Making Movies with Students: Editing and Publishing

By Megan Power on December 3, 2009


It's true – my kindergartners made a movie about the story No, David!, written by David Shannon – as you have never seen it before! Be prepared to laugh out loud as you watch my students take on the role of parents trying to keep David from misbehaving. Learn more about how I use the movie-making process with my students to enhance the curriculum.

Previously, I blogged about the process of movie making with young students. I talked about the storyboarding and planning process in my first blog post and in the second post, I followed up with a discussion about the jobs of students and filming the clips for the movie. Now, I'm moving into the editing and publishing phase of making a movie.

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After you have filmed all of the small clips for your story it is time to edit and put them together to tell the story. I use Pinnacle software to edit, but there are a variety of other video editing software programs on the market today. You may even have software that might have come with your computer so take a look. I prefer Pinnacle because it has a lot of capabilities and options for my students and I to create our movies. With this movie we used a green screen to film and it is necessary to have video editing software that allows for chroma keying.

What is chroma keying you might be asking?

This is the process of taking away any green (the background) in the video clip. This allows us to put my students anywhere by placing them on another picture. For this movie we previously took a photograph of all the pages in the book. Then we used the computer software to chromakey the green out and placed them on the page of the book. Take a look at this How To Video to understand more about chroma keying.

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Editing is an important and extremely educational step! As teachers we are always talking about sequencing stories. Putting together all of the clips to make the movie make sense is a meaningful way to work on this skill. Students will right away be able to figure out the correct sequence for their movie to make sense. Editing movies is also a great way to work on editing in students writing. You can relate the cutting of clips, rearranging, and adding effects and sounds to make the movie look and sound better to what they need to do with their writing. With editing students also have to see their film from the viewers perspective to make sure that their purpose and ideas comes across on the film.

After all of that hard work it is time to publish your movie and share it with the word! My students are very proud of this student-made movie and we hope you enjoy it!

In my experience students will amaze you with every step of the filmmaking process. They learn so much from participating and creating their films. It is one of the most powerful learning experiences we can give our students. Have you used video with your students? We would love to hear our thoughts and ideas about creating movies with your students!

Comments

I have wanted to do similar projects but I am concerned about copyright issues. What kind of issues do you worry about?

We did this exact same project this year and my first graders absolutely LOVED it!!! Here is a link to our video...we are so proud of it we share it with everyone! http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=178175&title=Very_Cranky_Bear&ref=Teacher0117

Thanks for the great detailed explainations and instructions!

Your video is GREAT!! You and your students should be so proud. Video is such a great way to work on so many important skills. Thank you so much for sharing and I am so happy my posts helped you to do this with your students. Please continue to share all the wonderful things you are doing in your classroom! I hope some other teachers will see what you did here and be inspired to try it out in their classrooms! Smiles, Megan

Hello,

I love that idea I will be trying this starting on Wednesday. I love greenscreen. I do all my green screen photos using photoshop and I am thinking about creating a photoshop template for no david!

Thanks for your comment. Green screens are so useful. I am excited that you have a new idea to try. Let us know how it works out. Smiles, Megan

My kids absolutely love all of David Shannon's Books! What a creative idea! They know his books so well they wind up acting them out or completely taking over the circle time reading it to each other...Thanks for sharing this! Sincerely, Barbra

Barbara, Thanks for your comment. I think the kids all really love his stories and especially his illustrations. He is a great author/ illistrator. Make sure to show your kids our movie. I am sure they will think it is neat. Have a great holiday season! Smiles, Megan

LOVED the movie! :)

Thanks so much! We loved making it and my students love this book!!! It is amazing what happens when you put kids in front of the camera! Smiles, Megan

That is a sensational video... I wish I were more talented in this area, though I am filming good regular videos now!

Victoria, Thanks so much. We had a good time making it and learned so much! You have made a great start and you are so talented with editing your pictures. Let me know if you need any help or tips! You are an amazing teacher and I love reading your blog! Smiles, Megan

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