Modern Media and Communications Magnet » Video Production

Video Production

Video Production is the 8th grade elective for students in the Modern Media and Communications Magnet.

The class introduces students to the fundamentals of film and video production. Equipment used includes video cameras, iPads, and laptop computers.

Students engage in hands-on experiences as they learn the basics of filmmaking:

  • pre-production
  • production
  • post-production

Students participate in every aspect of video production, from editing to directing on-screen talent, as they develop skills in

  • planning
  • organization
  • script writing
  • interpersonal communication
  • team building
  • media literacy

They practice shooting videos, doing sound recordings and sound engineering, and editing using iMovie. They work individually, with partners, and in collaborative groups, producing videos in various forms:

  • narrative/dramatic
  • informational/documentary
  • promotional/persuasive
  • creative/music video

A a culminating event, films produced in the Video Production elective are featured in the annual Palms Film Festival.


The Video Production Lab

Video Production Lab

Learn To:
  • Write scripts
  • Storyboard
  • Act
  • Do Camera Work
  • Edit Film
  • Create Special Effects
  • Do Hands-on Production
  • Produce Films for Competitions
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Learn about our guest speakers and field trips:

Video Production Guest Speakers

green screen videos

Students demonstrating live green screen effects for visiting fifth grade students.

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Can Other Students Take Video Production?

Video Production can be taken as a 7th or 8th grade elective for the 2021-2022 school year.

After this year, it will be an elective only for 8th graders in the Modern Media and Communications Magnet.


Video Production has been taught at Palms since the 2014-2015 school year.

Since then, Palms students have produced a number of short award-winning films.