Parents, are your kids interested in video editing but don’t know how to get started? Teachers, do your students want to make a video for their film class but don’t have enough of time to finish the project in school? If so, then this article is for you.
Many libraries, schools, and recreation centers offer a wide range of clubs and after-school activities for kids. If your kid is interested in video editing then how about starting a video editing/film club? Video editing can be a great way for kids to learn about something that’s creative and technical. If they want to be an animator, videographer, visual/graphic artist, this is one subject they should study when they are young. Listed below are all the essentials you’ll need to start your video editing club.
What You’ll Need
Video Editing Program
Many professional programs are expensive now-a-days, but there are many free programs you can use to make an awesome video. Check out KidLit TV’s list of video editing programs.
If you are a teacher your school can buy a license for the professional programs so your students will be able to learn about what types of software the professional video editors use.
Props & Costumes
If you’re making a film about a circus, you’re going to need a lot of frilly, colorful outfits and fun props. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. This means you can go to a garage sale find all kinds of costumes or props and take them home for your film! Your kids can also make their own costumes out of household products, felt, old sheets, lace, toilet paper rolls, etc. This is also a great way to teach kids about recycling!
Every filmmaker needs a camera! Here are a few that the KidLit TV team recommends:
The D3300’s 24.2 produces results that are similar to the pricier Nikon DSLRs. This is also a very easy camera to use. Its clever Guide Mode is a useful learning tool that gives explanations of important features and is easy-to-use for your young filmmakers.
The D3200 matches its replacement’s (the D3300) awesome 5 frames-per-second continuous shooting speed and is also easy to use for beginners!
Canon EOS Rebel T3i
If you’re looking for an easy-to-use camera that will create your next masterpiece, be sure to check out the EOS Rebel T3i. With easy operation, compact design and no-compromise performance this camera is perfect for anyone who’s a beginner or advanced user.
No movie is complete without audio! Music captures emotions and really spruces up a film. Some free audio websites you can visit are:
Sound effects can transport your audience into the world of your movie. Here are free sound effect sites:
Studio lighting can be extremely expensive. So why not make your own DIY Lighting? You can pick up a set of LED lights online for under $40. Definitely worth the investment! Watch this video to find out how you can replicate professional lighting at a cheaper price.
Royalty Free Video Footage
If your movie takes place in a rodeo, but you don’t live anywhere near one, be sure to download Royalty Free Video Footage. There are many websites you can browse through to find this footage. Some include:
Do your kids want fly in outer space but don’t have a rocket ship? If so, be sure to get a green screen so when you edit your video you can make it look like you’re traveling into space! There are ways to make a DIY Green Screen, such as using a green, old sheet or painting a wall green, but here’s a video that teaches you how to make one!
The most important essential is teamwork. Video editing alone can get boring, but when you work together it can be so much fun. Be sure to set some rules for your club, set up a meeting place and discuss how your project will turn out before you start pre-production.
No club is complete with its official logo! But how will you show off your club’s awesome new logo? Creating and distributing flyers is a great way to let people know about your club. It’s also a way to show off your artistic abilities. You can make your flyers by hand or use free image editing programs such as Canva or Pixlr.
Video editing is one way to get your kids active in social groups while they learn something creative and technical. If you start a video editing club in your school or library, we would love to hear about it.