Preparing for the Canyons District Film Festival
Why Participate in the Film Festival?
"The filmmaking process from initial idea to final presentation is loaded with opportunities and experiences that make it such a powerful and appropriate tool for 21st century classrooms.
Filmmaking begins with an idea. Ideas are then explored and developed. Research is conducted. Oral pre-sentations are pitched. Scripts are written. Storyboards (comic-book like visualizations) are created. Shot lists are detailed and planning, planning, planning ensues. Cameras finally roll. Editing begins (analysis - synthesis - presentation) and finally the finished videos are presented in the classroom and beyond."
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Last Edited By: Katie Blunt
Helping Students Through the Film Making Process:
Creating a storyboard is an essential part of any film/video project. Here are some sites that can help you with the storyboarding process:
The footage you shoot is a key part of any film project. Here are some tips for gathering quality footage:
Clear, Steady Footage:
There are many tools available to help you edit your film. Some common tools include iMovie, Final Cut Pro, and Adobe Premiere.
When editing your film, consider how you might effectively use the following:
Apple's 10 Tips for Capturing Great Video: apple-digitalmovie-tips.pdf
Interviewing skills are particularly important for students creating documentary or newscast film projects.
"A video interview can be thought of as a conversation involving three types of people:
"Typically, the interviewer begins by setting the scene. They invite the viewer into the conversation by introducing the location, guest and topic. At this point the interviewer is probably speaking to the camera as if they were looking the viewer in the eye.
"Next, the interviewer turns to speak to the guest. Then follows a fairly one-sided conversation in which the interviewer asks questions which are (usually) designed to encourage the guest to talk a lot.
"The way the interview progresses will depend on the situation. A short interview will last long enough to get the information from the guest and then close, often quite abruptly. A more in-depth or personal interview will usually go through a settling-in stage where simple facts are discussed, then move gently towards the more thorny issues.
"The interview is usually concluded by thanking the guest. The interviewer may then turn back to the camera and say goodbye to the viewer, as well as tidy up any script requirements such as leading to the next piece in the program."
-From Media College.com
Lighting is one of the most important elements when making a video. Here are some tips for quality lighting:
Audio can be one of the most difficult aspects of taping. If you use only the camera microphone for audio you will have to keep the camera close to those doing the talking. You will also need to have them speak up. Here are some tips:
External Sound Clips:
Sometimes you just don't have the sound or music you need for your project. Here are a couple of suggestions for getting just the right sound effects:
Be sure that you only use materials in your film that you have permission to use. Any music, photos, and other creative works borrowed from others and included in your film must be used with express written permission, under fair use guidelines, or under a Creative Commons license. Please properly credit any such creative works. For more information about copyright, please visit the Copyright, Creative Commons and Digital Citizenship and Online Safety pages of our site.
Film festival entries that break copyright, do not contain proper credits, or do not have proper media and information releases for each person involved in the film will not be considered for Canyons District Film Festival awards. If you have copyright and permissions questions, please contact your school's Educational Technology Specialist or email Katie Blunt at firstname.lastname@example.org.