Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Career Day

You know you've arrived in life when you're asked to speak at your child's Career Day. "Filmmaker" is just too unusual a career choice to pass up, I suppose.

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!


Blogger BK Garceau said...

is there anyway to capture your presentation on film? lol

Good choice for the cut of the XL-H1; as far as ideas maybe you could do an example of an idea through the stages of the process by asking the first graders to give you a basic idea... and then take them through it all...

wow ... this is tough! Have fun with it and good luck!

3/13/2008 12:11 AM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

Hey, good luck, Chris. That sounds like fun. First graders will love it. I remember when I was in first grade, I wanted to be a movie director; perhaps if I had actually met a real live one, I might have gone on to become one.

Perhaps a very brief clip (2 or 3 minutes) from one of your movies would do, if you can find a scene that would be appropriate for 6-year-olds.

Don't hesitate to ask the teacher for guidelines. I'm sure they would have a much better idea than you of what would and wouldn't work with first graders.

3/14/2008 8:09 AM  

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