Do you have a child interested in filmmaking? Depending on your convictions and beliefs concerning what movies your families watches, it can be a difficult interest to have your child pursue.

Israel has had a huge love of filmmaking for several years now. Normally when a child has an interest in something, it can easily blow over in a few months and they move on to their next new interest. Not for Israel! He has been faithfully dedicated to making movies with anyone interested in doing it with him, and he just keeps getting more and more interested. He actually just bought an iPad to use for movie making, because he was tired of being turned down when we couldn’t let him use our phones all the time. 🙂

At first Sean and I were hesitant to see him become so interested in this. What was he really going to do with it? But I see so many possibilities for him now, and I’m really encouraging him to learn more about filmmaking and see what comes out of it.

I wanted to find a good course for him to go through that wouldn’t promote immoral movies, and I finally found the perfect one!

Compass Classroom is known for putting out high quality Christian courses for science, history, latin, etc, so when I saw they had a class called Filmmaking From The First Directors, I was elated! I knew it would be a class that I could safely let Israel watch. This course is not glorifying the sex, cursing and intense violence that many movies today have. Rather, it’s having the student go back to the very early original old black and white movies and examine how they were filmed, and what the original filmmakers knew about making movies.

I’ve sat and watched the first lesson in the course with Israel and I really enjoyed it! I actually stayed longer than I was planning on, just because I wanted to keep hearing what they had to say.

Here is a list of the lessons that are included in this video course:

  1. Introduction
  2. Lesson 1 – Documenting Life: Edison & Lumiere
  3. Lesson 2 – A Magical Story: George Melies
  4. Lesson 3 – Editing Action: Edwin S. Porter
  5. Lesson 4 – Multi-Shot Narrative: D.W. Griffith
  6. Lesson 5 – Parallel Editing & More: D.W. Griffith
  7. Lesson 6 – Mise-en-scene – Framing, Depth, and Setting: D.W. Griffith
  8. Lesson 7 – The First Epics – Introduction of the Feature Film
  9. Lesson 8 – Feature Films & Auteur Theory: Maurice Tourneur
  10. Lesson 9 – The Character of Comedy: Charlie Chaplin
  11. Lesson 10 – Comedy as Complex Sequence: Buster Keaton
  12. Lesson 11 – Documenting life: Robert Flaherty
  13. Lesson 12 – Realism and the Classical Cinema: Douglas Fairbanks and John Ford
  14. Lesson 13 – Formalism and Montage: Sergei Eisenstein

When you purchase this course, it’s important to know that it’s a digital course. You watch the videos online, every lesson there is homework (a video to make), so once you make that video you upload it to a certain page on the website and then move on to the next lesson.

(Can you tell the boys also love basketball?! We love finding good deals at Marshalls on Jordan clothes!)

If you have a child interested in filmmaking, this would be an excellent course to take over the summer months! It also will qualify for a high school credit, so I’m having Mosiah watch the course with him (and Israel needs help to film the movies, so he will be doing hands on stuff as well!).

We are not encouraging Israel to think about pursing movie making as a career, but there are so many other needs for a filmmaker outside of making actual movies. For now, he is going to work on filming blog reviews for me, editing them, and then maybe one day he can offer this service to other bloggers!

A huge thank you to Compass Classroom for allowing us to review this course. All opinions are strictly my own, and I was not paid for this review!

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