A safe, age-appropriate online film course for elementary aged kids!
It's important we teach our kids to be creators, not consumers.
As our children are forming who they are and what they value, it’s important we teach them to be producers, not consumers.
Good habits and life skills are created when what we feed into our minds has meaning and purpose.
Storytelling is fundamental to human nature. Stories are all around us. They are one of the most powerful ways we can reach, teach, and influence others. Regardless of language, stories connect people to others. History is remembered and handed down through stories. We wouldn’t be human without the art of telling stories.
When was the last time you watched a video?
I’ll be the first to admit that no matter how good my intentions are, there are times where as a parent I just need a break and I put a movie on for the kids, or let them watch a show on their tablets so we can get a quick nap, or cook dinner, or go to the bathroom uninterrupted (yet they always seem to find us when we’re in the bathroom, right?) and sometimes hours go by and it’s easy to feel guilty about feeding their desire to consume.
Our kids are hungry to learn, to find answers to all their questions, and we as parents can easily stifle that by over indulging their brains with mindless entertainment.
In reality, we’re not going to stop watching video content. It’s not going away. We must learn to embrace it and use it as a tool.
If you’re like me, you want the best for your kids. We want them to have good habits. We would do anything for them, right?
Let me tell you
When I was in elementary school, I chose to become a filmmaker. Filmmaking was like magic. Once you put a camera in between life and those observing it, anything became possible. You could tell any story. You could make anything happen. So I saved up my allowance and bought a camera. I started filming everything. I then turned to lighting and spent years crafting light. I then moved to editing, all the while amassing an array of toys and equipment to help me make better looking videos. Everyone online was debating which camera had better image quality, which dolly was the smoothest, etc. But the key element I missed growing up was how to tell good stories. My videos looked better and better, but they were lacking substance.
Here’s an example. Have you seen a big blockbuster movie, with A-list stars and all the money in the world to do whatever they want, and the movie was still a bust with poor reviews? Why was that? The filmmakers are magicians with unlimited potential... but the movie is still terrible. Why? Because all that money, no matter how much they have, only brings to life what is on the page - the script. That blueprint, the foundation they had was a poor one.
The one thing I’ve learned as a filmmaker is this: you can never be too good to stop focusing on story.
Story is key to everything. The script is key to everything. As a director, every single conversation I had with every single crew member was about the script. Every phone call, every meeting, every decision, every dollar spent was about the script. The more I knew what was in the script, the better I could help my team bring it to life. And the better the story was, the better the film will be. If it wasn’t in the script, it didn’t make it into the movie.
My point is, the story is the most important thing you can learn as a filmmaker.
Here’s where I’m at:
Here’s the problem I ran into:
So what was my solution?
Let me first ask you:
My solution: My wife and I sat down with our kids in the evenings and let each one tell us the story in their hearts. They were in the spotlight. We wrote down what they said, and showered them with praise. They lit up.
We ended up doing 10 different things with our kids that helped us to see their inner storyteller come alive. This is when we knew they were ready for the next step.
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From there, I knew I wanted to teach my children to embrace filmmaking as an avenue to become creators. Some of my kids already wish they could be YouTube creators one day. Some love to document our family vacations.
And as I mentioned before, YouTube was too risky to share existing content with my kids. And I didn’t want to risk that at their age.
So I created the content myself. As I broke down what I know to an elementary level, I filmed myself so that other parents could benefit from the same safe and age appropriate teaching, without having to bring any pre-knowledge to the table.
And then my kids got involved, and it became really fun and exciting. And Elementary Film School was born.
Imagine a tool, a resource that:
What We Teach:
Humility & Feedback
For ages 6-12!
What You'll Get!
Hrs of Content
The Elementary Film School is organized into 5 modules, each containing 6 episodes. Episodes are designed to be followed by an activity sheet and hands-on camera experience to practice the skills and tools in a bite-sized experience.
