Filmmaking 103: Swede a DYI Movie Project - One Month Challenge
Create a 30 – 240-second sweded version of your favorite film. Use live action, cardboard, stop-motion, CGI, or a combination to reimagine your favorite movie in an entertaining and hilarious way.
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This course is inspired by a filmmaker movement called Swede, well known from the film "Be Kind Rewind" where two guys running a movie rental store are shocked to learn that their videos have been erased by a mysterious electromagnetic force. Swede means DIY tributes of favorite films with zero-budget, 5~ minute films brought to life with household items, and a lot of cardboard. During every class, the teacher develops a connection with students talking about their favorite movies,...
Students reinforce concrete foundations for visual storytelling, camera angles, editing techniques, transitions, visual effects, and sound effects. In the end, students create a film of their project and enjoy the experience of making a tribute to a movie using just a smartphone.
I have been teaching digital media to students from 2nd to 5th grade. Students love the dynamic of making a film. As a film professional, I love to teach the kids about these subjects. I'm very passionate about it. From my perspective, I engage with the students talking about movies and how fun is creating; then; I also enjoy building collaborative groups and leaders who work together to create something new and unique.
Every class there is an assignment for the students to reinforce the core activity. Class One: Preproduction Prep your movie, start filming Class Two: Camera angles and movements. Class Three: Edit your film. Final touches, audio, music, color correction. Class Four: Finish your film and turn in!
Students must own a smartphone or a Smart Tablet for the class. I recommended editing software that is free and can be downloaded from the appropriate website. During the course, I will send a list of equipment that is appropriate for students who want to embark on smartphone filmmaking. However, it is not mandatory to buy equipment that is just a list of tools for them to use.
At the beginning of the class, students choose to share the work done from the previous day assignment. These activities can measure their level of success in class. The final project for the students will be the creation of a short film of two minutes long. I love to create reflections with students and encourage sharing their opinions and ideas about the topics in class and what they love about their learning experience.
1 hour 5 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
The content is curated and reviewed for the students. I constantly review the material I show in class with https://www.commonsensemedia.org/ a great tool for parents and teachers to understand what is appropriate to show kids and what age. The teacher always advises students to check with parents that the teacher mention in class. Sometimes the teacher talks about certain films that not age-appropriate for them, however, the teacher will never show video clips of these films.
Mr GusFilmmaker and Photographer who loves to teach film, Screenwriting and stop motion animation
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1) I teach smartphone filmmaking 101/102/103 , editing, sound, and basic lighting, story development, and creation and Stop Motion animation (sculpt characters to animation techniques) 2)I have been working in the industry for a long time, mostly...