Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Cinematography Merit Badge






  1. Do the following:
        A. Explain and demonstrate the proper elements of a good motion picture. In your discussion, include
            visual storytelling, rhythm, the 180-degree axis rule, camera movement, framing and composition of
            camera shots, and lens selection.
        B. Discuss the Cinematographer's role in the moviemaking process.
  2. Do the following:
        A. In a three- or four-paragraph treatment, tell the story you plan to film, making sure that the treatment
            conveys a visual picture.
        B. Prepare a storyboard for your motion picture (This can be done with rough sketches and stick
        C. Demonstrate the following motion picture shooting techniques.
            1. Using a tripod
            2. Panning a camera
            3. Framing a shot
            4. Selecting an angle
            5. Selecting proper lighting
            6. Handheld shooting
        D. Using motion picture techniques,, plan ONE of the following programs. Start with a treatment, and
            complete the requirement by presenting this program to a pack or your troop, patrol, or class
            1. Film or videotape a court of honor and show it to an audience.
            2. Create a short feature of your own design using the techniques you learned.
            3. Shoot a vignette that could be used to train a new Scout in a Scouting skill.
  3. Do ONE of the following:
        A. With your parent's permission and your counselor's approval, visit a film set or a television production
            studio and watch how production work is done.
        B. Explain to your counselor the elements of the zoom lens and three important parts.
  4. Find out about three career opportunities in cinematography. Pick one and find out about the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor. Explain why this profession might interest you.

Cinematography Worksheets for use in working on these requirements

Boy Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Boy Scout Law

A Scout Is...

A Scout tells the truth.
He keeps his promises.
Honesty is part of his code of conduct.
People can depend on him.
A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.LOYAL
A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.HELPFUL
A Scout is a friend to all.
He is a brother to other Scouts.
He seeks to understand others.
He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position.
He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle.
He treats others as he wants to be treated.
He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop.
He obeys the laws of his community and country.
If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
A Scout looks for the bright side of things.
He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others.
He saves for unforeseen needs.
He protects and conserves natural resources.
He carefully uses time and property.
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid.
He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean.
He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals.
He helps keep his home and community clean.
A Scout is reverent toward God.
He is faithful in his religious duties.
He respects the beliefs of others.