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Moviemaking Merit Badge Workbook
This Scoutmaster Bucky Merit Badge Workbook is based off the 2021 Scouts BSA Requirements.
Type your work on this page or download the Moviemaking Workbook PDF.

Consider also using the Moviemaking merit badge class preparation page for clarification and expections when participating in a Scoutmaster Bucky merit badge opportunity (online or in-person).

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Requirement 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.
Requirement 2: Do the following:
Requirement 2a: In a three- or four-paragraph treatment, tell the story you plan to produce, making sure that the treatment conveys a visual picture.
Requirement 2b: Prepare a storyboard for your motion picture. (This can be done with rough sketches and stick figures.)
Requirement 2c: Demonstrate the following motion picture shooting techniques:
Requirement 2c1: Using a tripod
Requirement 2c2: Panning a camera
Requirement 2c3: Framing a shot
Requirement 2c4: Selecting an angle
Requirement 2c5: Selecting proper lighting
Requirement 2c6: Handheld shooting
Requirement 2d: 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.
Requirement 2d1: Film or videotape a court of honor and show it to an audience.
Requirement 2d2: Create a short feature of your own design, using the techniques you learned.
Requirement 2d3: Shoot a vignette that could be used to train a new Scout in a Scouting skill.
Requirement 3: Do ONE of the following:
Requirement 3a: 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.
Requirement 3b: Explain to your counselor the elements of the zoom lens and three important parts.
Requirement 4: Find out about three career opportunities in moviemaking. Pick one and find out about the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this career with your counselor. Explain why this profession might interest you.