We’ve put together the MyState Student Film Festival Resource Kit — a nifty booklet that includes all the details about the Festival. You can easily download your copy of the guide here:
The information superhighway can present a veritable gridlock of online resources for filmmakers. But we know you don't have time to go trawling through them all, so we’ve shortlisted some of our favourite sites to help you get started:
- The Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) have launched an online portal (AFTRS Media Lab) for teachers giving access to a range of media learning resources that aligns with the Australian School Curriculum and is designed to help build core creativity and storytelling capabilities. Downloadable student worksheets, instructional videos and creative challenges are easily accessible through the portal.
- The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) offers excellent production resources on their Film it website, including filmmaking guides, a free media library, a storyboard generator, expert video tutorials and an educators’ lounge.
- The ACMI website also includes an education page, with learning resources and suggested activities for students. While ACMI is based in Melbourne, many of the suggested activities could be adapted for Tasmanian students.
- The Mega Movie Making Guide for Kids is a great collection of filmmaking tips and information on topics ranging from scriptwriting, video shooting and editing, to sound effects and creating text and movie credits.
- Film Education is a UK website featuring teaching and learning resources for primary and secondary students. Topics include storytelling, sound, animation and activities related to curriculum topics such as English, maths and history.
- Teaching Ideas has a range of classroom filmmaking resources for primary school students, including storyboard and script templates, display resources, and classroom activities.
- Read Write Think is an excellent online resource for teachers. Students are introduced to the vocabulary of film as they go through the process of creating a short original movie. The site is filled with downloadable teaching tools and lesson plans and breaks down the process of filmmaking into easily understandable steps.
- Learn About Film is a UK organisation dedicated to educating young people about filmmaking. Their website features handy filmmaking guides for primary and secondary-aged students, and other useful information for teachers and students, including film planning, sound, cameras and equipment, and tips for making films using iPads and iPhones.