Movie-Making Magic

Movies: They can carry us to other worlds, keep us company, and make us laugh, cry, or hide under the covers. And we love them for it. But what goes into the art of movie-making? Why are some movies Oscar material, while others are snooze-fests? The movie industry is a billion-dollar industry...but it takes much more than just great acting to make a movie a winner.

In this Camp Kinda adventure, we’ll go behind the scenes to discover the magic of filmmaking. By the end, you’ll have learned the secrets of powerful cinematic storytelling, experimented with music to evoke emotions through film, explored various filmmaking techniques, and you’ll be on your way to becoming your family’s next big Hollywood director. Then you’ll put it all together to create your own film...all right from home.

what you’ll need

  • Your Camp Kinda toolkit
  • A sketchbook or journal with blank pages
  • Post-It notes (optional)
  • Various household objects or toys

weekly family activity

This week, your kids will learn all about the art of filmmaking. If you want to join them, consider making it a family affair and spending some time putting together a movie as a team.

this week’s content builder:

Yamini Bhat

Yamini Bhat was born in Mumbai, India, and raised in Mobile, AL. She is currently the 8th grade English teacher and dance coach at Harriet Tubman Charter School in New Orleans, LA.

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