I picked up video lighting and backdrop equipment on e-bay for a steal! This mama has big plans for the summer…
I looked into video production, (scripting, filming, and pre- and post-engineer) programs and classes that the kids could take over the summer. To say that they are cost prohibitive isn’t completely accurate. However, for 1/3 of the cost of sending kids to video camps, I could just buy the equipment. So, I did. The kids are searching the web, mostly Youtube videos, for instructions to accomplish the things that they want to learn. Everything from the optimal distance a subject needs to be from the backdrop, to replacing the green screen with a different color or a photo.
Motivated kids, opportunity, time, and fun… better than any program I can involve them in!
My youngest is writing a play and wants to film it with her best friend. Of course, she’s tagged her brother for doing the engineering side of the project. I’m not sure what my oldest daughter will want to do with it yet, but I’m sure she’ll brainstorm something awesome. I want to record how-to craft and card classes. I think that would be fun! And my son wants to make a “not necessarily the news” broadcast.
I know what you’re thinking, “what about dad?” Well, he loves that he has his own photography studio, something that he always wanted. He is also enjoying being the SME for filming, set up, and lighting.
I can’t wait to see how much we can accomplish over the summer.