Students will create their own original movie following Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey model. Here is the writing packet that students and teachers can use.
Below is the timeline I will follow for my class. Other teachers' timelines will vary.
1) Early September students will write a 300-word-minimum story that follows the Hero's Journey model.
2) Students will form groups and determine the best story to use as the start to their script.
3) For two days local film association will come to the class to talk about storytelling and show local movie clips.
4) Send interested students to local film festival.
5) Scripts due end of September.
The movie project is perfectly adaptable to a teacher's schedule. Some teachers may be working primarily in a video class while others may be in a literature course. Either way, allocated time will vary. As for me, I will have split classes composed of both honors and regular freshmen students. My honors students will mainly complete the project outside of class. However, regular English students may work on this portion of the project for extra credit.
1) For three days in early October, film production company/ video experts will come in to work with and talk to the student groups about creating a movie. These students will leave the classroom while I stay with the regular students and proceed with material tied to that current unit.
2) Offer Saturdays mornings for students to come in and film using either school equipment or their own.
3) Movies are due mid November. This date allows for interdisciplinary collaboration for art, music, video, and foreign language to contribute to the project.
4) Red carpet premiere in early January.