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Smartphone Filmmaking (Grades 3-7)

Smartphone Filmmaking (Grades 3-7)


Dates: 4/5-4/26 (Tuesdays; 5 weeks)

Time: 4PM – 5PM PST /6PM-7 PM CDT/7PM-8PM EST  (60 minutes/class) 

  • Class description

    Students will make: 

    Students create a film of their own and enjoy the experience of filmmaking using just a smartphone.

    They have the following options: 

    • make a film on environmental awareness, and participate in an exhibit such as Earth Day Fair. Students will receive an info packet if they choose this option. Suggested topics: CLIMATE CHANGE | CLMATE JUSTICE | WATER CONSERVATION  | REDUCE PLASTIC USE | POLLUTION |  PROTECT OUR OCEAN | NATIVE PLANTS | BIODIVERSITY
    • make a film of their own choice and simply have fun 

    Students will learn: 

    Foundations for screenwriting, visual storytelling skills, camera angles, editing techniques and transitions, foundations in sound.

    o Week 1 – Introductions & Course goals. Foundation in screenplay development (Story circle, story spine, Three Act Structure ) Screenplay format & the Pixar Storytelling formula.

    o Week 2 – Informal Pitch to shooting ( Visual Storytelling, how to communicate using show don't tell.) Develop Visual Storytelling Tools, Foundations about Storyboard/Animatic/Shooting Board

    o Week 3 – Smartphone filming, apps, and suggested equipment. Type of shots, Steps for Lighting a Scene

    o Week 4 – Foundation on film editing and sound. Editing apps. 

    o Week 5 – Credits, Citing Sources & Permissions. Student-made films & Final reflection of the course. 

  • Instructor

    Mr. Gus is an experienced Video Editor and Videographer adept at meeting client needs throughout the entirety of the film process. He is a teaching artist and film instructor for Austin Film Festival. He has taught the use of smartphones or tablets as a tool for filmmaking. The
    process covers the idea, preproduction, production, filming, and editing. 

  • Class size

    4-8 kids. Small class size, highly interactive and individualized. 

    (Age 8-13)

  • NextGen Edu 21st Century Skills and Mindset:

    • Visual storytelling skills
    • Creativity 
    • Communication (show not tell) 
    • Collaborations 
    • Leadership skills 
    • Video editing skills 
    • Publishing, Privacy, & Digital Citizenship


  • Supply List

    • Students must own a smartphone or a Smart Tablet for the class.
    • Mr. Gus will  recommend editing software that is free and can be downloaded from the appropriate website.
    • (Optional) During class, Mr. Gus will send a list of equipment/tools that is appropriate for students who want to embark on smartphone filmmaking in the future. 


Thank You !

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