Educational resources to teach students about good digital citizenship,
intellectual property and copyright through the lens of film and TV.

How to Make a Movie

Making short films and documentaries is now part of everyday teaching and learning. There is an abundance of information about filmmaking – but for making films in a classroom, finding an appropriate, relevant and concise guide is difficult.

How to Make a Movie is an invaluable practical guide designed for primary and secondary teachers as well as their students, and can be applied across the curriculum nationally. This resource:

  • Assists students to learn basic film vocabulary
  • Outlines the steps to making a film, from pre-production, scripting and storyboarding, planning and shooting, to editing and distribution
  • Features a clear visual guide to a variety of camera shots and angles
  • Offers advice about permissions and copyright, including music (with useful links)
  • Provides a comprehensive glossary, handy tips and ideas to foster creativity

How to Make a Movie is written by educators, with interviews and input from people working in the industry.

For a more detailed guide to the process of filmmaking, see our expanded resource Making Movies.

Click here to download our Resources & Links for making a movie

Curriculum Connections

This resource was created in line with the cross-curriculum priorities of ACARA. How to Make a Movie provides opportunities to add depth and richness to learning across a range of subjects – from HSIE, English and ICT to Science, Maths & Media Arts – for Primary and Secondary school students.

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