Video production is the process of creating video by capturing moving images (videography) and audio (sound), and creating combinations of parts of this video in live production and post-production (video editing).

Create your own

Look from a new angle. Pick a story to show in scenes. Watch for details in other videos. Recreate favorite moments. Share works in progress.

Start with

Get started by brainstorming stories you might want to tell through video. What's been on your mind? What are you interested in? Write down a list of possible topics, and see if there are any connections between them that you think are interesting.

Start collecting examples of videos that inspire you. Keep a journal about what you like about them. Be specific about parts that stand out to you, such as the words, sounds, images, and camera movements.

Get comfortable with the basics of filming by challenging yourself to a Camera Shot Treasure Hunt. Using a video camera or a phone camera, film your room or neighborhood from lots of different angles: worm's eye, bird's eye, slow zoom, framed. Try this shot list.

Then try

Pick a topic that you'd like to focus on to make a short video (1-3 minutes long). What do you want your audience to see and hear through? Plan out the different scenes that you want to capture. Where will you shoot the video? Where will you place the camera to get the frame you want? Draw inspiration from your journal of videos.

Shoot your scenes and put together a rough cut of the video. You can use a video editing program or app on your phone. Show this rough cut to a few of your friends or family and ask for their ideas for how to make it better. Ask them to be detailed – the best way to improve is to practice working with audience feedback! Try adding new scenes or new editing techniques based on your conversations.

Keep going

Keep pushing yourself to try new techniques. Pick two of your favorite parts of other videos you've seen (film, music videos, ads or commercials), and try to recreate them on your own. Think about all of the parts of those videos: visuals, sound, lighting, camera angle and movement, editing. Create a first version and then share with an audience for feedback.

Using some of the new techniques you've practiced, start work on a longer video (3-7 minutes long). Pick a topic, plan out the scenes, and prepare for your shoot. Consider adding more people in this video as actors or in interviews. Pay attention to how your camera work can help tell the story. Shoot at least one scene from a perspective you haven't tried before. Keep watching other videos for inspiration, and ask for constructive feedback!


Workshops & Events


Real Chi Youth

Community journalism program
Organized by Free Spirit Media
Time: Mondays 1-5pm or 3-5pm
Location: 1616 South Spaulding Avenue
Contact us: call 312-526-3187 to confirm
Cost: FREE

Arts = Smarts

After School Program
Organized by Little Black Pearl
Time: Monday-Friday, 3-6 pm
Location: 1060 East 47th St
Contact us: call 773-285-1211 to confirm
Cost: FREE

Multimedia Projects

Organized by Street-Level Youth Media
Time: Saturdays 12-6 pm
Location: 1637 N. Ashland
Contact us: call 773-862-5331 to confirm
Cost: FREE

Drop In Hip Hop Arts Programs

Organized by Kuumba Lynx
Time: Summer: Monday-Friday 9am-3pm
Fall & Spring: Monday-Friday 4-8pm
Location: 4501 N. Clarendon
Contact us: call 773-569-2103 to confirm
Cost: FREE


Chicago Youth Community Film Festival

A Reel Look into Chicago Neighborhoods
Organized by Alternative Schools Network & Community TV Network
Check their website or Facebook for this year's info
Time: May
Location: Varies
Cost: FREE