Make-Your-Own-Film Resource

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At its heart, Stories of Us is a means of investigating subjects of core concern to young people, and translating their findings into stories which are shared with others through the medium of digital film. Educators expressed a great deal of interest in this process – which led to the development of the Make-Your-Own-Film Resource.

Designed for middle and high school students, this active learning curriculum provides step-by-step instructions for teachers and students in the Stories of Us method so they can write, and film selected scenes from, their own short films. The focus is on the inquiry process, researching the subject, and building realistic timelines to explore how bullying develops – how it begins, what happens to perpetuate the problem, the role of bystanders, the reality of students’ attempts to deal with the problem, and outcomes.

The curriculum combines a range of 21st Century literacy skills and meets English Language Arts and Health Education standards. At the same time, the curriculum promotes social cohesion and helps reduce bullying. The project can be implemented in schools or after-school organizations by either English, Drama and/or Media Arts staff. It is also an excellent Advisory Class curriculum or interdisciplinary project – which could involve staff from English, Drama, Media Arts, Technology, Counseling and Health.

Instruction in basic filmmaking is provided, however students are encouraged to keep this aspect as simple as possible and develop stories within the limitations of their class and school – working with the students in their class, drawing upon their existing abilities, and filming in areas acceptable to their school. The professional student film is presented as an example of what can be achieved by students with little or no previous experience with acting or filmmaking. Seen from this perspective, students watching the film are inspired and empowered by the potential to authentically communicate their own collective experience. Also included are behind-the-scenes footage of the development and production of the professional student film to illustrate the process.

Ideally this resource will be used in conjunction with the Classroom curriculum – in which case it is recommended that the Classroom Resource be implemented the semester before using the Make-Your-Own-Film Resource. The Make-Your-Own films will be developed and produced under teacher supervision, and students will be dissuaded from revealing sensitive information.


DVD:  Resource-Specific Film Previews  +   Full P3R film Preview

TEACHER'S GUIDEView examples from the Teacher's Guide pdf

IMPLEMENTATION: Example timelines for implementing the curriculum

21st Century Skills Film Competition

As a further encouragement to students, finished films produced using the criteria of the Stories of Us method will be able to be uploaded to a dedicated section of this web site as part of the national 21st Century Skills Bullying Prevention Film Competition.

Visit the competition page for more information.


The P3R resources are designed to be implemented by staff without the need for training, however we recognize that some educators appreciate the option for more in-depth professional development training. >Training Options

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Other resources in the P3R program:
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Professional Development Resource
Community Education Resource



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