The Moviemaking Merit Badge (formerly known as the Cinematography Merit Badge created in 1990) is a lot of fun for Scouts however it should be noted that it's difficulty is due to the time, resources, and possibly costs required to complete this badge..

If you like the Moviemaking Merit Badge, consider also doing Theater or Reading.


Scoutmaster Bucky offered this merit badge:

Saturday April 4, 2015

Oakdale, MN


8 Scouts

Saturday January 11, 2014

Plymouth, MN


11 Scouts

Sunday October 9, 2011
(as Cinematography)

Base Camp
Fort Snelling, MN


9 Scouts

Saturday October 8, 2011
(as Cinematography)

Base Camp
Fort Snelling, MN


11 Scouts








Scoutmaster Bucky Class Prep Page:

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Moviemaking Merit Badge History Page:

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source: Boy Scout Requirements, 2015 Edition


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.


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.

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

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.

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.


3. Do ONE of the following:

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

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


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.


this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015