Student Video Showcase

CENTROPA (Interactive Project Site) (Central Europe Center for Research and Documentation)

CENTROPA You Tube Page of Past Student Projects

CENTROPA Movie Making Tutorials (These short tutorials will help you make a final project with the CENTROPA site materials. The tutorials are on Windows Movie Maker as well as I-Movie on the MAC.   You may also use I-Books Author to make a multimedia interactive I-Book (E-Book).  


If you select this as your final project choice then follow these guidelines.  Feel free to make an appointment at any time to go over what you have done with Professor Gair.  

1. Select which platform/software you will use.  Tutorials are provided in the links below.  If you are skilled in another type of software that allows you to use video, pictures, sound, transitions and various effects such as Ken Burns, zoom, picture-in-picture or green screening then by all means use that software.

2.  Collect the videos and still photos you will use into folders on your computer.  Have all the videos in one and the stills in another.  You can always add more later as you work on it.  

3. Write out a script / narration/ that flows with the pictures you plan to use.

4.  Storyboard your presentation on paper. Meet with Professor Gair to share the storyboard before proceeding.  Many models of storyboarding can be found on the links below. 

The presentation should be at the very least 10 minutes or more in length.  Pictures should be obtained from reputable Holocaust sites such as Yad Vashem, The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Visual Shoah Foundation, the Virtual Jewish Library just to name a few.  The links on Professor Gair’s web site page Holocaust Resources are fine.  Narration and screen titling should be clear and the music or sound track must be related to the story.  Focus the project on people.  Use the CENTROPA films as a model, but also allow your creativity to show through.  Remember this is a serious topic and your presentation should be serious.  It should focus on people as individuals, their life, their family, their heritage and how they have rebuilt their lives since the Holocaust.

5.  The final project should be uploaded to You Tube or Vimeo a week before it is presented to the class.  Preview it online to see if there are any mistakes that need editing.  Share the final version with Professor Gair so that he can place it on this web site before our last class meeting.  It is understood that if you do this project that it will be shared with the greater Valencia community as well as anyone else who has access to the web.  The whole idea is to share these stories with the rest of the world so that the Holocaust may never be forgotten and never repeated.

Digital Storytelling Resources
Digital Storytelling
Storyboarding Examples
Free Storyboard Templates
Storyboard Basics

Windows Tutorials
Movie Making Part 1
Movie Making Part 2
Movie Making Part 3

MAC Tutorials
I-Movie (2013 version) Tutorial Class
PC Classes Online
Video Tutorials for Apple I-Movie
Beginners Guide to Apple I-Movie
Tutorials for Apple I-Movie

I am reserving this page for future student video projects.  During the 2013-2014 academic year I will offer students the opportunity of creating a CENTROPA video project or independent movie project using the CENTROPA material.  It will be their final for the semester.  Some students may work in pairs and others on their own.  The focus is to illustrate what Jewish life was like before the Holocaust and after the Holocaust.  Many survivors feel their entire identity is built around their experience as a victim-survivor.  They want the world to also know about the wonderful, rich, vibrant cultural life they had before the horrific period started.  In the same way, they want us to recognize that those who did survive were not crippled for life.  They were able to rebuild new and vibrant lives, familes, grandchildren, careers, and education in the aftermath of the Holocaust.  The rich collective world of their shtetls, their closely knit villages in Eastern Europe however are gone forever.  We will never be able to totally rebuild that world that the Nazis destroyed.  I hope you enjoy the projects my students post here.

Professor Rich Gair


The following videos are projects my students created for their final in my Literature and Multimedia of the Holocaust Course.

The first one is by Nitzan Goodman, a student in my Fall 2013 class.  It is a beautiful story of Nitzan’s grandfather who survived the Holocaust.  I am quite honored to have had Nitzan as my student and am indebted to him for sharing the story.

The following project was done by Aleeya Montgomery, alsoi a student in my Fall 2013 class.

The following one was created by Ariesa Bryant in the Spring 2014.

The following video was done by Vanessa Fumero in the Spring of 2014.  Vanessa became very interested in the medical experiments that were performed on twins in Auschwitz.  She asked if she could borrow a book I had shown the class, “Children of the Flames: The Story of the Mengele Twins.”  She proceeded to literally devour the book in a few days and asked me if she could make a video about the book as a final project.  We we met during office hours and I showed her the resources available on the CENTROPA web site and how she could use storyboarding to plan her video.  I pointed her to some online tutorials for the video software of her choice.  This is the result of her deep interest and hard work.

The next one was done by Jackie Bridges, also a student in my Fall 2013 class.  She used the CENTROPA web site as the source for her story.  Centropa focuses their study of the Holocaust on stories about people and how they lived before and after the Holocaust  Jackie did a wonderful job on this project.