As a high school student, you may wonder why you would want to spend your time and energy making a movie. There are many reasons and here are a few!
Much of the time, movies are simple escapism, a way for us to escape our daily lives. But movies are powerful influencers that can also help us decide who we are and how we live our lives.
Today, movies have replaced other storytelling techniques such as cave paintings, orating, and mythology as a guiding influence for most peoples around the world. By watching a movie, we can observe, learn about, comment on and even debate every aspect of our world – and our place in it.
Some movies are watched and re-watched over and over because they universally speak to us as a culture – just like tales of legend and mythology used to for earlier cultures. Many of these universally appealing movies have important things to say.
Making a film will give you the opportunity to say something about YOUR life and the world YOU live in. It will give you a chance to be heard and to share YOUR specific feelings with the world.
Not everyone gets a chance to be heard, and young people in particular often complain about not having a say in conversations driven and controlled by the adults of the world. Now is your chance to say something and to have an impact.
It does not matter that you’re not a film expert or that you’ve never made a film before. You still have a voice that should be heard. Do not be concerned with your technical expertise because even a very simple, technically crude movie with something powerful to say can be effective.
Filmmaking is also an incredible opportunity to learn new skills and to collaborate with others. When you experience the process of making a movie, you create a strong foundation for a wide range of careers, even those that have nothing to do with the business of filmmaking.
Consider how important not just some, but ALL of the GLOBAL COMPETENCIES are to filmmaking:
- Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
- Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship
- Learning to Learn
- Global Citizenship
The fact is, that if you are involved in creating a movie of any substance you will have no choice but to develop ALL of the Global Competencies skills.
Filmmaking will change you. It will stimulate personal growth and allow you – through hard work and collaborative efforts – to earn the satisfaction of sharing your art (your movie) with an audience and to witness first-hand how your art affects them. Your audience may laugh, cry, scream, or grip their seats. They may be curious and learn more about your subject. They may even learn more about our world and their place in it.
Making a film is an experience you will remember for the rest of your life!