Lesson 7
Take Action - Making Films

Pre-Production: Preparing
for Filming


After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Collaborate to develop a plan for filming


This lesson guides students through the final process of pre-production as they plan and prepare for filming.

Guiding Questions:

  • How do we prepare for filming and building our documentaries?

Recommended Time:

90 minutes

Common Core State Standards:



Pre-Production Planning Handout

Lesson Design:

  • Distribute and review the Pre-production Planning handout.
  • Groups begin pre-production planning using the handout as a guide and checklist and/or work on revising their storyboards.
  • Groups who need to revise their storyboards confer with the teacher and work on revisions first.
  • Students should assign within their groups any appropriate work needed for pre-production. (For example, bringing in a needed prop or making a needed sign.)