Interactive SCDM Portal: Movie Projects

Movie Projects are a great way to get even our youngest students started with Digital Media!

Pre-Production Process

Developing a Movie Project Prompt:
Crafting Essential Questions
Brainstorming Generative Topics

Project Types:
Create documentaries about science and social studies concepts
– Create tutorials explaining class content like steps for long division or the meaning of vocabulary words
– Video Read Alouds of Favorite Books
– Reader’s Theater with finger puppets or popsicle stick avatars
– Commercials for service projects or school events
– OR check out this more extensive List of Student Movie Making Project Types!

Two Sample Movie Making Assignments:
Movies Assignment Directions for grades K-2
Movies Assignment Directions for grades 3-5

Movies Assignment Directions for grades 6-12

Web Resources for Student Brainstorming, Planning, and Developing Storyboards & Scripts:
Create mindmaps using or install Lucid Chart or MindMeister for Google Drive
Brainstorm lists
Use free writing
Establish the purpose or main objective of the movie (i.e. what the audience will know, feel, or do as a result of watching the movie)
CBBC Me & My Movie “How To” Booklet (printable planning and storyboarding guide)
StoryKeepers’ Storyboarding Templates and Processes
Collaborative Scriptwriting using Google Docs
High quality scriptwriting app: Celtx


Production Process

Easy ways to capture live video:
FlipCams or Digital Cameras
Built-in Cameras
Document Camera Video Capture
Use video capture in Windows Movie Maker/ Windows Live Movie Maker or Mac’s iMovie or Photobooth
Screen capture with tools like Screencast-o-matic, Screen Chomp, or Explain Everything
Import a set of pictures or video clips from the web. A great list of sites with images to use can be found here or you can use Creative Commons images from Be sure these images have Creative Commons licenses and that the students attribute them to their creator.

Easy Apps for Video Editing:
Windows Movie Maker/ Windows Live Movie Maker
iMovie – Click here for info and samples with this Web 2.0 tool.


Post-Production Process

Evaluations and Rubrics:
Assess based on the learning goals
Share rubrics at the beginning of the project (and consider adding a checklist)
Rubric Creator: Rubistar

Authentic Audiences:
Get parent permission to post/display work (samples: one and two)
Ways to garner authentic audiences


Time to Take it Further?

Movie Projects with Primary Grades
Using Digital Photography
Stop Motion (& time lapse)
3D Movie Making
Animated PowerPoint “Movies” and Documentaries
– Three resources with lists of Web 2.0 tools & Apps for movie making!!
>>> More Web 2.0 tools and apps for movie making
>>> ICT Magic video and animation resources
>>> iPad Apps for Storytelling
See more examples of Student-Created Movies on my YouTube Channel!

Movie Projects

Audio & Podcasting

Digital Storytelling

3D Media

Web 2.0 Apps