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December 3, 2009 Making Movies with Students: Editing and Publishing By Megan Power


    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!


    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.

    IMG_0490 IMG_0492

    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.

    IMG_0496 IMG_0495

    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!

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