Moviemaking

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Moviemaking requires prior counselor approval for requirement(s) #3a.

Cinematography merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1990
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID: 126
Requirements revision: 2009
Latest pamphlet revision: 2008

Contents

Cinematography includes the fundamentals of producing motion pictures, including the use of effective light, accurate focus, careful composition (or arrangement), and appropriate camera movement to tell stories. In earning the badge, Scouts will also learn to develop a story and describe other pre- and postproduction processes necessary for making a quality motion picture.


Moviemaking merit badge requirements

  1. Discuss and demonstrate the proper elements of a good motion picture. In your discussion, include visual storytelling, rhythm, the 180-axis rule, camera movement, framing and composition of camera shots, and lens selection.
  2. Do the following:
    a. In a three- or four-paragraph treatment, tell the story you plan to produce, making sure that the treatment conveys a visual picture.
    b. Prepare a storyboard for your motion picture (This can be done with rough sketches and stick figures.)
    c. Demonstrate the following motion picture shooting techniques.
    1. Using a tripod
    2. Panning a camera
    3. Framing a shot
    4. Selecting an angle
    5. Selecting proper lighting
    6. Hand-held shooting
    d. Using motion picture techniques, plan ONE of the following programs. Start with a treatment, and complete the requirement by presenting this program to a pack or your troop, patrol, or class.
    1. Film or videotape a court of honor and show it to an audience.
    2. Create a short feature of your own design using the techniques you learned.
    3. Shoot a vignette that could be used to train a new Scout in a Scouting skill.
  3. Do ONE of the following:
    1. With your parent's permission and your counselor's approval, visit a film set or a television production studio and watch how production work is done.
    2. Explain to your counselor the elements of the zoom lens and three important parts.
  4. Find out about three career opportunities in moviemaking. Pick one and find out about the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this career with your counselor. Explain why this profession might interest you.



The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2014 Edition (BSA Supply No. 33216 - SKU# 619576)

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Notes

Worksheet A FREE workbook for Moviemaking is available here! Adobe Acrobat PDF
with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need!
Or click here to print just the Moviemaking requirements.
meritbadge.org has PDF and DOC versions of
Boy Scout merit badge workbooks,
Webelos workbooks, and Cub Scout workbooks.
  1. Per the BSA: "You should read the merit badge pamphlet on the subject." Pamphlets (books) are at local Scout Shops and online at ScoutStuff.org.
  2. "Get a signed Merit Badge application from your Scoutmaster." An online, printable Word doc file version is available.
  3. Eagle Scout Stephen Spielberg helped develop Cinematography.
  4. Moviemaking is a rare merit badge!


Requirement resources

1:180 Degree Axis Rule and Coverage

Kodak's Glossary of Film / Video Terms
Types of Lenses

2. Working with Cinematic Techniques An activity from College Board

How to Write a Movie Script
How To Make & Edit Videos
Editing2
Making a Film

2b. How to Prepare a Storyboard

2d. Court of Honor

3b. How a Zoom Lens Works- Text and graphic explanation

What's Inside a Zoom Lens
How Does a Zoom Lens Work?

4. Motion Picture and Film Industries Information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Related awards

Art-related awards


See also

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Varsity Scout portal
Venturing portal

General Merit Badge information


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