Currently, a much discussed education topic in Japan is the cultivation of ‘capable individuals’. However, such cultivation methods have not been defined in terms of academic ability beyond broadly sketched guidelines. Research studies are therefore currently grappling with specific educational methods for achieving this goal. The present study considers the effectiveness of film production as a means of cultivating the promise of an individual. An affinity exists between the objectives of education in the arts as indicated by Herbert Read and current educational goals in Japan. Furthermore, connecting film production with the collective wisdom discussed by Scott Page has applicability as a method of developing the skills required for formation of a capable individual. Experimental educational practices based on such knowledge have revealed glimpses of how useful film production can be, under certain conditions, as a means of cultivating ‘capable individuals’.