Resources for Students


Online Information on Video Production:

Media College. Fantastic, free lessons.  Most production questions can be answered here.

Vimeo Video School Vimeo tutorials are created by the Vimeo membership.  Another valuable resource.

What is A Storyboard? If you’d really like to clarify how your film will be shot, a storyboard can be a valuable tool.  Ask a classmate to illustrate your scenes for a more organized production.

All American High School Film Festival – Giant traveling festival sponsored by the SF film society with at least 17 categories, celebrities and $200000 given out last year.

Heartland High School Film Competition – Launched in 2010, the High School Film Competition encourages tomorrow’s filmmakers to create films that inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of the artform.

SXSW Film Festival – Premiere your film in front of press, film industry leaders and film lovers as well as tech and music professionals. Submit your film to the 2017 SXSW Film Festival.

Phantoscope – Highschool Film Festival

The White House Student Film Festival

New York Film Academy – List of Film Festivals

Reel Youth Film Festival

Books on Video Production:

Digital Filmmaking for Teens – Authors Pete Shaner and Gerald Everett Jones.“Digital Filmmaking for Teens” emphasizes Hollywood–style moviemaking, the way the pros do it. You’ll learn how to tell your story on a budget, using tips from industry veterans. Not sure where to start? No problem. You’ll cover each step—from developing your idea and writing a script to planning for production, shooting, and editing. “Digital Filmmaking for Teens” includes an amazing DVD packed with advice, instructional videos, and examples. Review. Source: Premier Press, Paperback, Bk&CD edition, Published December 2004, 237 pages, ISBN 1592006035.

Filmmaking for Teens: Pulling Off Your Shorts – Authors Troy Lanier and Clay Nichols. Teens, more than any other demographic group, are being assaulted by a never ending stream of media junk food. This hip and irreverent basic guide book to the filmmaking craft empowers teens to stop consuming and start creating quality work with step-by-step instructions on writing, producing, directing, and distributing short film or video projects. Today, a teen with a camera and a vision; tomorrow, the next Speilberg? Review. Source:Michael Wiese Productions (April 25, 2005) 192 pages, 140 photos and original illustrations ISBN: 1932907041

Making Movies: A Guide for Young Filmmakers – A detailed production guide that takes you step-by-step through the filmmaking process from story concept to completed film. The manual includes tips from the experts, hands-on exercise, an 8-week filming schedule and more! Note you must fill-out a form that ask for name and e-mail address. Check with parent or teacher before downloading. Once registered you can then select the chapters from the manual that you wish to print. Source: The Film Foundation Download.

Making Real-Life Videos – In his new book Making Real-Life Videos, filmmaker and media educator Matthew Williams offers a complete overview of documentary filmmaking. Designed for people who have little or no experience using digital video, it can be used by children, teens, and adults. What is a documentary aside from its ability to document real people and events? “The raw footage usually captures reality,” says Williams, “but once it is assembled or edited together with sound effects, narration, music, text, and other visual representation, it becomes manipulated into something else. That something else is called a documentary.” Beginning with a complete overview of documentary filmmaking, Williams teaches step-by-step instructions on how to create exciting personal documentaries including basic production concepts and processes. Chapters cover: Planning and shooting a documentary – Writing treatments – Interviewing tips – Shooting voiceover – Storyboarding – Writing and shooting dramatizations – Editing and postproduction – Camera movement, angles, and operation – Working with audio. Allworth Press. ISBN number is 1581154151.

Girl Director: A How-To Guide for the First-Time, Flat-Broke Film and Video Maker Chock-full of fascinating photographs and colorful directives, Andrea Richards’s GIRL DIRECTOR is an instruction manual, history lesson, scrapbook, and celebration of women and film rolled into one. Director and cinephile Andrea Richards all but hands the reader a camera as she raucously paves the way for young women to make their own films. Sharing tales of the coolest femme filmmakers from history and recounting advice from the best women directors now in the business, Richards explains step by step how anyone can make a film using a standard video camera. Covering such topics as screenwriting, storyboards, set design, editing, distribution, Claymation, music videos, film festivals, and the digital revolution, GIRL DIRECTOR is a must-have handbook for the aspiring auteur of any age. Paperback, 121 pages Published April 1st 2005 by Ten Speed Press ISBN 1580086756 (ISBN13: 9781580086752)


Research:  —  Outstanding papers written by Texas middle and high-school students brought to you by the U.T. history dept.  —  Videos and Tutorials, Tips for Research, Learning Commons Workshops, Handouts and Recordings — Free and online.

History:  —  /junior-historians/home – excellent program with a member-at-large option for $7/yr.  Writing contest featured in Other Contests.  – Great free links for Texas History. They Publish Texas heritage Magazine and you can become a member by buying a subscription for $35/yr. – Publications and resources on Texas History  —  Find great Texas historical roadtrip/fieldtrip ideas and possible free historical sets.

Oral History:  —  Thorough and well organized directions for oral history process.  All text.  —  Good, text and photos.

Photography:  —  Free and easy bite-sized pieces.  —  Outstanding films made by Texas middle and high-school students brought to you by the U.T. history dept.

Powerful Photography Tips for Amazing Photos – Harness these 7 simple principles to jump start your photography.

2016 High School Photo Contest

High school Physics Photo Contest – For many years this contest has provided teachers and students an opportunity to learn about the physics behind natural and contrived situations by creating visual and written illustrations of various physical concepts.

50+ Awesome Art Competitions for High School Students – This article contains a comprehensive list of local, national and international high school Art competitions for students aged 13–18 years.

River of Words international art and poetry contest – The River of Words international art and poetry contest is open to any child in the world, from 5 to 19 years of age, who has not yet completed high school.

Website Design:  —  Outstanding websites made by Texas middle and high-school students brought to you by the U.T. history dept.  —  Super easy.

Poetry/Writing:  —  Great descriptions of the different types of poetry with examples.

Princeton University Poetry Contest for High School Students – The Program in Creative Writing’s Princeton University Poetry Contest for High School Students recognizes outstanding work by student writers in the 11th grade.

Poetic Power – Writing Contest for Middle School & High School Students

River of Words – The River of Words international art and poetry contest is open to any child in the world, from 5 to 19 years of age, who has not yet completed high school.

Gannon University Poetry Contest – Entrants must be a high school student or a home-schooled student in grades nine through twelve. Students from anywhere in the United States may enter. – See more at:


The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers – The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers recognizes outstanding young poets and is open to high school sophomores and juniors throughout the world.

Other Contests:  – Excellent program with a member-at-large option for $7/yr.  —  Huge free searchable list of art contests. — Free monthly art contest and links to many others searchable by medium and fee or free.

Other Scholarship Funding Sources:  —  Find locations where you can obtain a free thorough list of foundations from which to seek funding.  Free walk-in, but fee online. – Search grant-makers in Texas and information about what they like to fund is forthcoming for free. Online Training, Training Videos, Webinars, Individual Grant Seekers, Nonprofit Grant Seekers, Children and Youth and the entire Learn About section are all great and most content is free.

Information on Podcasts and Audio Production:

Free Audacity Tutorials  – Audacity is a totally free open-source program for multi-track audio recording and audio editing. It is amazing how powerful this free software is! You can get your own copy of the free Audacity software and join in the fun of creating and editing your own audio files!

Learn How to Podcast – Learn How To Podcast Part 1 of 8. For the rest of the videos in this tutorial series, please visit

How to Create a Podcast For Dummies – Discover how to create and record audio files for your podcast. This video covers basic hardware and software requirements and offers tips for your script. Also, find out how to upload audio files for posting podcasts.

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