Students only need a smartphone, a printer, a pencil, and some colored pencils or markers to go through our course.
There are some paid apps we use and recommend, so you'll probably need to purchase those to keep the pace. We recommend optional gear and accessories to enhance your filmmaking,
Early Enrollment Bonuses:
FIRST 100 Students ONLY!
SIGN UP NOW TO GET ALL 3 BONUSES!
BONUS #1 (Ask for help): $500
BONUS #2 (Mentorship): $2,500
BONUS #3 (Exposure): $1,000
25 Engaging Episodes + All Handouts/Worksheets: $397
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Hi, I'm Your Teacher!
I'm your host and teacher, Kevin! When I was 9 years old, I set my heart on wanting to become a film director! Now I’ve been a filmmaker for 17 years and I’m a father of 8 kids - and together... we want to teach your kids how to make better videos!
In 2021 I'll directed a multi-million dollar movie which will hit theaters worldwide in 2022.
I bring fresh, current expertise from the field, right into this film course for kids.
Your kids will have access to a working, feature filmmaker as their personal mentor in their filmmaking journey.
Frequently Asked Questions
The homework assignments are focused on ages 6-12, however kids as young as 3 enjoy watching the episodes and coloring the pages. Don't spend the money on the course if your child is 4 and under, however they can sit in, watch, laugh, sing and color along with other students.
Yes! At this time, we're offering a single low price per household. So as many children that you claim as dependents can watch and partake in the course. Just note that you'll have a single login per household, not per student, and when interacting online in the quizzes and comments, only one student name will appear. You'll also need to print off the right amount of worksheets for each child.
We only show movie clip footage from G-Rated films to make sure the course is safe and age appropriate for entire families to watch, even if kids are present in the room that aren't actively engaged in the course. We show select content from specifically curated PG-rated films that are safe for all audiences, specifically the family-friendly films I have directed myself.
It's your job as a parent to decide what you put in front of your kids. We have 8 kids ranging from 11 months to 11 years old. Some of our kids are allowed to see PG-Rated content, and you may allow your children to watch more than that.
Rating systems aren't based on what content you see, but how long you are exposed to that content in each film, so each film should be screened and proofed by each parent, even the ones we use in the course. We feel that the G-rated films used throughout this course are safe and age appropriate for all viewers and have not incorporated some G-rated films that we feel still contain inappropriate content.
At a minimum, your child needs access to a smartphone or a tablet with a camera, plus a printer to print off the activity sheets. They'll also need pens or pencils, colored pencils or crayons.
No other gear or equipment is required to complete the film course. However, we do recommend gear and apps in the course that we have found to be helpful in assisting the quality of work one can create with a smartphone, but they are optional and again are not needed to complete the course.
We do recommend the editing app LumaFusion, which costs $29.99. If your child chooses not to purchase this app, they can edit their work in the iPhone's included editing app iMovie, which we will soon have an editing tutorial for. The benefit of LumaFusion is that we can teach and all our students can use the same software despite what smartphone they bring to the class.
In our experience, LumaFusion is a much better editor than the included apps.
That's ok! We totally understand. But you enjoy watching movies, right? There's no pre-knowledge required, and even if you don't watch the episodes with your kids, the worksheets are easy enough that you can help explain to your kids what to do, and they can fill in what they learned.
All you need to do for your kids in this course is this:
- Help them get setup to watch the course by streaming it from the website to your TV, or get them setup to watch it on a tablet or laptop computer.
- Provide them with access to a tablet or a smartphone with enough memory so they can film videos throughout the course as instructed. Video quality doesn't matter so you can set your phone's resolution and recording quality to whatever you choose to fit the file sizes acceptable to you.
- Print out the activity sheets or setup your kids so they can hit print from inside the course.
- Spend a few minutes with any younger students and help walk them through the activity sheets, if needed.
- Pretend to be a kid again, use your imagination, and allow yourself to be cast in your kids films. They'll love you for the extra time you spend with them!