Learning Through Filmmaking

Documentary film is an all-encompassing art form that requires the production team to artistically combine the disciplines of film, photography, graphic arts, music and creative writing. Students will work in a team environment to accomplish their goal of producing an informative and entertaining documentary film.

Lesson Plan Examples

Expert Interviews

The Our Rock Project provides your child with the opportunity to step out of the classroom and meet the experts and professionals in the STEM field that the children have chosen for their documentary. In addition to interviewing the scientists, technicians, engineers, professors, etc. as part of their film production, it is our hope that they will seize this opportunity to learn how these experts got to where they are. We believe that if a child has a focused goal early in their life, they are more likely to be successful in achieving it.

Filmmaking Techniques

Our Rock Project student filmmakers will be required to write their own scripts, conduct interviews, record the voice-overs, produce their musical score and then edit and polish their films. Throughout the process students will receive valuable information and instruction from Our Rock Project detailed lesson plans, and will be encouraged to explore the world of filmmaking on their own.

Example Techniques
"In combining STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education with the art of documentary filmmaking the Our Rock Project breaks new ground in the global education field. Not only does the project provide the students with an opportunity to independently research a STEM topic and produce their own short film, the children also are given the chance to meet with local scientists and professionals to interview them for the film production."
Chris Palmer

Distinguished Film Producer in Residence

Director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking

Sharing with Students of the World

The Our Rock Project library provides the children with a platform to share their work with not only their peers, but with anyone who is interested in learning about their world. We encourage and help facilitate communication between classrooms from around the world where both teachers and children can expand upon what they've learned from watching the films.