The Filmmaker's Army

The movies and television shows we enjoy always look effortlessly professional, but the truth is, the work involved in film production is anything but effortless. A thorough video on film production explains the departments below the line on a set, including production, sound, electric, special effects, hair and makeup, and wardrobe. The video also clarifies how the location and transportation departments work together when finding a place to film.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a worksheet with all of the jobs detailed in the video; have learners fill out the duties and responsibilities of each job as they watch
  • Include the video in a film class or when working on a filmmaking project in language arts or social studies
  • Encourage learners to volunteer on local movie or film sets as extras, interns, or runners
Classroom Considerations

  • Video is informative, but not particularly engaging
  • Most beneficial for film students or film enthusiasts who are interested in how a set works

  • Includes clips and images of familiar movies
  • Helpful graphic organizer 

  • None
Common Core