14 Shots



This lesson will show and discuss the importance of using a video camera to shoot interesting, creative, and meaningful shots. This lesson is similar to the "shots and angles" lesson plan, but covers a new set of composition rules and focuses on hands on skills and demonstrations through small student groups. Students will also have the opportunity to demonstrate basic editing, if they have the prior knowledge in your class. If not, the final assessment will be less formal.

*** In order to do this lesson you must have enough cameras, tripods, and editing computers for the student teams to be able to use. For me with an average class size of 32, I will have 8 teams of 4, and thus will need 8 different cameras and tripods.

Lesson Time

4 one-hour class periods
4 Hours

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment Arts, Media, and Entertainment
Grade Levels
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • Adult

Standards and Objectives


California Academic Content Standards (1)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (3)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • The objective for this lesson is to incorporate both knowledge and theory along with hands on video production skills to produce a short video focused on basic artistic composition rules and camera work.
  • All students will demonstrate a basic understanding of vocabulary associated with various camera shots and rules of composition.

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