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During this trying time, UC San Diego Extension remains committed to helping you achieve your goals. In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have moved this summer’s Sally Ride Science Junior Academy workshops online. These online STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) workshops for students entering 4th-12th grade will be conducted through virtual class meetings using the Zoom conferencing system and the learning platform Canvas.

Tell Your Story Through Filmmaking


Filmmaking is a powerful vehicle for making sense of our lives and sharing the stories we want to tell. Learn the skills you need, from scripting and storyboarding to editing and audio, to express your point of view through creation of short films.

We will start with an introduction to film theory and move on to the basics of video production, including composition, editing and audio. Students will consider the role stories play in our everyday lives and think about the stories they want to tell. Then, working in groups, students will storyboard, script, film and edit their own short films. Group members will switch roles throughout the week to gain exposure to various facets of filmmaking. We will watch rough cuts of each other’s work and offer constructive critiques. In addition to producing their own videos, students will watch and discuss a variety of short films.

What You Will Learn

  • Get an introduction to film theory and storytelling techniques
  • Become familiar with the language of filmmaking
  • Consider the role of films as cultural productions
  • Learn basic techniques of video production
  • Watch and analyze several short films
  • Learn to recognize elements in video-making and know how to use them to tell interesting stories
  • Practice brainstorming film ideas and storyboarding
  • Get an overview of composition techniques and learn to compose proper shots
  • Learn to use editing software to compose a film
  • Work in groups to storyboard, script, shoot and edit their own short film


Note: During the first week of Junior Academy, this class is shortened to four days because of the Fourth of July holiday. A five-day version of the class, Basics of Filmmaking, is offered later in the academy.

Return to the Sally Ride Science Junior Academy website here.

Course Number: ART-90055
Credit: 0.00 unit(s)