What’s the aim of the activity?
- To produce a short campaign video.
- To give the group the opportunity to be creative and learn new skills.
- To encourage teamwork.
What equipment do we need?
Flipcam and batteries.
Paper to write down the group’s ideas.
Any props and costumes etc to make the films dynamic.
Laptop and speakers to play the film and if possible a projector screen.
How do we do it?
1. Get the group into a circle and explain that the aim of the activity is to produce a short campaign film. Ask the group who the audience of the video is and how they would like the audience to respond after watching their film.
2. If you don’t already have an idea for a campaign, think about: What do you want to change in your local area, what’s missing, what needs to be made better? Any personal stories? What would you like to do to make your local area better and what help/ support would you need? What would your local area be like if your changes happened?
3. Make a note of the ideas and decide which would be the best to make a film about. Use the storyboard template to plan the different shots and scenes for the video.
4. Ensure that everyone in the group has a role in the film making process (people can be involved in more than one area). The roles are:
Directors –These people are responsible for planning what to say (use planning template).
Creative – These people are in charge of how things are said and how things look on camera e.g. rap, the video being shot with someone speaking to a mirror, whether to use props (use storyboard template).
Film stars – These are the people who feature in the film.
Camera man/woman –These are the people in charge of actually filming.
5. Play the film to everyone in the group and decide what to do next!
How much time will it take?
This activity should last a couple of hours, depending on the size of the group and length of film.
What roles can staff and volunteers play?
Above all else be enthusiastic, encourage everyone to take part and make sure everyone’s voice is listened to.
Someone should take note of ideas and help to film where needed. HCAs, staff and volunteer can help the young people to communicate their ideas, help the young peo-ple to move around the room and generally support young people to actively take part.