Today started a five day camp in which the students will make a short film from an idea to a finished project. The kids are split into groups of two to write and produce their own stories and teamed up with a local filmmaker who acts as a coach to help bring their ideas to life.
On my team is Ana and Kenneth. I met Ana first and she sat down behind her book - which seemed thicker than she is tall, so I asked her about it and she timidly told me that it's from her favorite book series, Divergent, which just so happens to have been recently adapted as a motion picture. Then I got to meet Kenneth who also was very quiet when he sat down. Luckily, this wasn't my first time teaching a filmmaking class (Mallory and I taught as part of WGVU's Get Your Diploma Get Your Dream project) so I quickly put the project in their hands by explaining that the best films are inspired by real life experiences. We started by making a list of 8 things in their lives that made them laugh. Before I knew it they were sharing, writing, and laughing about their stories!
After we reached our goal of 8 ideas (and they actually came up with more than that) and narrowed it down, I showed them how to write it into a script and then how to create storyboards. By this time, some of the other groups had already finished and the room was getting rowdy around us. To my happy surprise, our group was so passionately involved in their story that they ignored the jokes and yells from the room around them and instead were intently bent over their storyboards discussing their script, close-ups shots, montages, and over-the-shoulder shots.
I couldn't be prouder of my team and I can't wait to see what it looks like as they head into production tomorrow!