Actors! Make Your Own Movie

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Calling all actors and content creators! Join this self-paced class to learn how to create your own mini movie. Go beyond creating random Tik Tok videos and start creating short videos that will not only improve your acting skills, but also help you stand out as an actor online. Casting directors don’t search social media looking for funny videos of actors doing “instant” clothing changes or seek out YouTube accounts of kids showing off their gaming skills. Instead of using social media to “get acting work” or to “get seen”, this class focuses on helping young actors use social media to create acting work. 

Each week, actors will be given a prompt for their movie project. Actors will learn to create a variety of short movies– both scripted and unscripted. Students will receive short instructional videos (approximately 15 minutes each) that share the concept of the week and provide instructions. Students will use Canva to create their storyboard and at times they will use Google Docs to write their script or concept. 



Students are encouraged to share their mini movie on the class Q&A page. The instructor will place feedback/ comments on the student’s artistic work. The goal is to help artists create work and share it with others regardless of whether it is perfect. 

Common Questions:

+ My child does not having acting experience. Should they take this course?

This class is designed for students with acting experience, on camera experience (YouTube creators), or those interested in directing. Students without any acting experience who are interested in learning acting should check out Acting Class for Teens Level 1.

+ My child wants to be a director and make movies. Should they take this course?

Students who are interested in directing and not being on camera, can still benefit from this course. They will still learn storytelling and video editing.

+ My child wants is a YouTuber. Should they take this course?

This course can help your YouTuber with creating more unique videos and planning their work. If your child only wants to speak to the camera, then our  Intro to Video Editing Using Canva course may be a better fit, since it provides video editing techniques that are suitable for that type of content creation.

+ My child uses a DSLR Camera. Should they take this course?

Students will need to record their movie using an electronic device. Learners should feel comfortable operating their device’s microphone and camera.  Students may use any recording device of their choosing, but a smartphone is found to be the easiest and fastest. This course is focused on editing and recording techniques. It does not include special instructions related to recording settings for a smartphone or DSLR camera.

+ My child uses a Final Cut Pro. Should they take this course?

This class focuses on Canva being used for editing, but students can use these techniques on most common video editing software/ apps.

+ Do we have to pay for Canva?

Canva is a free online editing platform. It’s can be accessed using a web browser from a computer or laptop. There is a Canva app that can be downloaded for usage on a tablet or smartphone. A paid Canva account is not required in order to benefit from the techniques in this online course. We do not recommend getting a paid account until the end of the course, as this will allow you to confirm that your child is serious about continued usage of the software. All techniques offered are done so using a free Canva account. You will have to provide an email address to sign up for Canva for free.

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What Will You Learn?

  • How to edit a short movie in Canva-
  • How to Plan a Project (Outlining, Storyboarding)
  • Basic Cinematography Concepts (lighting, point of view, sound)
  • Basic Film Editing Concepts (sound editing, video editing)

Course Content

Week 1| Getting Started with Video Editing
A brief introduction regarding what to expect in this course, why actors might want to make their own videos, how making mini movies differs from TikToks and social media content, and a tutorial on how understanding Canva's editing tools.

  • Getting Started with Video Editing

Week 2| Plan your work: Concept & Storyboarding
Students are guided through how to write out a story concept and how to storyboard their ideas in Canva.

Week 3| Shooting: Camera Angles and Moving Cameras

Week 4| Lighting: Creative Lighting

Week 5| Textures: Incorporating the Senses
A brief walk through on how to incorporate the five senses in storytelling and how they can impact mood.

Week 6| Sound: Music and Feeling
A brief walk through on how to manipulate sound and how to edit audio in Canva.

Week 7| Perspective: Understanding P.O.V.
A brief walk through on how to different shots can change the audiences point of view as well as how distance from the subject and further establish mood.

Week 8| Visual Tricks: Playing Dual Roles
A brief walk through on how different shots can change the audiences point of view, as well as how distance from the subject can further establish mood.

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