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Final Project


Now that you’ve had time to complete several shorter, directed projects, it is time to strike out on your own! Once we’ve broken down into groups, you’ll pitch your idea and come to a consensus for a topic. Some quick research will lead to a storyboard and script. You’ll spend time shooting the video sequences necessary and then you’ll all return to the computer lab where you’ll edit your project and prepare it for showing.

The Project

Each person will work with a team to create a two (2) minute video (excluding title and credits) that fits a curricular need or goal for his or her classroom. Here are a few ideas:
  • Review a novel
  • Demonstrate a scientific concept
  • Interview an author or historical figure (and their contemporaries!)
  • An electronic field trip
  • Explain how to do a science experiment
  • Retell an old story with a new twist
  • Interview a local expert and add visuals to make their talk more understandable
  • Create a “how-to” video
  • Make a public service announcement
  • Demonstrate how to solve a math problem with good visuals or a story line
  • Show applications of science or math to real life
  • Highlight careers in your content area (complete with interviews),

Forming Groups

Grade level teams are encouraged to work together on this project.
If you are not in a grade level team, join forces based on content interest: math, science, social studies, language arts, etc.

Pitch Your Idea

Each member of the team will spend 10-15 minutes preparing their pitch. You’ll have 1 minute to pitch your idea to the group. Based on the pitch, your group will pick one idea.

Storyboard and Script

Create your storyboard and script for the video.

Shoot Your Video

This is most certainly a group project. You can divide the tasks up to save time, but you’ll usually need a camera person and the actor for each scene. Work for efficiency at this stage. You might want two people shooting video and the other looking for images, or pairs if possible shooting videos. If you have a narrator shoot their video first and then use them to help with other shots. Remember, you don’t shoot in order of the video. You shoot based on available resources. You are going to create the story as you edit the video. The shooting is just getting your ideas down in a concrete form. If you aren’t sure something worked with you shot it, do it again if at all possible. The pro’s call it “doing one for Murphy.” (You’ve heard of Murphy’s law: If anything can go wrong, it WILL go wrong!

Edit the Video

Bid farewell to your group and sit down at a computer to start editing down your own unique video! Actually, it might be best to stay close to your group members for clarification, help, and emergency shoots if you discover you forgot something indispensable.


Requirements

You final project must include the following technical components:
  • Pitch summary
  • Complete storyboard and script
  • 2-3 mins (not including credits)
  • title and credits; music during title and credits
  • in-camera voice and 1 voice over(narration); along with solid music and sound effects (no dead air)
  • at least one still image with perceived movement
  • at least 1 text overlay
  • at least 2 transitions and/or effects
  • at least 3-5 different camera angles/ shots
  • rubric for grading final project