Mindful & Expressive: Film Outlets

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Films can be about anything. Creating a short film may seem daunting but this is an opportunity to work together to create a cohesive story that can be filmed & kept as a family home video.


Make a short film requires more time than most of our other stand-alone activities, and may in fact take up the entire three weeks your family dedicates to the Mindful & Expressive program. That’s okay! If you are willing to put in the time and learn some easy basics of shooting and editing video, the short film project can open boundaries to frank, necessary conversations about honesty in your family & create memories that will last a lifetime!

Step 1

We suggest starting this activity with a brainstorming session for a story to write (the formatting can be traditional script type or whatever is easiest for the whole family to read).

Remember, this is just a rough idea & you can change the story as you progress with your creation! Having a foundation to begin your film on will make it much easier to communicate with one another and help to limit confusion as well.

Step 2

After the script, determine actors and other jobs that the family will fill. Who will direct, work the camera, manage outfits?

This isn’t a Hollywood film, but delegating responsibilities will once again help with communication.

Step 3

Once this is complete, start creating! It’s that simple!

Spread out filming over one–two weeks while the last week is reserved for editing (there are easy editing tools that are also free for amateur editors to use). Then host a premier night for your family made film! Create fun snacks & gather your popcorn in the living room as you watch a fun memory together!

For tips on filming and editing, check out the following helpful links to guide you in the film creation process! Have fun creating! 

DaVinci Resolve 16: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve/

Apple iMovie: https://www.apple.com/imovie/

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