Preplanning a Movie



Index Cards

Use the colors for Beginning, Middle, and End. It also makes it easier to change the sequence by moving the cards around.

Paper Folded in Squares

Fold the paper into squares. Have the students draw their storyboard in the squares.


Template Sheets

If you know you want specific information in a specific sequence, give the students a storyboard template.

Kidspiration and Inspiration

Kidspiration and Inspiration are both excellent software programs for creating visual storyboards.

Creating Storyboards to Plan Your Video

Storyboards are a planning tool to help you outline and organize your video scene by scene. Viewed in sequence, the storyboards become a road map for your film.

Make copies of the storyboard form to use in creating storyboards for your
video project. The following will help you fill in the boxes on the form.

• Cast Members and Wardrobe
List the cast members who will be needed in this scene and the character each member will be portraying. Indicate any special wardrobe requirements.

• Props
List all the props that will be needed for the scene. Also indicate where the props are to be located on the set.

• Lighting
Note what kind of lighting the scene requires. Do you want broad daylight or the mysterious gloom of midnight? Also consider what lighting equipment will be needed.

• Scene
Sketch the scene, showing what backgrounds and scenery will be included. Also show where the cast members will be placed, and indicate where they will move during the scene.

• Camera Directions
Describe the camera movements to be used in the scene, such as close-ups, long shots, and panning. Match these movements to the action of the scene. Be sure that all the members of the crew understand the terms used to describe camera movements so that they can understand your storyboards.

• Script Notes
Jot down ideas for your script. Use these notes to develop your final script.



Classroom Applications



Grant Writing


  • Building Blocks Grants
    • Grant Agreement Page
      • Name
      • Grade
      • School
      • Project Title
      • Teacher's Signature and Date
      • Principal's Signature and Date
    • Face Sheet
      • Teacher's Name
      • Grade
      • School
      • Day Time Phone
      • Project Title
      • Certification Section
        • Amont
        • Teacher's Signature, Date
        • Principal's Signature, Dae
    • Grant Application
      • Page 1
        • Number of Students in Target Group (Place the number on the line next to grade area)
        • Strategic Plans for Excellent Standards Addresses (Check all areas that apply)
        • Total Funds Requested
      • Page 2
        • Give a compelling description of your classroom project, the need, and your student population in terms of grade level(s), special needs, approximate number.
        • List the objectives of the project and state how the project supports your School’s Strategic Plan for Excellence (School Improvement Program) and the District’s Strategic Plan for Excellence: (Number the objectives)
        • What activities are planned to meet each of the above objectives?
      • Page 3
        • State the overall outcome of the project in terms of student achievement (what you want to see happen as a result of your project). It must be measurable.
        • How will the success of each of the objectives be evaluated? (Number the objectives and explain how you will measure success.)
      • Page 4
        • Budget Summary
      • Submit one complete packet
          • 3 copies of the 4 page grant
          • Staple in the upper LEFT hand corner
        • Deadline for submitting grant applications
          • August 20, 2004 at 4:00 PM.
Working With Digital Video


First, complete the iMovie Tutorial from Day 1.

Importing Video From Your Video Camera

  1. Connect your DV camcorder to your Mac's Firewire jack.
  2. Be sure the camcorder is turned on and in its VCR mode (this is also called VTR on some camcorders.)
  3. Click the camera icon to put iMovie in camcorder mode.
  4. To start and stop importing, click Import or press the spacebar while the tape is playing back.
  5. You can also import by clicking on the Import button.
  6. When iMovie is in the camcorder mode, the playback buttons control your camcorder.
  7. iMovie displays each clip you import on the Clips pane.
  8. Remember, you can rename the clips while that are in the Clips pane.



Cropping Video Clips

I suggest copying the clip and then edit the copy keeping your original in tack.

1. Select the clip

2. From the Edit menu select Copy

3. From the Edit menu select Paste.

Now, you are ready to Crop the Clip.

1. Click on the clip that you would like to crop in the Clips pane.

2. The clip should appear in the monitor.

3. Click in the dashed ruler area beneath the monitor, then drag the triangular crop markers left and right to mark the footage you want to keep. That area usually turns yellow. To Review your selection, drag the playhead left and right.

4. To perfrom the crop, choose Crop from the Edit menu.


Extracting Audio

1. Drag the video clip to the timeline.

2. Select the clip and choose Extract Audio from the Advanced menu.

3. iMovie copies the audio, places it in Audio Track 1, and mutes the sudio in the video clip.

4. Select the clip that you wish to delete from your project. For example, you may wish to keep the video and delete the audio track. You also may wish to keep the audio track and delete the video track.

5. Press the Delete key.


Adding Titles and Credits


Creating a title involves choosing the title style, specifying title settings, and then dragging the completed title to the timeline.

1. Click the Titles button to display the Titles pane.

2. Choose the title style you want by clicking its name.

3. Specify the title setting.

  • Text position and scrolling direction
  • Select Over Black if you do not want the titles to appear over a clip.
  • Select QT margins only if you will not be showing your movie on a TV.
  • Select the Text Style, Size, and Color

4. Enter the text for your title into the text fields.

5. Add the title by dragging it to the timeline.

If you need to change a title,

1. Click on the title in the timeline.

2. Make the changes in the Titles Pane.

3. Click the Update button.


Adding Transitions


1. Click the iMovie's Transitions Button to display the Transitions pane.

2. Select a transition from the list.

3. Drag the transition to the timeline.

4. You can always preview the transition in the preview window.

5. Change the transition's duration by dragging the speed slider.

6. Different transitions will offer different settings to modify.

7. To change a transition, click on the transition in the timeline, change the settings and click the Update button.

Adding Music


Importing Music from the iTunes Library

1. Select the Audio pane.

2. Place the playhead where you wish the music to be inserted.

3. Locate the song in your iTunes Library.

4. Click on the Place at Playhead button.


Importing Music from a CD

1. Select the Audio pane.

2. Place the playhead where you wish the music to be inserted.

3. Locate the song track on your CD.

4. Click on the Place at Playhead button.


Recording a Narration

1. Connect a microphone to your Mac.

2. Place the playhead where you would like the narration to start.

3. Click the red button next to the volume meter in iMovie's Audio pane and start speaking.

4. When you have finished speaking, press the red button again.


Cropping Audio

1. Using the timeline, select the audio clip that you wish to crop.

2. Drag the triangles at the beginning and end of the clip.

3. Select Crop from the Edit menu.




Adjusting the Volume

To adjust the volume of an entire audio clip

  • Check the Edit Volume box
  • Select the clip
  • Adjust the volume slider under the timeline.

To Fade In or Fade Out

  • Check the Edit Volume box.
  • Select the clip in the timeline
  • Move the small marker down and drag it to the left or right to adjust the duration of the fade.
  • You should see a small red dot and a large yellow dot on the sound file.



For the remainder of today's class you should work on your project.