film making

This workshop is an opportunity for youths to share their unique stories and learn filmmaking skills. This workshop can also be tailored on a 1-1 basis for clients that wish to understand filmmaking. All learning outcomes can be seen below.

What’s Involved?
1. Development Stage
2. Pre-Production
3. Production
4. Post-Production
5. Distribution and Exhibition

Development Stage

What’s Involved?
The Development stage is about creating a story and deciding how you want to tell it. The story is usually created in a brainstorming session. After the ideas are formulated a script is written and separated into different scenes by location. Depending on the documentary it can be extremely detailed and includes dialogue. The script follows a specific format.

  • The kinds of question raised in the session would be:
  • Why do you want to make a movie?
  • Is there a specific theme you’d like to tell a story about?
  • What experiences do you want to share with people?
  • What unique point of view can you show everyone?
  • Is there a certain message you’re trying to get out?
  • Are you just trying to make people laugh?
  • Is there a lesson you’re trying to teach?
  • Who’s point of view will the audience see the movie from?
  • Is this a realistic film or an exaggerated, ridiculous movie?
  • What will the visual style be?
  • Who can relate to your movie?
  • Who would enjoy watching your movie the most?
  • Is there a certain age range, sex, or race that your movie speaks to more than the others?


What’s Involved?
This is the planning stage. The goal is to figure out how the youth will get the script to the screen. Every detail has to be decided; including crew, actors, costumes, props, equipment, locations, food and whatever else is needed. Auditions can be set-up for the casting of the film, which also challenges the actors to see if they can follow direction well. Crew decisions will have to be made such as director, producer, and director of photography, sound, production designer, production manager, assistant director, script supervisor, grips, production assistants, and more. How will you get the props and costumes? How will you pull off the special effects? Make it happen, or figure out how to make it happen. A storyboard of the shot list will have to be produced. A shooting schedule will have to be produced. There will have to be rehearsals with the actors.


This is the Production stage, where all of the filming takes place. This stage is about knowing what you want and communicating it to everyone else. During production, you’ll have to think fast and communicate well. The production process requires a lot of problem solving. This is the “Lights, Camera, Action” part. All youths will have a part to play in producing the film, whether behind the camera or in front of it.


The Post-production stage is where you edit the film, put in the credits, music, and special effects, and finish the movie. All shots are put in order to build the story. The youths will have to know what needed and communicate it to achieve the best result. This is a fun process because you get to see the movie coming together. Youths will have a chance to edit the movie on PC’s with the latest industry standard computer software.

Distribution and Exhibition:

The Distribution/Exhibition stage is all about getting the finished movie seen by as many people as possible. Available widely on the Internet, film festivals are a pretty good way to get your movies seen. The movie can also be put on a DVD. Another fun thing to do is offer special features to people, such as behind-the-scenes of how the movie was made. A photographer can be present to take pictures while filming is done so the pictures can be used to promote your movie. Youths will send correspondences themselves and brain storm innovative ways to promote their product.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Youths get to sit down, engage with each other and think about some possible movie ideas, and make a note of the ideas.

2. It encourages group discussion and helps create ideas that sound interesting, expanding upon and developing further the chosen ones using analytical skills. This helps to focus all of the creativity into an interesting, cohesive story.

3. Youths will become proficient in other production and postproduction skills (editing, camera, sound).

4. Youths will be able to apply theoretical and critical concepts when making style choices in their own projects.

5. Youths will be able to research and gather information.

6. Youths will be able to develop and present their own arguments in a positive manner.

7. Young people have a healthy sense of outrage; they are inspired by the greater good. Documentary trains them to vision the possible, to make films that matter.

8. Youths will learn the fundamentals of documentary filmmaking, and become versatile in the range of its forms.

9. Having learnt basic filmmaking knowledge youths can further their skills via college/university which will lead to a career in the entertainment industry, in broadcasting, journalism, art, advertising and arts management.

10. Youths will demonstrate the ability to depart from traditional or comfortable ways of thinking, to explore, to wander, to get lost, to journey down unfamiliar channels and emerge with renewed perceptions in order to innovate and add to group thinking.

11. Demonstrate their public presentation and listening skills.

12. Demonstrate their ability to articulate, through close reading and writing, their own worldviews. They will be able to explain and respond thoughtfully to the religious, social, ideological, spiritual, moral, and ethical values implied in film texts through their close readings and reflections.

13. Perform all activities in an ethical manner. This will be demonstrated by the student’s production of original work; by the student’s ability to engage in constructive criticism and evaluation in a workshop setting, both oral and written

14. Engagement in the lives, experiences, and histories of communities, challenging students to develop effective written and visual communication skills and to synthesize fieldwork-based knowledge to reach a larger public audience, thereby fostering mutual respect, in-depth understanding, and original interpretations;

15. Students will be able to perform the basic editing functions of Adobe Premiere Pro/CC

16. Students will be able to shoot a short video with a digital video camera correctly using manual exposure, focus, and white balance.