The student filmmaking project is an exciting opportunity for students to work together in a highly creative environment that plays to the strengths of each individual, creating a win-win for everyone involved.
Students begin with an overview of responsibilities and roles in filmmaking and learn to identify their interests and abilities and then match them with the skill set needed to produce a film. Some students like to be in front of the camera. Some would hate to be in front, but love to be behind operating it. Others like to edit, write the music, script, etc. Recognizing how our differences are strengths when we work together is a prime objective of this project.
Once they have the Big Picture, they create a strategy to break it down into manageable steps. This involves break out sessions and scriptwriting, developing the screenplay and creating storyboards. Camera operators and editors familiarize themselves with the equipment.
When filming begins, cast and crew work together to tell their story. Throughout the project the group reviews their progress and each student analyzes themselves and the role they played and how it contributed to the big picture.
This project is really fun. It plays to the strengths of each student, and provides a really positive environment to play your part, while encouraging others to do the same. It’s fun to have an ‘official screening’ at the end of the week and invite the whole school and family to celebrate the student’s talents and the creative risks they took together during the week.
- for each student to appreciate the value of their story (experiences/hopes/dreams)
- to recognize the value of their own unique gifts, talents and abilities to share their story
- to understand how our unique skill set allows us to work collaboratively to tell OUR story in a better way than any of us could on our own
For a recent multi media project in a French immersion elementary school, the principal was interested in a project that would incorporate all 360 students in all grades. In four days we wrote and recorded an original song and produced a video.
The Sets’ani Anti Bullying Project is a great example of the other end of the spectrum. I spent a week in Chief Sunrise School in the K’atl’odeeche First Nation, working with the JK-Grade 1 class. We developed a game that incorporated their traditional Slavey language. Wrote and recorded a song and produced this video of the process.
These projects develop media literacy and the fundamentals of storytelling and composition. They are excellent incubators that encourage creative collaboration in an environment that allows for students with different skills and interests to shine. After identifying the roles required to complete the project, they match their individual skill set with the skills needed to complete the project.
Students learn to recognize how their strengths and weaknesses provide opportunities to work with others who are skilled differently. One person may like to be in front of the camera, but the next person would hate it. But that person might like to operate the camera. Together they figure out who wants to write the script, who wants to direct, edit and so on.
It’s great for team building and setting a tone for creative exploration and development. I offer this workshop to teachers and adults in other professional settings as well.
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