On Friday, I'll be speaking to several classes full of first graders, explaining what I do. I am at a loss as to how to explain this effectively and engagingly to six year olds, but I'm working on it. For one thing, I'm bringing a large HDV camera (the Canon XL-H1 -- because it cuts an impressive pose on a tripod), and I'm planning on throwing together a powerpoint presentation with photos to emphasize the various parts of the process (script, preproduction/planning, production, postproduction).
I'm hoping to find a way to make that interesting for them. If you have any ideas, let me know!