Movie Trailers

After missing last lesson I was unsure what programmes were being used and their effectiveness. We decided to do a movie trailer. This would be incorporated into a literacy lesson. Our particular trailer was a new James Bond movie. However, the idea originally came because on placement a lesson in a medium-term plan I was provided required the children to design a poster for their class book. The idea of creating an actual trailer seems much more appealing.

The library was really busy so we decided that we did not want to sit in the school experience section and play with puppets while creating a storybook trailer. The new film ‘Skyfall’ has just been released and gave us the idea of a James Bond spoof.

Not sure this is what Shane looked like.

We used the iPad software ‘imovie’. I found this a glitchy software, which was difficult to use. It also required a lot of video in order to make an effective trailer. If used with children it would be necessary to do storyboards and have some planning behind what they wanted to include in their trailer otherwise the freedom might cause confusion and problems.

Overall, I did not feel that our trailer was a complete success because it’s confusing. This is mainly due to the lack of video that we had and the trailer had to finished in order to work properly. Also, the programme was limited in the length of time that each video could be and this could be frustrating for the children. However, it produces a professional outcome that children will be proud of.

3 thoughts on “Movie Trailers”

  1. You make a good point about the need to plan a storyboard in advance of filming in order to get the best results. There is an opportunity also to compare text and film and consider how to convey messages in different media.

  2. Yes, this was something that was covered in English shortly after this lesson. It makes an interesting cross-curricular link that I didn’t really think of before. Teachers I have met in school have rarely viewed films as educationally and ‘some fun for a Friday afternoon’. However, the value especially when paired with ICT (and making their own) could be really good.

  3. I agree with you’re point about our trailer (I worked with laura and Shane on it)! Although exciting to film, it was confusing! However, I feel in the primary classroom teacher’s would go through how to make the trailer, whereas we were shown a little then asked to explore. Both approaches are beneficial and I think children are not given enough credit into how much I.C.T they can actually understand, as you state in your vision statement 🙂
    I think that with a little tutorial and time given to children to explore the features to develop skills in trial and error and reason and problem solving, the IPAD software imovie can be used really effectively, depending on what the teacher wants the learning outcome to be.
    I personally feel that i learned a lot using the software! I feel that with children at the higher stage of key stage one and the lower of key stage to the time limit will not present a problem and they will learn I.C.T, problem solving, and media skills and have an end product to their work that they can be proud of.
    I also agree that linking it across the curriculm, such as with english is a great way to extend and link the learning! For older children, they could still benefit widely from making the trailer, but yes i agree it is a little too structured for them possibly but this would be a good starting point for them to reflect on and think of what other programs they could use. What do you think?

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