This is an Ensemble Digital Filmmaking course with an emphasis on storytelling, so we start by finding our story. We begin by examining all the different genres of films and media that our students encounter daily. As an ensemble (a group that contributes equally to a creative process) we create our story through a series of comprehensive writing exercises. As a group we now choose the genre of our movie, for example an after school special. Every student then silently writes a paragraph outlining his or her proposed message for an after school special. After every student has had an opportunity to pitch their story, they then democratically choose one plot to develop. To further our plot we continue to couple individual silent writing exercises with group sharing. By the end of this process we have finished outlining our movie and have created a completely original story.