Lab Field Trips

Registration for the 2023—2024 academic year is now closed. We look forward to seeing you next year!


This brand new program opens the doors to our Media Arts Lab and welcomes local students to engage with film and storytelling techniques through film analysis and hands-on, project based learning. Each workshop includes active film viewing, discussion, a media making activity, and a presentation. Join us for one of these engaging and exciting educational experiences!


Lab Field Trip: Show, Don’t Tell

Location: The JBFC Media Arts Lab

Cost: $20/Student or FREE for under-resourced schools

Time: 9:30 AM–12:30 PM

Capacity: 30 Students (Max)

Grades: 5th-12th

Lab Field Trips: Information for Schools


Bring your class to the JBFC’s Media Arts Lab to participate in a hands-on filmmaking workshop introducing students to the foundational storytelling technique of “Show, Don’t Tell.” This film and literary technique empowers the viewer to experience a story through actions, senses, and feelings rather than exposition, dialogue, and description.





Over the course of a 3 hour workshop, students will engage with short films exploring the “Show Don’t Tell” technique, learn basic shot type language and storyboarding skills, and make a short scene of their own. The entire experience culminates in a celebratory screening of the day’s projects in the Lab’s onsite movie theater.



  • Practice 21st century skills
  • Understand how media is made and impacts us
  • Practice storytelling and empathy building
  • Strengthen an understanding of visual literacy
  • Build film language
  • Create and share a group film project



  • Project-based Creative Teamwork
  • Critical and Active Viewing or “Landmarking”
  • Storytelling Technique of “Show, Don’t Tell”
  • Filmmaking Techniques & Language: Shot Types
  • Filmmaking Process: Pre-production (Storyboarding), Production, Post-production
  • Technical Skills: Filming and Editing (iPad)


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