Our Homemade Course in Video Production

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Making things, doing arts and crafts, and photography were always big in our homeschool.  One year, my daughter wanted to try her hand at video-making.  This became a year long project, and offered many opportunities for creativity...writing scripts, story boarding, planning shots, and then making videos.
And it helped to balance out her core studies, which focus so much on the head.  

Our homeschooling was not all just academics and core studies...It also gave us the time to encourage my teen to explore and develop her special interests, talents, and gifts.  

And video-making became one of our homemade elective courses, which was added to her homeschool transcript.

Our Video Making Course

My role was that of advisor, as far as putting this course together.

My teen gathered together her resources to study, formulating her 

own filming schedule.  She found friends to act in them, learned 

the steps of video-making, and finally made three videos entering 

them in a contest.

Her first step was to get the equipment and software that was needed.

Equipment and Software

 1. A camera, which was a Nikon Coolpix S9100
2.  Editing software - Pinnacle Studios 16, from ebay
3.  Tripod (or ask a friend to help with filming)

Next, my teen read up on videomaking with books from the 

library, and studied her editing software.... 

Resouces for Videomaking

1.  The Cutting Edge

A documentary about film editing, with examples, "clear explanations and clips from many ground breaking videos"

2. Behind the Scene Videos

There are 26,000 behind the scenes videos, on Vimeo. She learned a lot just from watching these, including filming technique, sound 

production, a little about lighting and also set design.

3.  The Filmmaker's Handbook

This book is a guide to producing, directing, shooting, and editing 

She studied the steps of videomaking, including writing a script, doing a storyboard, and then planning for each shot.  Next, it was time to put what she had studied into practice.  My daughter made four videos, and below I will share three of them...

Her first video was called....

 The Golden Year

I got to help with the filming....It was special for me to be a part of my teen's favorite new activity. 
The Golden Year was a short video, telling the story of a princess who gave up her crown.  My teen wrote this story, last year, as a part of  her writing studies.  
When it was time to film, she asked a neighborhood friend to be the actress in it.  This gave her practice in asking for help, coordinating with a friend, setting up filming times, etc.   Then, if you like, you can view it here:

Filming this at the beach, I was reminded of the many times spent 

there, collecting shells, and carefully bringing them home, then making something with them.  Now she is using the same process of project making, to something much more complicated.

Next, after spending more time working with her editing software, 
she started a second video, which she called....

It is a story of the girl pictured above, and how she met a friend at the carousel.
She took a number of weeks to plan this video. Then she and her friends spent three hours filming, one morning, creating forty frames.  It will be a 3 minute film.  Then she decided to enter it into a contest, just for fun.

After making her first two videos, my daughter spent some time 
watching shorts on how movies and videos were made, usingthe "Behind the Scenes" videos, mentioned above.  

Next, my daughter heard about a video contest offered by Oak 
Meadow, our favorite homeschool curriculum publisher.  They 

were looking for videos on homeschooling for their contest.  She 

decided to call it......

 My Homeschooling Adventure

To do this video, my teen began by looking through photos  

of her high school activities, to make a slide show. 

With the stills chosen and complied, she worked them into a video format, and wrote up a script.  It was heartwarming to hear how she described her high school at home....Here is an excerpt:

"My homeschooling schedule gave me the chance to participate in many exciting activities, while still getting a rigorous education and having loads of fun.  Each day was different and supplied me with  new challenges. I grew skills that I'd never thought of gaining."

Soon she was all about filming....

Next, she entered it into the contest, and was happy that hers was selected to be put on Oak Meadow's high school page.  

 If your teens are interested in contests, here are a few below, that I found online..... 

Videomaking Contests

2.  STN Contests - Student Television Network

Videomaking helped to balance out our academic courses and 

helped to build up my teen's college application as well.  It was 

something that she could enter in her application under skills and 


Finally, I assigned her high school credit....

Assigning High School Credit

Assigning credit was easy, using the Mastery method. Since she entered three videos, and they were accepted in each contests, that indicated a  beginning level of mastery. That is because she met the qualifications and rules for having her videos accepted into the contests.
Doing this course in videomaking also gave my daughter the opportunity to develop other skills, such as:

1.  organizational skills  - important for my 2e teen 
2.  assertiveness - finding friends to act
3.  practice in asking for help - filming
4.  cooperation and work skills- working with friends

5.  practice in following specific requirements for the contests

What kinds of interests do your teens have, that they would like to explore?  I enjoy reading your comments....

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