Moviemaking Merit Badge Requirements and Worksheet

Moviemaking Merit Badge

Moviemaking Merit Badge

October, 2013

(replaces Cinematography merit badge)

Requirements for the Moviemaking merit badge:

  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:
    1. In a three- or four-paragraph treatment, tell the story you plan to produce, making sure that the treatment conveys a visual picture.
    2. Prepare a storyboard for your motion picture (This can be done with rough sketches and stick figures.)
    3. 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. Handheld shooting
  3. Do ONE of the following:
    1. 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.
    2. Explain to your counselor the elements of the zoom lens and three important parts.
  4. Find out about three career opportunities in moveimaking. 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.

Moviemaking Worksheet

 Mar 16, 2014 - ScouterChris
In October 2013 my son started working on the Cinematography Merit Badge.  He met with a counselor and obtained a "partial" for the badge.  He subsequently finished the remaining requirements in March 2014, and submitted them to his counselor who signed off on them, as the Moviemaking Merit Badge.  We are aware of the fact that BSA changed the title of the badge (and the corresponding code).  We are also aware of the fact that and even though the code has been changed, thereby reflecting a separate merit badge, because of the similarities in the two badges, BSA  does not recommend that scouts earn both merit badges.  My question is this:  Which Merit badge would be the "correct" one to have earned.  Does it depend upon when the scout "began" working on the badge, when he "completed" the badge, or does he have an option ?  
Mar 16, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Chris - Cinematography became Moviemaking last fall, so your son should receive the Moviemaking merit badge.
The emblem didn't change, and scouts can't earn both.
Aug 19, 2014 - John D McCormick
For some reason I decided to see if there was a merit badge that I could be a "concealer" for.
"Moviemaking" might be possible. I am currently a location sound mixer in the film industry.
I also produced and directed a short subject documentary.
Is there a way to explore this with BSA?

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