Out of the Box

Out of the Box

Inspired by the environment, let your creativity run wild!

2020 Out of the Box Winner

2020 1st Place Winner: “The Walk”

A cinematic film of a woman walks through time towards a dark future. Each era she walks through features different polluters.
Film by Riley Swift (Claremont High School)

Ideas to Jumpstart Your Thinking

Your imagination can inspire others. Avant-garde, music videos, horror films,  and more are welcomed.  Flex your creativity and share your environmental film!


Film Genre Examples

  • Comedy
  • Horror, Thriller, Suspense
  • Drama
  • Romance
  • Music Video

Cinematography and Framing

  • How you fill the frame is one of the most critical camera techniques.  You want to set/move your camera in a way that tells your story best and is visually engaging.
  • The between the camera and the subject your filming can make your audience feel intimate with or distant from what’s in the frame.  Dramatic facial reactions? Then keep the camera closer to your subject.  Want to make something feel difficult to attain or get to? Keep the camera farther away from your subject.

Lighting

  • Lighting can help establish the mood of a scene. 
  • Dark and moody lighting heightens drama and intensity. Cool color temperatures (blue-ish) can signify sadness, fear, loss, dreariness, mystery. 
  • Light and warm lighting can make the audience feel happy and upbeat.

Musical Score

  • The music you use can convey the tone of your scene. Upbeat music can make the audience feel the happiness of the scene.  Dramatic music can intensify what your audience perceives.

Helpful Tip

Think about your favorite films and what makes them unique. What’s the tone like? How’s the dialogue? How does the camera move during shots? Do they use lighting to convey happiness or drama?

Out of the Box, Class of 2020

1st Place “The Walk”

A cinematic film of a woman walks through time towards a dark future. Each era she walks through features different polluters.
Film by Riley Swift (Claremont High School)

2nd Place "Climate Change"

In this horror movie trailer, climate change personified hunts a person that is trying to ignore the obvious signs of its presence.
Film by Toni Ensley (Environmental Charter High School)

3rd Place “Students Change Climate Change”

A hip-hop music video discusses climate change and student action.