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DAY 4

Movie-Making Magic

Lights, Camera, Action!

Just as live-action movies are made using cameras, filmmakers sometimes use virtual cameras to “film” their movies, with lenses that act like the real thing. Today, we're experimenting with different camera settings, shot selections, movements, and angles...all to make our own movies.

what you’ll need

  • A computer, tablet, or mobile phone and access to the internet
  • A sketchbook or a journal with blank paper
  • A pencil
  • A mobile phone or tablet with a camera
  • Crayons, colored pencils, or markers

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FOR PARENTS

Ask About Today

Can you tell me about camera angles and movements? How do different angles and shots help tell a story on film?

Dinner Discussion

Have your child share the storyboard or the short film they've created. Ask them to talk about their inspiration and about the challenges they faced while making it.

Skip the Ads

Unfortunately, online videos often start with short advertisements. Remind your campers to click the "Skip" button as soon as they can to move ahead to the video.

explore

30-60 minutes

Here's everything you need to know about cameras to become a filmmaker. (Okay, kinda.)

01

Cameras 101

Get started by learning the basics of modern movie cameras.

WATCH

Remember: Online videos often start with advertisements. (Annoying, we agree!) Click the "Skip" button as soon as you can to move ahead to the video.

02

Virtual Cameras?

We admit it: We didn't know there was such a thing as a "virtual camera." Did you? Find out about physical and virtual cameras in this quick recap.

03

Storytelling Through the Lens

Find out how filmmakers use cameras—including different shots, angles, and movements—to help tell their stories.

04

It's All About the Angle

The use of camera angles is a sneaky way filmmakers can enhance the intensity and emotion in their movies. Learn about 12 camera angles you can use in your own movie.

05

Move It, Camera

Sometimes filmmakers physically move and rotate the camera, too. Here are 8 kinds of camera movements you can use to tell your cinematic story.

For younger explorers

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Ever wonder what it looks like to make a movie? Go behind the scenes of the making of Diary of A Wimpy Kid.

read

15-30 minutes

What's behind the art of visual storytelling?

01

All About Cinematography

These days, anyone can turn on a camera and hit record—especially now that many people walk around with cameras right in their pockets, thanks to smart phones! But what is the art of cinematography really about?

For younger explorers

Visit a Movie Set

Read this short story about making a movie.

create

45-60 minutes

Remember storyboards from day 1 of this week? They're graphic organizers that plan the narrative for your movie—like a comic book for your film.

01

Create Your Storyboard

Storyboards are a powerful way to visually present information. The different boxes highlight the beginning, middle, and end of your story. Filmmakers use storyboards to be intentional about which camera movements and angles to use for each scene. Create your own virtual storyboard with this simulator.

CHECK IT OUT

If you get stuck, take a peek at this cheat sheet of different camera shots and angles for ideas.

For younger explorers

Build a Movie Set

Now you know that a movie "set" is the place where a movie is filmed. Pick a story you love, and think about where it takes place. Then create a movie set for that story using things from around your house, like your toys, pillows, and other objects. When your movie set is complete, have your parents take a picture to remember it.

play

15-30 minutes

Have some fun with your new movie knowledge.

01

Movie Word Puzzle

Test out your knowledge on movie-making terms with this cinematic crossword puzzle. (Feel free to Google the definitions if you get stuck.)

For younger explorers

Be the Director!

The director of a movie is in charge of everything on a movie set. (They get to say, "Lights! Camera! Action!" to begin filming a scene, and they yell "Cut!" when the scene is over.) Grab some of your toys and put yourself in charge: Pretend to be the director of your own movie!

move

30-60 minutes

It's time for the real deal: Making your movie.

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Make Your Movie

Go back to your storyboard you created today. Using the camera on your phone, film your movie. Try to use as many camera angles and movements as possible for dramatic effect. Once you're done filming, use your filmmaking app to edit your film once you're done.

Ask Your Parents: Film Maker Pro (for Android) and iMovie (for Apple) are both free apps for filmmaking, but make sure you check with a parent or guardian before downloading anything.

02

Bonus!

Add background music or sound effects to give your film more emotion.

03

PE with Coach Joe

Want more exercise today? Join Coach Joe for another fun fitness activity.

For younger explorers

Run the Red Carpet

Are you ready for the red carpet? Run and jump your way to the movies with this GoNoodle video.

more to explore

15-30 minutes

Need more movie-making in your life? Explore some more!

01

Movie Math

Wait, there's math in movie-making? Dig into how geometry helps bring Pixar movies to life.

02

More About Cinematography

Learn more about this very cool job.

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