Saturday, February 2, 2013

Ready, Set, Action!

image from Collins Weddings
I had this crazy idea to teach a film class for co-op.
True Confessions: I know very little about filming.
I've never really been into videography. At all.
But our kids (mine, friends) had done beaucoups theater (drama camp, Shakespeare Camp, Tantara, etc) and I thought it would be a nice challenge and add dimension to the performances. And, honestly, I was inspired by a fellow homeschooler. She assigned her kids a history lesson. They responded by video taping an interview with Pocahontas. 3 years later they are making 1 hour long videos, including costumes, lighting, sound, and extras. What fun!

Maybe you want to jump into the fray? Here's some resources to get your started:
Crystal Creek Media. Another homeschooling family that has turned their interest in film and apologetics into a business- namely that of producing feature length films. The good folks here have created a 16 set DVD series titled Film School (they also run camps around the country). Tons of good information packed in. We won't be watching the whole series as a group, but I'm watching them at home, taking notes and trying to stay 1-2 steps ahead of everybody.

The 10-shot video- book and web-site: Ready, Steady, Shoot! The kids are doing 1 10-shot exercise a week.

Various You Tubes made by fellow homeschoolers. Here are a couple of our favs: Dangers of Homeschooling and Man vs. Farm

I found some great resources through Harmony Art Mom's video class that she did with her son

Schoolhouse has a film making class by George Escobar that Feeche and I are slowly making our way through. Good stuff and compared to the cost of some of the others, plus all of the other classes you get, it's worth every.penny.

A couple of books to get your started: Filmmaking for Dummies and Teach Yourself Filmmaking.
Here's a list of film camps from Homeschool World and here's another comprehensive article on resources available, most of which are not inexpensive.

Timberdoodle has some film making resources as well.

In addition there are several Christian Independent Film Festivals around the world. Maybe you'll be the next winner?


Karyn Tripp said...

Sounds like so much fun!

April said...

Glad to see you mentioned! And I love that you are challenging your students!

Jessica said...

Thanks for all the great links! Very interesting!!

Michelle Pond said...

Sounds like you are giving the kids a great opportunity! TALU

Linda G Hatton said...

Sounds like fun! Good luck!
Every summer for at least the past couple of years, the Apple store has a free film-making class for kids. Might be something to look into. My kids have taken them and made some great little films!

Anne Kimball said...

Wow, you're so brave! Love your confidence. Thanks for linking up with the TALU!

Debbie said...

I don't homeschool but I have really been thinking a lot about it lately, especially since 2 of my boys are struggling and may not pass first grade. Thanks for sharing this with us at talu.

Amy Maze said...

This is definitely a topic that I don't know anything about =) Great list of resources! Thanks for sharing them with us at Trivium Tuesdays!