Student Filmmaking


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George Lucas, Director, Star Wars

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Filming of The Great Race, 1965.
"The script is what you've dreamed up-this is what it should be. The film is what you end up with." George Lucas

"When you're making a movie, you can't think anybody will ever see it. You've just got to make a movie for the values it has. The greatest films were made because someone really wanted to make them. And, hopefully, the audience will show up, too." Clint Eastwood

"I've really only had one (dream) since I got into this business at 13 years old, which was to be in this business forever. Once I did my first television commercial, I caught that itch and that bug. I want to be a part of pieces of art – as far as cinema is concerned – that people will want to see for generations to come. That's my dream." Leonardo DiCaprio

"I look for a thematic idea running through my movies and I see that it's the outsider struggling for recognition. I realize that all my life I've been an outsider, and above all, being lonely but never realizing it." Martin Scorsese

"Pick up a camera. Shoot something. No matter how small, no matter how cheesy, no matter whether your friends and your sister star in it. Put your name on it as director. Now you're a director. Everything after that you're just negotiating your budget and your fee." James Cameron

"A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something." Frank Capra


Make a Movie!


We have great hopes that several feature-length student-produced films will come out of The Great Race - Global Collaborative Classrooms Project.

Making a film is no small undertaking, but it is one of the best experiences a student can have. The wonderful thing about it is that you do not have to abandon the content standards and disciplines in order to create a feature-length film. It is an experience that goes far beyong the traditional, outdated curriculum, and an experience that your students will never forget!

We will be bringing you information and resources for student filmmaking. In the meantime, please visit our beginning Media Production page for resources, and also visit the links below to read about actual students and teachers who have used filmmaking as education. They will inspire you!

Please visit these wonderful links to videos and articles on student filmmaking at Edutopia.org:

Reading Film: the Story of Movies - Martin Scorsese champions the use of filmmaking as curriculum. See the related article.

Cinema Program: Cultivating a Career in Film

Making Tracks: Students Learn the Art and Music of Film

Film School

Resources:

Contact the following departments at nearby universities:
  • RTF - Radio/Television/Film - perhaps there are some professors who would be interested in helping you with your project. There also may be some graduate students who would like to work with you on your project as credit for an independent study, or as the subject for their thesis or dissertation!
  • Business School - Advertising and Marketing - help with using art and music in creation of television commercials, print ads, and more.
  • Drama/Theater Production

Contact your local:
  • Public Television Station. Many have equipment and facilities for television production. They offer classes at reduced rates, or free, in all aspects of television production. They can help your student plan, produce and broadcast a show or a PSA (public service announcement.) They can also probably assist in technical skills, equipment and facilities for your documentary or film production.
  • Actor's Guilds
  • Theater Companies

Please send us your ideas and suggested resources! Director@21stCenturySchools.com