Here’s a great way to practice your filmmaking skills and help the library out at the same time:
1. Make a short (3 minutes or less) film for the American Library Association’s Why I Need My Library contest, showing why you really NEED your library. You can use digital animation, live action, or something other mind-blowingly creative method.
2. Submit the film through YouTube and get exposure for yourself and your library!
3. Possibly WIN up to $3,000 for your library and maybe a $50 gift card for books.
I know that there are talented teen filmmakers out there who know the value of their libraries:
The deadline for the contest is APRIL, but now is the perfect time to assemble your crew, start storyboarding, and let your local teen librarian know about your plans so (s)he can offer support and resources. Each CLP location should have a FlipCam for you to use, and a computer with Windows MovieMaker.
Here are a couple titles available at your local library:
Movie making course : principles, practice, and techniques : the ultimate guide for the aspiring filmmaker / Chris Patmore
Get animated! : creating professional cartoon animation on your home computer / Tim Maloney.