Steps for Video Project Brainstorming

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Steps for Video Project

1. Brainstorming. Begin by brainstorming the big picture of your story. Identify a basic story plot, images you might want to incorporate, possible videos or music that would fit well, and anything else you can think of. Use the project plan and 7 elements worksheet to help you. Bring a hard copy and post your project plan to Oncourse> Resources> Group Resources folder by week 5.

2. Script. The next step is to begin writing your script. This is primarily run by the Director. (However, all members should contribute). It is best if you come with a rough draft of a script to class. Since we are working on pieces that will be approximately 5 minutes long, your final script should be at least 3 pages typed in a reasonable font and double spaced. You will finally use the script on the storyboards.
* Hint: Choose one idea and begin to clarify the setting, characters, and the shape of the story. You should write down your story or script in rough draft form to outline the sequence of events.
3. Collect Digital Sources. This step should be primarily run (or at least organized) by the Intern. Collect digital sources from your own original sources, or from one of the websites linked below in Locating Digital Resources. Save all these files in your team's resources folder on OnCourse.
* Hint: Once you have settled on a story and have an idea of its structure, begin to gather appropriate media. Remember, all the materials you gather should support your stories. "What music will help build the right mood for your story? How can you use images to build suspense or develop characters?"
* Hint: Make sure all material is gathered according to copyright law and fair use guidelines. For more information, see the copyright section of this page.

* Hint: Look at the various storytelling techniques used including point of view, editing, and use of sound and music. Try looking at digital storytelling examples and notice what tricks they use. For example, ask yourself "What visual cues help the viewer understand the setting? How does the use of music or sound effects add to the story? Who is telling the story? What makes visual transitions work well?"

4. Organize Digital Sources. Once you have all your digital sources, make sure to save them all in your team's resource folder. Next, download all these files into one folder onto the Director's Flash Drive. Make sure ALL files are stored in one place. This includes the movie maker project file when you start it. This is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. If your files are lost on the final day of uploading, you will receive a zero.
5. Storyboarding. Create a storyboard using the template and incorporate all your digital sources. Submit this document via the Assignment Tool: Video Storyboard. Your instructor will provide you with feedback.
* Hint: Soryboarding pulls together the multimedia components of a project. Working from you scripts, you should sketch rough images in each box and include written descriptions of sound for each major scene. Your final storyboards should align closely with your scripts.
6. Working on the Movie. You may use MovieMaker, iMovie, or any other video editing program. For assistance with the programs, visit the tutorial website. If you have any questions you can post on the Oncourse Wiki page or ask in the lab hours. You are encouraged to answer any posted questions on Oncourse wiki page, and extra credit will be assigned for your contribution.

7. Turn in your video project and present in class. You will need to turn in your video project to Oncourse resources by Week 7 (the week of Oct 8). The producer should be responsible for uploading the video onto Teacher Tube or You Tube. Detailed instruction will be provided in class.

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