Once students are comfortable with the main shot types & composition rules it's time to teach them the magic of "match action" cutting where two different camera shots form a continuous movement. This technique brings a special excitement to editing and motivates students to learn the intricate controls of FCPX. The project thus launches editing 101 and dives into the 7 panels of FCPX. Cutting on action is a foundation skill that separates the amateur to the mature filmmaker. 


  • CTE 9.0 Leadership & Teamwork - Students learn leadership skills and work in dynamic groups to make proper production decisions and resolve team conflicts (leadership styles, value of teamwork, school citizenship, community engagement, organization skills, conflict resolution, consensus building).
  • CTE 10.0 Technical Knowledge & Skill - Students demonstrate technical skills and academic vocabulary common to pathways in the Arts, Media, and Entertainment fields.
  • VAPA 2.0 Creative Expression - Students apply artistic processes and technical skills using a variety of formats and genres to communicate meaning and intent of original work.
  • VAPA 5.0 Connections, Relationships, Applications - Students apply film production skills across subject areas. Students develop generative skills that include: creativity, problem solving, communication, time management and resource management. Students learn about careers related to the media and entertainment industry.


A group of 6th grade students at Golden Oak Elementary have just started to make videos but all of their videos are just one long shot like a garden hose watering a garden. The students haven't learned to break up a movement into multiple camera shots. The teacher has asked you to create several examples of how to create a continuous movement from multiple camera shots. Examples include: walking through a door, sitting in a seat, being chased on the playground, eating a sandwich.