Movie Making Merit Badge

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Discuss and demonstrate the proper elements of a good motion picture. In your discussion, include visual storytelling, rhythm, the 180-axis rule, camera movement, framing and composition of camera shots, and lens selection.

Do the following:
a. In a three- or four-paragraph treatment, tell the story you plan to produce, making sure that the treatment conveys a visual picture.
b. Prepare a storyboard for your motion picture (This can be done with rough sketches and stick figures.)
c. Demonstrate the following motion picture shooting techniques.
1. Using a tripod
2. Panning a camera
3. Framing a shot
4. Selecting an angle
5. Selecting proper lighting
6. Hand-held shooting
d. Using motion picture techniques, plan ONE of the following programs. Start with a treatment, and complete the requirement by presenting this program to a pack or your troop, patrol, or class.

1. Film or videotape a court of honor and show it to an audience.

2. Create a short feature of your own design using the techniques you learned.

3. Shoot a vignette that could be used to train a new Scout in a Scouting skill.
Do ONE of the following:
1. With your parent’s permission and your counselor’s approval, visit a film set or a television production studio and watch how production work is done.
2. Explain to your counselor the elements of the zoom lens and three important parts.
Find out about three career opportunities in moviemaking. Pick one and find out about the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this career with your counselor. Explain why this profession might interest you.


Requirement resources 

1:180 Degree Axis Rule and Coverage

Kodak’s Glossary of Film / Video Terms
Types of Lenses

2Working with Cinematic Techniques An activity from College Board

How to Write a Movie Script
How To Make & Edit Videos
Making a Film

2bHow to Prepare a Storyboard

2dCourt of Honor

3bHow a Zoom Lens Works– Text and graphic explanation

What’s Inside a Zoom Lens
How Does a Zoom Lens Work?

4Motion Picture and Film Industries Information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

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