Scouting/BSA/Cinematography Merit Badge

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  1. Explain and demonstrate the proper elements of a good motion picture:
    1. Visual storytelling
    2. Rhythm
    3. The 180-degree axis rule
    4. Camera movement
    5. Framing and composition of camera shots.
      See Camera angles and composition and Cinematography
    6. Lens selection
  2. Do the following:
    1. Tell the story you plan to film in a three- or four-paragraph treatment. How does it read on paper?
    2. Prepare a storyboard for your motion picture. (This can be done with rough sketches and stick figures.)
      You may wish to use a presentation program such as OpenOffice.org Impress or Microsoft PowerPoint and then use the handout view.
    3. 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
        See Movie Making Manual/Lighting and Lighting on Wikipedia.
      6. Handheld shooting
    4. Do ONE of the following, using motion picture shooting techniques, in planning a program for your troop or school. Start with a treatment and complete the requirement by presenting the program to the troop, patrol, or class.
      1. Film or videotape a court of honor and show it to an audience.
      2. Create a minifeature of your own design, using the techniques you learn.
      3. Shoot a vignette that could be used to train a new Scout in a Scouting skill.
  3. Do ONE of the following:
    1. 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. Explain the following jobs related to film or video production: director, producer, cinematographer, key grip, gaffer, best boy, assistant camera operator.

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External links[edit]

moviehimaking.com


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