How to teach filmmaking to children
October 1, 2012 5:22 PM Subscribe
Looking for help figuring out ways to teach a tween how to make films.
posted by diabolik to media & arts (4 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I have an opportunity to teach filmmaking to a child for pay.
I have some experience -- made three short films (the last one playing at festivals), directed a dozen plays, performed longform comedy improv, have written screenplays, and studied film editing in a well-respected program.
But, given a chance to make this anything I want it to be, I feel stumped. The particular issues related to teaching a child worry me. It has to be fun, give her plenty to do (and fail at), be paced in a way that works for kids and, I would think, should leave her with something to show for the experience (in addition to what has been learned). This doesn't even begin to get into the logistical issues -- equipment, actors, locations/sets, etc.
The child is 13 years old and has no filmmaking experience, as far as I know. This would probably be done as a kind of after-school enrichment program, approximately once a week, for a period ranging from 3 months to, possibly, 9 months.
I thought I'd throw it out to the hive mind.
I hope to get some practical advice on how to approach this and/or be pointed towards some resources that might help me. It occurs to me that there might even be ready-made curricula out there that I could play with and adapt.