Filmmaking: Production

Filmmaking: Production

Drawing from the many climate experts at CIRES, CU, and other Colorado-based research institutes, in this phase of filmmaking, students film interviews with content experts and stakeholders representing diverse viewpoints. The film mentors support the students in filming both the interviews and footage to intercut with interviews (B-roll). Students carefully plan B­-roll filming days by identifying and scouting locations. Science and film mentors help students find existing footage, audio clips, and still images to supplement their films. 

Context for Use

This is the second of three lesson plans on the filmmaking process for both formal and informal education settings. The LOCC program emphasizes scientific film topics, however, the methods are applicable to films around many topics and genres.

See also:

  • Filmmaking: Pre-production 
  • Filmmaking: Post-production 

For the complete educator guide, including these lesson plans for all three filmmaking phases, see the LOCC interactive educator guide: Sharing Science with Film: A Guide to Student Productions


LOCC students filming.

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Learning Goals

•    Students will develop questions to ask experts on their film topics.
•    Students will practice interviewing each other to become familiar with their own interview style.
•    Students will propose potential follow-up questions that they might ask their interviewees.
•    Students will conduct interviews with their content experts.

Teaching Materials

LOCC Production
LOCC Guide to Creative Commons
LOCC Film Glossary


Lesson 5: Interviews

Lesson 6: B-Roll

Lesson 7: Voice-overs and Additional Footage

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