota teaching kids all about the film process through their non-profit organization ND strong.
“with the help of the North Dakota Council and the arts they supply a 50/50 grant match and it allows us to go into schools around North Dakota and teach the art of film making,” said film dude Eric Thoemke.
This week they’ve been at Lewis and Clark Elementary working with the fourth-grade classes, their goal is to make a film that will raise awareness about bullying.
“First take of the dodge ball championship scene and action…
“There are people and they are kinda acting how bullying works and how people can be bullied,” said student Ella Nelson.
“The topic that we decided to touch on with bullying is just trying to become more self-aware with yourself and what you are saying and how it may affect other people,” said Thoemke.
Aside from having acting roles, the students also learn about equipment involved with the film process.
“We do storyboards — we did a big equipment showcase so they’re able to see what we do on a day to day,” said Thoemke.
and even though just about anyone can pull out their phones and make their own movies…. the film dudes want to make sure they’re doing it right.
“Teaching them about you know what makes what looks cinematic versus amateur and that’s part of the reason why we come into this school to help them make better products with their tools that they currently use,” said Thoemke.
While the goal is to raise awareness about bullying the film dudes also hope to inspire some of these kids to love film making just as much as they do.