Moviemaking Merit Badge
Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class, and the event the class is being held in conjunction with, that registration may take a little time.

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. - Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you will not be allowed to participate if you have not provided your signed blue card prior to the class - you should have forwarded your blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail:
Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.

If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.
Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide direction as to where one can find the answers.

It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event. You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Moviemaking Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference and completion of any Merit Badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scouts completion of any merit badge requirement(s). You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Moviemaking Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here .   If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST 
Other Moviemaking MERIT BADGE PAGES
Moviemaking Merit Badge Current Requirements
Scoutmaster Bucky's - Moviemaking Merit Badge Workbook
Moviemaking Merit Badge and Merit Badge History Page

Moviemaking Merit Badge Things to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. Moviemaking Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. A camera for recording your production (if available)

5. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

6. A positive Scouting focus and attitude


1. Discuss and demonstrate the proper elements of a good motion picture. In your discussion, include visual storytelling, rhythm, the 180-axis rule, camera movement, framing and composition of camera shots, and lens selection.

This requirement will be covered in the class however, Scouts are encouraged to review this requirement and its elements and see how much they can determine ahead of time prior to the class. Preparation is important and Scouts will find that referencing the Moviemaking Merit Badge pamphlet will yield many of the answers that will help them be prepared for positive and active participation in the class.


2. Do the following:

a. In a three- or four-paragraph treatment, tell the story you plan to produce, making sure that the treatment conveys a visual picture.

Scouts will need to come to the class with at least an idea for their production. They should keep in mind if they are attending the class without their storyboard completed or filming done that completion during the class allotted time will come with some limitations. The location for this class will be the biggest limiter as Scouts will find the environment of the location will affect what they may film; i.e. no action films with explosions. Time will be allotted in the class for composing their treatment, however Scouts with writing difficulties may choose to do this part of the requirement ahead of time.

b. Prepare a storyboard for your motion picture (This can be done with rough sketches and stick figures.)

Time will be allotted during the class to compose a storyboard as the counselor will review the elements with the class that are important to include in a good storyboard. Scouts may choose to work on this ahead of time, which is fine, however there will be time given during the class to work on this part of the requirement as well as review with the counselor. Scouts not arriving at the class with this done may find working with another Scout in the class to be more interesting and enjoyable.

c. Demonstrate the following motion picture shooting techniques.

1. Using a tripod

2. Panning a camera

3. Framing a shot

4. Selecting an angle

5. Selecting proper lighting

6. Hand-held shooting

This requirement and its components will be covered in the class, however Scouts are required to review the Moviemaking Merit Badge pamphlet prior to the class to become familiar with these terms and techniques. Simply attending the class does not insure completion of this requirement. Scouts must review the merit badge pamphlet before class, actively participate in the class discussion, and reasonably be able to demonstrate each of these techniques to the merit badge counselor's satisfaction. This requirement cannot be completed as a group and must be completed by each individual in the class to the satisfaction of the merit badge counselor.

d. Using motion picture shooting techniques, plan ONE of the following programs. Start with a treatment and complete the requirement by presenting this program to a pack or your troop, patrol, or class.

1. Film or videotape a court of honor and show it to an audience.

2. Create a short feature of your own design, using the techniques you learned.

3. Shoot a vignette that could be used to train a new Scout in a Scouting skill.

Scouts may choose to complete this requirement ahead of time and bring their work to class for sharing and review. It must be noted that the techniques and principles of this merit badge must be utilized and is a key element to completing this requirement component. Scouts should utilize these techniques and practices when shooting their project.

Most Scouts will choose to do their filming during or after the class. A large amount of time in the class will be given to allow Scouts to film and edit their production. Scouts will need to stay focused and driven during this time. While it is possible, Scouts need to understand that without a focused effort and proper planning, completion of this requirement is not guaranteed in the class. There are many variables that may affect completion and proper preparation and planning will be vital for the possibility of completion.


3. Do ONE of the following:

a. With your parent's permission and your counselor's approval, visit a film set or a television production studio and watch how production work is done.

This requirement component will not be done as a part of the class. Scouts may opt to do this requirement prior to the class on their own. Time will be given during the class for Scouts who chose to do this component to share their experience with the counselor and class.

b. Explain to your counselor the elements of the zoom lens and three important parts.

This requirement component will be looked at during the class. Scouts should review the Moviemaking Merit Badge pamphlet and come with an understanding of the zoom lens and its parts. Scouts will need to be prepared to explain their understanding and share this with the counselor and other class participants.


4. Find out about three career opportunities in moviemaking. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this career with your counselor. Explain why this profession might interest you.

Scouts should review this requirement and its elements and be prepared to discuss. It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for completion of this requirement.

this page last reviewed / updated: April 2019