Video is one of the most popular mediums today. One-third of online activity is spent watching videos, according to Wordstream, an online marketing company. And by 2019, video is projected to claim more than 80% of all online traffic.

It’s also a natural medium for today’s students. With video production, students can use their creativity and tech skills to produce their own videos. From equipment and storyboarding to visual effects and editing, they can learn the fundamentals of creating anything from a feature-length film to a viral social media clip.

Getting Started with Video Production

To get some background information on video production, watch the video below. It provides basic information for young, aspiring filmmakers about producing a video, including tips on lighting, editing and camera equipment. At this stage, students are only receiving an introduction to video production and won’t need in-depth knowledge to get started.

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And it doesn’t take much to incorporate video production into your afterschool program. There are a range of quality video cameras for under $100. If resources are limited, students can also use phones or tablets to capture video. And you don’t have to invest in expensive video editing software. The following video creation apps are kid-friendly and they’ll help students write narratives, create storyboards and organize their productions:

A great video doesn’t happen by chance. Creating a solid plan can help students easily move from ideation to production. Here are a few steps to take before creating a great video production:

  1. Decide what type of video you want to produce. Will it be informational or just for fun? Can you execute the production with the available resources? Will it be documentary style or filled with action? Select your video topic and format before starting.
  2. Gather the video equipment needed for the production. Basic equipment and tools needed are the camera, tripod, costumes or cue cards.
  3. Write the script. Create a rough outline of what needs to happen when and what needs to be said when to make sure the production flows smoothly.
  4. Plan the shoot. Choose the set location, notify the actors, select the time of day, etc.
  5. Execute! Keep your plan on hand, but leave room for creativity.

Video production is a great way to introduce students to new technology while fostering creativity. For video production ideas for students, check out 20 Video Project Ideas to Engage Students and 10 Video Project Ideas Every Teacher Should Try.