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July 8, 2011

What You Should Learn to produce a short Vedio Film

To begin, have the youth develop a story idea. The screenplay is a blueprint for the movie. Explore character development and teach them how to write dialogue. This also teaches them literacy and writing skills. You can also teach the industry standard screenplay format.

Teach the youth directing skills, which also build communication skills, by showing them how to work with actors and crew. Teach camera blocking and coverage, and set up rehearsals for the camera. Use theater games to establish trust and loosen up and play.

Production falls into three phases: Pre-production, production, and post-production.

Pre-production should include teaching youth about camera functions, graphic elements, and dramatic elements.

Production should include developing a shot list and storyboards. The youth should scout for a location to shoot their video. They can demonstrate their understanding of cinematography by shooting under a variety of light conditions.

In post-production, the view raw footage and start to develop a rough-cut. Then work on their footage, with constant feedback and assistance, until you develop a fine-cut. The editing process need patience and persistence. learn how to craft a story visually and take risks by experimenting to see what works.

Discuss how you can get the film out to the public, be it through film festivals, community screenings, or Web video streaming.

What you need to learn

1. Camera Functions.
Shot Size. Camera Movement.
Reference Book: "Shot by Shot" by Cantine, Howard, Lewis

2: Graphic Elements.
Develop Story Idea.
Reference Book: "Story" by Robert McKee

3: Dramatic Elements.
Lighting and Sound.
Reference Book:"Cinematography" by Kris Malkiewicz

4: Script and Treatment.
Storyboard and Shot List.
Reference Book: "Film Production Technique" by Bruce Mamer

5: Create a Scene.
Direct Actors. Crew Positions. Theater Games.
Reference Book: "Directing" by Michael Rabiger

6: Pictorial Continuity.
Shoot Final Project.
Reference Book: "Directing" by Michael Rabiger

7: Editing
Credits, Titles, and Visual Effects. Shoot Final Project.
Reference Book: "Film Editing and Sound Editing" by Film Guy

8: Editing
Voice-overs, Music, and Sound Effects. Shoot Final Project.
Reference Book: "Film Editing and Sound Editing" by Film Guy

9: Rough Cut
Screen and Feedback.

10: Fine Cut
Screen and Feedback. Distribution.

More Books to Read

Screenwriting:"Story" by Robert McKee
Cinematography:"Cinematography" by Kris Malkiewicz
Acting:"Theater Games" by Viola Spolin

Directing:"Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics" by Michael Rabiger

Production:"Film Production Technique" by Bruce Mamer

Production:"Shot by Shot" by John Cantine, Susan Howard, Brady Lewis

Editing:"Film Editing & Sound Editing: Nutz & Boltz" by Film Guy

Media Resources Guide

Screenwriting Web

Improvisational Acting Web


More Links & Resources – Video Production

Adobe Youth Voices Essentials: Video Curriculum
Visit the Adobe Youth Voices Essentials website to access an array of curricula to help get you started with youth media making. Download video curricula that guides youth through multiple media projects including creating documentaries and music videos.

KQED Digital Storytelling Guide
This manual contains KQED’s approach to digital storytelling plus tips and techniques to help storytellersachieve impressive results in their visual productions.

Designing Video Programs for Youth: Creative expression and achieving goals
This concise how-to guide, written by Madeleine Lim, an award-winning filmmaker, identifies the essential elements of a strong youth media program and how to go about designing one.

Source : Madeleine Lim , AYV

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