Resources for Young Filmmakers

Resources for Young Filmmakers

For an upcoming Movie Night, instead of popping in a DVD or watching an instant flick on Netflix, you might enjoy a motion picture your child has filmed!

If any of your kids show an interest in making movies then here are some helpful websites* that contain a multitude of resources for future Oscar winners:

Resources for Young Filmmakers is by the Portland Children’s Film Festival and shares a ton of links. They cover the basics, filming and editing techniques, sources for royalty free music and sound effects, and more!

Children’s Guide to Filmmaking is a free 21-page downloadable pdf from Far Out Films, a group of “award-winning volunteer film makers, based in Melbourne, Australia.” It’s a step-by-step guide to making a first film.

How to Master the Structure of Script Writing by Nick Zurko gives introductory advice. The article is part of the New York Film Academy’s Student Resources section which is filled with how-to guides.

Ten Tips For Beginning Filmmakers is an informative YouTube video by DSLRFilmSchool.

If you have younger kids who aren’t quite ready for breakable equipment: Low Tech Cardboard TV project!

For inspiration, here’s an under two minutes film by G (a homeschooled teen) called, “A Short Snow Drama.” Be sure to watch till the end! And read more about how the movie was made on the blog, Almost Unschoolers.

Also, check out Brave Writer’s online Movie Discussion Club. It’s perfect for budding cinephiles! The next class starts February 2nd. Register now!

*Please note: Brave Writer does not necessarily endorse all of the websites’ views or associations

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Need help commenting meaningfully on plot, characterization, make-up and costumes, acting, setting and even film editing? Check out our eleven page guide, Brave Writer Goes to the Movies. Also, tell us about a film you and your kids watched together (along with a pic if you have one) and if we share it on the blog you’ll receive a free copy!

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