movie making with kids!

Posted on November 21, 2012 by Claire.
Categories: mobile technologies.

In this session we were introduced to imovie (trailer) maker.  Although I didn’t use this as I got to grips with QR codes and green-screen technology instead I did watch our tutor demonstrating it.  It does look like a lot of fun and I did watch from the sidelines as another group put their’s together.

Basically you select the genre you want you movie trailer to be in – adventure, romance, etc and then go out and take short video clips which would fit with your trailer.  You then use the app to piece together the trailer by uploading and editing your videos to fit the sequences of the trailer.  You can add titles and end-credits to your trailer and the overall effect is extremely professional.  I would love to use this in a classroom and understand that it is not just something you could set the pupils off to do.  It would require lots of planning, especially to establish what each scene should be and how you are going to shoot it.  You can introduce the concept of angles, close-ups, distance, mid-shots etc as well as mood, colour and lighting.  These all have links to KS2 Literacy – En3; planning, drafting, developing, language use, layout, form and content etc.

For a great example of what can be accomplished in just one hour (adults not children remember) follow this link to Ben’s post about the ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ video his group made.


Here is a super (and lighthearted) idea of what you can achieve with imovie maker.

Moving on from the slushy stuff, here is an example of what you can do with a digi-blue camera and Windows Movie Maker.  My daughter and I created this video (with a bit of help from her little brother and step-dad) for her school project on fire.  The project didn’t have to be a video but as we had just looked at digi-blue cameras and Windows Movie Maker in our ICT sessions (last year) I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to practice with the technology and get to know it before attempting to use it with a class of 30 lively and excited pupils.

ok so we need to work on the sound next time but overall I was impressed, having never made and edited a video before!




Comment on November 22nd, 2012.

Claire, the video is brilliant, I love it! What a great idea. I will be practising our fire drill first thing in the morning.


Comment on November 22nd, 2012.

Thank you Angela. We all had lots of fun making it and it amused lauren because we had to do lots of takes of some scenes and it was not in sequence so didn’t make sense to her until we went to uni to edit it all. She loved that and I think it would be great to do with children in school.


Comment on November 22nd, 2012.

Oh wow!! I really enjoyed reading this post!! I love the video of you and your daughter!! what a brilliant thing to do with the children, and real life proof as she seemed to love it!!


Comment on November 23rd, 2012.

You’re right Laura she really did love and so did Thomas. Digi-blue cameras are so easy to use and they have a USB built into them so they plug straight into your computer. I was amazed by how easy it was to make and edit the video and it really didn’t take Lauren long to get her head around the editing process. I remember being told on 1b placement about making films with pupils and I was mortified at the idea. I can honestly say I am really looking forward to doing it now and seeing how creative they can be.


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