Video Making - And How to Make it into a High School Credit

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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.  It also gave us the time to encourage my teen to explore and develop her special interests, talents, and gifts.  

Our Video Making Course

This post includes:

- Finding Equipment and software

- Three sample videos that my teen made

- Video Making Contests

-  Assigning High School Credit

-  A list of skills that my teen gained from this project

 Our 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)

After filming, at the beach.

We went to the library and searched on the web and found these:

Resources 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, where she learned about:

filming technique
sound production
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
- then planning for each shot.  

Then it was time to put what she had studied into practice.  My daughter made four videos, and below I will share three of them...

Three videos, just to give you an idea of what we did:

Video 1 - 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.  

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

This 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 using the "Behind the Scenes" videos. 

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

To get started, my teen just looked at her photos of her high school activities, to begin by making a slide show.

Then with the stills chosen and complied, she worked them into a video and wrote up a script. 

Here is the cover photo that she chose:

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

Video-making Contests

 This is just one way to make a video-making course.  Yours may be totally different.  Whatever way you do it, it can could as one of your teen's fine arts credits, an elective credit. or any other one that you would like to use it for.

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 project helped my teen with a number of important skills.

Skills Gained

1.  organizational skills  - important for college or any vocation 
2.  assertiveness - by approaching friends to act
3.  practice in asking for help 
4.  cooperation and work skills- working with friends

5.  practice in following specific requirements for the contests

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Betsy is mom to her now rising college senior, whom she homeschooled from preK through high school.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh school & college and wrote - Homeschooling High School with College in Mind.   She offers free homeschool help through messages at BJ's Consulting

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