(Updated 12.2.2018)

Follow links to the web sites below to develop and enhance your video and video-making skills.



  • Create your own Rap provides a 1-2-3 step process for using their supplied beats and recording your own rap.  Be sure to check the use license for ability to reuse your creation if you have produced with their tools.
  • Make Your Own Rap for Free – great list of resources & tools
  • Write A Rap Song from Wikihow


  • Make Movies: Website gives online lessons in a variety of areas from animation to scriptwriting
  • The One Minutes Jr.: Online community and annual competition for videos lasting 1 minute. Links for online editing websites.

    Check out Tools & Applications’  awesome tips from the pros for stable & polished imagery, lightingcrisp soundwithout interference from background noise, editing  and more, as your iPhone and other smartphones can make pro-level videos!  Don’t forget, video production quality counts for 30% of your score.
  • See also these Techsmith tips and Wistia tips.  While iPhone’s Camera videomaking app is great for filming, some of you might want to upgrade to FilmicPro ($9.99) — check out its cool features & tips.
    Anyone can shoot a video, but taking the time to edit it well is what makes it great. Apple’s in-house movie editing app, iMovie is a solid, easy-to-use way to crop long takes and stitch together multiple scenes.  To up your videomaking game, you might want to upgrade to the $4.99 MoviePro, whose expert-level features include audio metering, adjustable mic volume, manual focusing, transitions (those stylish fades and dissolves between scenes), and other programmable settings.  Also Best of 2015 app Videoshop ups the ante (for just $1.99), letting you add music, sound effects, and voiceovers, as well as create slow, fast motion, or even reversed videos. Like iMovie, you can also add graphics or apply filters.
  •  5 Ways to Fix Your Shot in Post-Production — See great tips if you have bad audio, shaky images, and lighting issues to fix

Media Organizations

  • Adobe Youth Voices: Examples of stop-motion animation films.
  • Appalachian Media Institute: A community based arts and education center that runs a summer institute and year-round media production training for youth.
  • BAYCATA San Francisco bay area media arts school that provides free digital media education to underserved youth and young adults (ages 11-24), and creates a pathway to employment.
  • Bay Area Video Coalition(BAVC): A San Francisco bay area video and new media center with youth programs. This links to useful tools.
  • Children’s Media Project: New York-based after-school media program offers special workshops on editing.
  • DCTV: PRO-TV offers youth media arts training to youth in New York.
  • Educational Video Center: A youth media organization that teaches documentary film-making in the New York area.
  • FilmMaking.com: This website explains the various kinds of equipment needed to make videos, and includes a database on grants available to filmmakers
  • FilmMaking.net: This website is full of different resources on making films. There is a discussion area where specific questions can be answered by other filmmakers and the FAQ section offers useful tips on all things film-related
  • International Youth Media Summit: have all necessary equipment, digital camcorders, editing suites, good teachers, workshops for educators, and International Summer and Winter Multimedia workshops.
  • No Film School: provides regular newsletter with excellent advice on creating and producing video
  • Reel Grrls: Seattle based media and leadership training for young women ages 9-19.
  • Videomaker: A guide to creating and publishing great video
  • Witness Video Advocacy Tools: Provides strategies for using videos in advocacy work. The ‘Video for Change’ video is an overview of how to most effectively use video media in advocating for human rights – it is available in English, French and Spanish.
  • youth interested in television and media.

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