Wednesday, May 5, 2010

My first digital filmmaking experience!

Last week my class completed our second collaborative project! The project began with my students learning about creative writing through Write Source curriculum. We used the writing process to write stories that could ultimately be turned into films. Students published their stories, presented them to the class, and voted on the three best stories. These stories were then written into a script and students were able to create costumes, props, backdrops to turn them into films. After filming, we learned (together) how to edit the films on Movie Maker. We celebrated by having an Arnold/Taylor film fest!

The kids LOVED this project and it was a learning experience for all of us. With the help of Ms. Taylor, I was able to learn the basics of how to use Flip cameras, Movie Maker, and convert the films to RealPlayer. We missed the deadline by about a week to enter into the Adams 14 Film Fest, but am excited to try this project again next year (starting a bit earlier)!

They are posted on my blog if you would like to check our films out!


Arnold said...

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


Kelly Berry said...

Thanks Laurie for sharing your enthusiasm for your films and student work. My kids look forward to watching and leaving comments for your class. Watch for our comments next week!