Lesson 2

Classroom Applications
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.

Importing Video From your Camera
  1. Open the Movie Tasks pane.
  2. Connect the Firewire cable to your computer and to the camcorder.
  3. Turn on the camcorder and set the switch to VCR or VTR.
  4. Click "Capture Video from Device" in the Movie Tasks list.
  5. If a dialog box appears asking you which application to use, choose Movie Maker 2.
  6. Choose a name for your movie and select where to save this movie on your hard drive. Now click the "NEXT" button.
  7. Select "Digital Device Format" (DV-AVI) if you plan to put the movie back on a video tape. Select "Best Quality for Playback on My Computer" if you plan on playing the movie back on your computer. Then click the "NEXT" button.
  8. Select the video capture methhod. I suggest capturing the entire tape automatically.
  9. Check the box at the bottom of the screen to "Show Preview During Capture".
  10. When you finish capturing your movie, click the "FINISH" button.
Cropping Video Clips
  1. Select the clip in the collection you want to split.
  2. Use the seek bar under the monitor to go to the desired split point within the clip. Drag it quickly to get close to a split point, and then use he controls to move left or right one frame at a time until you are where you want to split the clip.
  3. Click the split clip button to split the large clip into two smaller clips. Movie maker will leave the first part of the clip with the original name and make a second clip with the same name but with an additional numbered suffix.
Adding Titles and Credits
  1. Select "MAKE TITLES OR CREDITS" from the Edit Movie section of the Movie Tasks.
  2. Select where you wish to add this title.
  3. Enter the Title of the movie in the box
  4. Select "EDIT THE FONT" to change the font, color, or size.
  5. Select "CHANGE THE ANIMATION" to select and animation.
Adding Transitions
  1. Change your view to "SHOW STORYBOARD" using the button about the timeline.
  3. Click on the transition you wish to use and drag it to the space in between the two clips.