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Make a Movie From Start to Finish | Summer Camp

Dana Leon | Reading | Movies
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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(41)
🎬 In this engaging camp, learners will grasp the basics of film-making and unleash their creativity as they plan, film, and edit their very own movies from start to finish in 4 days. #creative

Class experience

US Grade 3 - 5
Beginner Level
4 lessons//1 Week
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Intro to Movie Making
Learn about the movie making process and brainstorm ideas for your movie. • We will play a Kahoot game.
Lesson 2
Planning the Story
Learn about shots and angles and create a story and visual plan for your movie using storyboards. • A storyboard worksheet will be provided and will need to be printed prior to this class. • We will play a Kahoot game during this class.
Lesson 3
Learn about lighting, composition, and make a plan to film your movie. • Bring your storyboards to share during this class.
Lesson 4
Video Editing
Learn how to order your shots in a video editor to tell a story and add titles and transitions to finish your movie. • You will need a video editing app. I will demonstrate using iMovie. • You will want to have some photos or videos to edit during this class. It doesn't have to be for your movie. If anyone has finished their movies and there is time, we will share them during this class. Otherwise, we can share them with each other in the classroom.
This class is taught in English.
Learners will develop basic skills with all aspects of the filmmaking process. 
Before becoming a teacher, I worked as a second assistant director and production assistant on a couple of independent films. I wrote and directed my own short film in my studies at a summer film program at USC. 
Homework Offered
Learners are expected to show up each day with the previous day's work completed. Any work not completed during class, should be completed before the next day. If your child needs extra support outside of the camp, please reach out for additional options, such as 1:1 tutoring or joining one of my ongoing or one-time courses.
4+ hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Assessment will occur throughout each day. Informal assessment will occur during activities, with verbal feedback given. There will also be informal check-ins where I assess the status of the class and determine if everyone is ready to move on. I will use these check ins to inform partnerships.
Grades Offered
 1 file available upon enrollment
Learners will need to either use a notebook or word document to draft their movies. Templates will be provided as Google Docs and Word Docs. But I can also demonstrate how to draft a script in a notebook upon request. Any type of digital camera: smartphone, tablet, even a computer camera will work for some movies, but we will make it work. In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses: iMovie Kahoot Google Jamboard Google Docs Adobe Premiere Rush
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Depending on their story ideas, learners may need help with creating props, sets, acting, and filming. Nothing elaborate is necessary but I also try to avoid squashing creativity with practicality. I've have students make movies with their dolls when they couldn't get actors together in time. 

I prefer to teach editing in iMovie because it is one of the most simple free video editors that doesn't require users to have an account. 

Adobe Premiere Rush is a great alternative for anyone working on a phone or tablet that isn't an apple device. 
I have used my own experience and the following sites to plan this course:
Star Educator
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(41)
Get $20 off for booking my July/August Movie Making summer camps by May 30, 2024 with the coupon code: LEONSUMMER20 


Welcome! I am Dana Leon. I am a... 
Group Class


for 4 classes
4x per week, 1 week
45 min

Completed by 135 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 8-12
2-8 learners per class

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