Russia Today, the Russian TV news service, ran an interesting story. A movie director, sentenced to ten years in prison after killing a man in a drunken knife fight, has directed some award-winning movies in prison using nothing but a digital camera. You can view it here:
He made a documentary about an army special forces veteran who was charged with murdering several people in Russia. He was sentenced to death, but the death penalty was abolished and his sentence was reduced to 25 years. Pretty light compared to the USA. The U.S. Supreme Court is deciding whether children can be sentenced to life without parole.
He's also filmed dramatic movies. Other inmates serve as actors, but they have to bring in female and child actors.
Here you have a guy equipped with nothing but a digital camera making award-winning films in extremely difficult circumstances.