Filmmaking for Children – An Art to Expand Their Creative Horizons
As parents, we all want the best for our kids. And as parents, we try to ensure that our children get the opportunities necessary to discover their true nature and learn the skills needed to develop into complete individuals. The idea is to let children try their hands on as many disciplines as possible and learn which of them will catch their fancy. Childhood these days has become a learning institution where schools and private lessons combine to make the most productive use of a kid’s time in a day.
Keeping in tandem with a similar approach, the latest trend going about is enrolling them for a class that teaches filmmaking for children. I can understand that the first reaction that you will have upon hearing about it will be – “How can an advanced art like filmmaking be taught to a child and exactly how helpful can it be for his/her growth?”
Filmmaking for children is of course an advanced level of art but the discipline will truly change the way they look at the world. It will help them learn the art of storytelling and create an interesting platform through which children can express their opinions and feelings. This unique advantage cannot be availed of as powerfully as this through any other art form.
When you think of filmmaking for children, these days there are many ways in which your kid can enrol himself/herself for learning the discipline. Let us take a look at few of them..
Most schools these days tie up with filmmaking academies for in-school workshops which are in built in their art curriculum. These courses are geared not only towards learning the basics of the art but also meant to be a team building and leadership instigation exercise.
After School classes are also available with most educational institutes for those children who want to take their interest in the area further ahead. Although this course might not be a part of their regular school curriculum, it will prove to be an added advantage. This way your child can go ahead with learning the art of filmmaking in an environment he is comfortable in – his school premises.
Most academies that teach filmmaking for kids also offer weekend workshops that offer fast track courses. These weekend workshops are held sporadically throughout the year. They are designed to give kids the chance to get involved without committing too much time.
Holiday courses involve a more intensive look into the art of filmmaking and usually engage children for a longer duration of time. They are designed to fit during their vacations and can thus be taken up as a summer learning activity. This is where the child will learn various aspects of filmmaking and can even take up advanced level courses if the activity falls within their interest.
About The Author
Children’s International Film Festival, or CIFF, is a non-profit yearly festival organized by The Film Studio FZ LLC, Dubai for teenagers and pre-teen. They organize filmmaking workshops and competitions to encourage young talent into film production. They move with an aim to set internationally recognized standard of excellence in films and videos created for children.