Monday, April 9, 2012

Do you make movie with your class?


Do you make movies in your classroom?  I do and the students LOVE it!  We have made two movies so far this year.  Last year my class made three movies.  I was so proud of the students.  They did such a great job.

Last year I decided to start the movie making process in my classroom.  I was on the internet a lot researching how to do it.  I am not an expert, not even close.  I am also still learning.  I just think it is fun for me and the students to make movies throughout the year.  Take a look at our first movie of the year.  David Goes to School.

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We film our movie in our classroom or anywhere we need to.  We also use a green screen.  Green screen's are great!  They allow me to put any picture or background I purchase behind the students when putting the film together.  Here is a picture of the green screen.


I originally went out an bought green fabric to use as the green screen, but I found I needed a bigger screen so I ended up adding green butcher paper to the fabric.  The No David movie was filmed using the green screen.  Below is a picture of my students using the green screen to film our latest movie. 

As you can see, the students do most of the work with the movie.  They write the script, film, and act.  All I do is put it together using iMovie.

When we first start thinking about making a movie we first come up with an idea of what we want the movie to be about.  It may be something we have learned or something we are in the process of learning.  The No David movie is a great movie to review the rules of school.  Our latest movie, The Magic School Bus Goes to Mount Rushmore, we started talking about the movie and then we learned who was on Mount Rushmore and the Presidents of Mount Rushmore.  This was great because the students really had to understand who the Presidents were so they could be them in the movie. (This movie I entered into the Lee County Film Festival.  I am super excited about this.  This is my first time entering anything)  By making a movie the students became even more engaged  in learning the subject matter.  Any grade can do this!  I teach kindergarten and my students love it.  It is hard work but when they watch the final movie their faces light up.  

Do you make movies with your class? 


29 comments:

  1. That is such a great idea!!! Your kids are so talented:) Great job!!
    1...2...3...Teach With Me

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  2. I have never made one! I think that I might try now

    Ms.Patterson

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    1. You should!! You and your kiddos will love it.

      April
      Wolfelicious

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    1. Which day would you like me to send them? (hehe)

      April
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  4. Tag...You're It! Stop by to see what I mean :)

    Twirlybird Teaching

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  5. I have not tried this yet...I have been working with a tech grant this year and this is on my list. Well, I better get to it since there are only about 30 days of school left. I know the kids would love it!!
    Robynn
    BusyBees

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    1. They will love it!! I did a movie last year at the end of school saying what the students had to do in kindergarten. Then I played it for my new kids this year. We went what is expected in kindergarten.

      April
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  6. That is so cool! I think I may have to try this at some point!

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    1. Yes, please do. Your students will love it and so will you.

      April

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  7. Love this! What kind of camera do you have?

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    1. Caroline,
      Thanks. It is really so much fun to make! The students LOVE it. I use a Flip Camera. Our school has one that I use. I actually now kinda have kept the camera in my room since I use it often. LOL. The Flip Camera is so easy to use.

      April

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  8. I have played around with Windows Movie Maker, but love my Mac! Is it easy to put the photo or background behind the video? Could you give a quick tutorial??
    Thank you so much for the idea!
    Elizabeth

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    1. I love my Mac too! It is def. easy to put pictures behind. I will work on a tutorial.

      April

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  10. I may have to email you for some pointers! I'm moving to a new school with a green screen and I got a flip cam with a Donor's Choose grant...I just don't know where to start!! So cool!!

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    1. Grace,
      It is so exciting you got a Flip camera. They are so easy to use. Just get an idea for a movie and just go with the flow. If you have any questions, feel free to email me.

      April

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  11. I LOVE it! I am new to iMovie... Did you use any other program to get the David book behind the students? It was awesome. I didn't know that was even a possibility. You have totally inspired me! Thank you

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    1. Danielle,
      Nope, all I used was iMovie. I took a picture of each page of the book and then used the green screen button to add my video of the students. It is very easy. The only problem I have faced with it is learning that certain colors blend in with the background.

      April

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  12. Yes! We are producing a music video right now for Earth Day. :)

    you can check out last years at tekyteach.blogspot.com :)

    Gena

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  13. Need a turorial quickly, please. How do you get rid of the green and add the background? I love this!

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    1. I will start working on a tutorial. Stay tuned. :-)

      April

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  14. Just found your blog via pinterest...this is such a GREAT idea!!! What editing software do you use?

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