A collaboratively made student production. Cheese is a short action film. It is discussed in detail in a chapter of a forthcoming book.
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In production, students go out and shoot the script. A production crew consists of a director, camera person, one or more actors, and a “marker”-- a person who documents on a dry erase board what scene, shot, and take the crew is on and displays it in front of the camera before each shot.
After a location is settled on, the director positions the actors and gives them direction as well as their lines. Too often this is the first time the actors have seen the script but this trend is changing as directors, tired of acting that sounds like reading, are now giving scripts to the actors to take home and study. Meanwhile, the camera person gets in position and deals with any issues that might come up such as backlighting or awkward actor positioning.
The Zia Elementary School Video Club was started by me, the club sponsor, in the 2006-2007 school year. That first year, we had approximately 8 kids, interestingly all girls. Since then, the club has grown each year in numbers of students as well as the quantity and quality of videos. This year we have 20 students and we’ve had to turn children away due to a lack of adults available to supervise the students.
Nearly all of our student productions are narratives so they all start with a script. The script is written using one of two styles, an “Audio-Visual” (AV) format or a standard screenplay format.