My children like to make their own videos, so I'm always on the lookout for good free resources they can use to help them with their creative endeavors. (Video Production also makes for a great high school elective). 

At the Pixar siteexplore activities and videos about creating the Story & Art, Modeling, Rigging, Surfaces, Sets & Cameras, Animation, Simulation, Lighting, and Rendering for Pixar’s films.

20 Video Project IdeasYou can do a lot these days with camera and audio features on cellphones and laptops. You can also create videos with material that already exists using a variety of apps. This article lists some fun ideas.

KidsVid  that looks interesting. It's got a number of instructional sections covering scriptwriting, camera shots, lighting and audio, the editing process, and formats for showcasing videos. There's also a section with some lessons that can be used in a classroom -- or for homeschoolers, a co-op or workshop environment.

Another good resource is 4H's Filmmaking Studio and WorkshopHere, you can watch 11 video workshop modules outlining the basics of filmmaking. 

For those students who may want to make video production a profession, another great way to get some training and experience with equipment in a real studio, is to check out your local public access stations. As a service to the community, they offer free classes in video production, editing, etc., using their equipment and studios. Some of the stations have classes that are catered specifically to high school students, and some offer internships.

My oldest daughter completed a Basic Studio class at our public access station, and she loved it. The classes were very "hands on," so she got thrown right in learning how to operate the cameras, basic lighting and set design, and also played the part of "talent" in a few of the class' variety shows. She was able to bring that experience to university, where she graduated with a BA in film, and got subsequent jobs working in Atlanta and Los Angeles as a production assistant and, currently, a social media manager.

Any homeschoolers out there doing video production in a co-op setting, or have any of you participated in a local access station class? Post a comment  or article.  I'd love to hear about your experiences.

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