It has been very exciting to see students dive into their videos as they work with each other to narrow down ideas, write scripts, and begin storyboards. Today was a day spent on working on scripts and starting the storyboarding process.
One of my favorite resources to use with students to showcase the purpose of storyboarding is the AFI video below:
Tomorrow we plan to spend some time finalizing ideas and doing a peer critique before setting production schedules and filming.
Students are working on videos that are being created to inform their peers about making quality choices both in life and online. This project is funded through a MACUL grant that helped us purchase cameras, tripods, and other accessories like SD cards. Videos will be complete just in time to compete in the Meijer Great Choices Junior Film Competition, The Digital ID PSA Challenge, and the DAFT Film Festival!
Before filming, animating, or editing their films, students brainstorm ideas based on the topics outlined in the competitions. We also learned some basics involving the process on the CheckThis poster found here. Students then worked together to create a script, make a storyboard, and plan a production schedule. The best part of teaching this is explaining that you do not need to film in order (rarely any film gets made that way) and seeing students group scenes together and plan out how they are going to divide up the work. Students document the process by making notes on their storyboards and production schedules each day to track progress and see what is left to do. Students will be creating the footage for the next few days before putting it together in iMovie, editing, and submitting it to the various competitions.
8th grade students finished up their storyboards to plan out their videos before filming today. A storyboard helps you organize your script into images for the screen. It also helps you save time when filming because you already know what kind of image you want to shoot in the frame.
We also talked about how nearly all films made for the big screen are not filmed in order. This was helpful for groups who had members missing today. Instead of filming the first scene first, they did the ones that made sense to film today with the people who were present.
We will continue to work on these films throughout next week and finish up in time to review for their exam.
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.