Girl Improved’s smART of FILMMAKING

A Club for Learning Filmmaking Skills Using Your Smartphone

 

Imagine a world where girls of all shapes, colors and ages are represented equally and with respect in the media. Now quit imagining – and join the club – it’s FREE!

What is the smArt of Filmmaking Club? **CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO**

Each month, you are given a set of parameters to follow. Then you create a 2-3 minute piece that you bring to the club session. At the meeting, your content is screened and feedback is given by a panel of peers and sometimes pros. WAIT — Do you have a film camera? Nope. How about fancy editing software? Uh-uh. Any money? Ehh…right. Don’t worry. That won’t stop you from making and sharing your stories. Because we live in the day and age of the smArtPhone! Through the monthly feedback sessions, you are going to learn by doing: you will write, produce, and direct short, narrative films using what you DO have: SmartPhones (or tablets)!

STAY TUNED FOR OUR NEXT MEETING

Date: TBD | Location: TBD

FREE!

SPACE IS LIMITED. IMPORTANT! The first 7 films are guaranteed feedback. The next 5 films will be viewed, but not reviewed.

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REGISTRATION OPENS SOON

We’ll be setting the date for our next meeting soon!

HOW TO BE smART:

 

  1. Read the parameters for this month;
  2. Register to attend;
  3. Create a short, narrative (that means fiction) piece that follows this month’s parameters AND the Girl Improved manifest (at least 50% of the characters are females with clear-cut goals not centered around romance — in case you forgot) – make sure it’s family-friendly;
  4. Submit your film via YouTube and/or Dropbox (we must receive a downloadable copy of the film);
  5. Show up at the smArt of Filmmaking club meeting and receive useful feedback, which will help you hone your skills.
  6. Note: We sometimes film the process for educational use and marketing purposes. Participants must be willing to sign an Image and Creative Content release.

Follow us on Facebook for updates and join this month’s smArt of Filmmaking Event. That’s it! See you soon. (Note: Like helping young filmmakers? Guest Filmmaker Mentors are always welcome, please contact us. We’ll need you for about 2 volunteer hrs.)

PARAMETERS

MARCH PARAMETERS

  • Inspiration: Create a narrative piece inspired by a color.
  • Challenge: The entire piece must be shot from a first-person perspective (or POV).

ALWAYS:

    1. Music must be royalty free!
      1. You can find royalty free music on YouTube –> Video Manager –> Creator Studio –> Create –> Audio Library
    2. Use no more than 3 people in each scene.
    3. Keep it 3 minutes or less.
    4. Get your talent to sign releases.
    5. Follow the Girl Improved Manifest: At least 50% of the characters are females with clear-cut goals not centered around romance.

FEBRUARY PARAMETERS

 

 

  • Create a narrative piece inspired by a song that is written or performed by a female.
  • Include at least one scene with no dialogue, underscored by music.

ALWAYS:

    1. Music must be royalty free! (Note: This means you probably won’t be able to use the song that inspires your film in your piece – ahhh…. BIG challenge.)
      1. You can find free music on YouTube –> Video Manager –> Creator Studio –> Create –> Audio Library
    2. Use no more than 3 people.
    3. Keep it 3 minutes or less.
    4. Follow the Girl Improved Manifest: At least 50% of the characters are females with clear-cut goals not centered around romance.

JANUARY PARAMETERS

 

 

  • Create a narrative piece inspired by your favorite book.

ALWAYS:

    1. Music must be royalty free! (Note: This means you probably won’t be able to use the song that inspires your film in your piece – ahhh…. BIG challenge.)
      1. You can find free music on YouTube –> Video Manager –> Creator Studio –> Create –> Audio Library
    2. Use no more than 3 people.
    3. Keep it 3 minutes or less.
    4. Follow the Girl Improved Manifest: At least 50% of the characters are females with clear-cut goals not centered around romance.

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Important Details: **CLICK HERE - MUST READ**
  • DUE TO LIMITED SPACE, YOU MUST HAVE A FILM TO ATTEND. *Parents are welcome to sit in the lobby, but there is no room for additional viewers.
  • AGES: We’re not really picky about the ages. You just have to have made the video yourself (YOU, not your parents), you have to be mature enough to handle constructive criticism, and to be able to apply those suggestions to future films. In general, this seems to be around the age of 12 and up, but if you can do it at a younger age, we’ll welcome you into the fold!
  • RELEASE: Our smArt Club meetings are filmed. We are creating educational videos of the process to help other smArties on the web. All filmmakers must sign an image and creative content release. There is no pay. In exchange, the club meetings and feedback are free for the filmmakers.
  • SUBMISSIONS: You must send a link to YouTube or Dropbox before we can include you in the line-up. If you post on YouTube, you must also send us a downloadable link via Dropbox. Your films will be included in our educational video and the promotion, so we need to ensure that we have a copy to work with.
  • ARRIVAL: Meeting begins promptly at 5pm. However, the filmmakers must arrive early (4:30pm) for quick interviews.
Why is the Girl Improved smART of FILMMAKING Project necessary? It’s no secret that women comprise only 26% of the creators in the film industry. In the 1980s, psychologist Carol Dweck conducted a series of studies on 5th grade girls and boys. Subsequent research proved that “bright girls believe that their abilities are innate and unchangeable, while bright boys believe that they can develop ability through effort and practice.” Thus, the higher the girl’s IQ, the more likely she is to give up when presented with something particularly challenging or complicated. The girls from this study are the players in today’s industry. Perhaps our brilliant girls are defeating themselves? When confronted with the challenges and obstacles inherent to filmmaking, perhaps our girls simply feel they’re not smart enough to do it. By giving girls the skills needed to craft original stories easily, economically and efficiently, the Girl Improved smArt of Filmmaking Project will begin to tackle the doubt that comes with filmmaking challenges and prepare the generation of creators needed to break the glass ceiling in the entertainment industry.