STUDENTS AS CREATORS: Grade 6 Multimedia Lessons, 2018

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STUDENTS AS CREATORS

Grade 6 Multimedia Lessons

In preparation for the Grade 5/6 Film Festival in September, here is an outline of what the senior school students at Berwick Lodge Primary School are working on in their weekly multimedia classes with Mr Kelly in Term 1, 2018.

The lessons are designed to introduce students to the film making process. Working first as a class – and then in small groups – students view and analyse sample multimedia presentations and past film festival films and critique the what worked and what didn’t work before developing their own films and film making style. Students are taught about framing shots, recording, green screening and editing their films in iMovie. (The students are also taught about copyright law and intellectual property.)

Weekly Program Overview

Week 1 – Lesson 1: Framing Shots.

In this first 45 minute lesson, the students are taught how to take a good photo by framing it correctly to achieve the ‘perfect’ shot. Using the iPads, the students are given the task to snap a photo of an interesting person, place or thing – with the intention of making the photo look both visually and aesthetically appealing. They are taught to think about foreground and background, long shots and close-ups.  The tagline is “Each shot should be a work of art!”

Here are some great students examples…

Here is an example of the questions the students are asked before they start their multimedia projects – and the criteria expectation associated with it.

Multimedia Film Project Planning Information

  1. What will your group’s film be about?
  2. What will be the purpose of the film? Who is it for?

(circle one)

  • Express yourself artistically
  • Persuade someone
  • Give information

Other: _____________________________________________

  1. Brainstorm with your group. What ideas do you have about things to include or themes for your group’s film?
  2. Does anyone in your group have any special skills or knowledge about multimedia tools or film making techniques? If so, what are they? How can they be used?
  3. Think about your film. What video or audio will you need to create or capture?

Week 1: Introduction to Film Making

Grade 3/4 Multimedia Extension

1 x 60minute lesson per week across Term 4

Introduce filmmaking to the students via watching previous Grade 5/6 Film Festival films. Discuss the process of writing a script, storyboarding, filming and editing.

Task: When watching the films, explore camera angles, tracking shots, camera stability, etc. Ask the students to write down all the different types of shots they recognise – long shot, close-up, drone, etc. What works? Why?

Challenge the students by asking them how they would improve the film. What would they do? What shots would they use?

Outcomes/Assessment:

By the end of the lesson, students should be able to name camera angles and basic equipment used to make a film.

Focus Skill: Camera Angles

Week 2: Story is KING

Grade 3/4 Multimedia Extension

1 x 60minute lesson per week across Term 4

Following on from the previous lesson, talk to the students about the importance of having a good story in mind before making a film. Talk about script writing. Show examples of Grade 5/6 radio show scripts to the students and listen to the finished show – broadcast on 97.7FM Casey Radio. Identify the key attributes of a good script (detail, cohesiveness, etc). 

Task: Explore story ideas and script writing.

Listen to the story ‘Nodal’s Christmas’ https://clyp.it/roqpx14z and discuss the beginning, middle and end to the story.

Outcomes/Assessment:

Students should be able to identify attributes of a good story and script.

Focus Skill: Script Writing

Week 3: Storyboarding

Grade 3/4 Multimedia Extension

1 x 60minute lesson per week across Term 4

In this lesson ask the students to create their own short film storyboard. Show the students how to create a storyboard and explain the reasons why it is important to create one before starting the filmmaking process.

Task: Explore both successful and unsuccessful storyboarding techniques.

Outcomes/Assessment:

Students should be able to identify attributes of a good storyboard.

Focus Skill: Storyboarding

Week 4: Props and Equipment

Grade 3/4 Multimedia Extension

1 x 60minute lesson per week across Term 4

All films require props and equipment. Discuss the importance of props in making a film authentic and the different types of equipment needed to make a film (camera, microphone, editing software, green screen).

Task: Explore why props are an important attribute to making a good film.

Outcomes/Assessment:

By the end of the lesson, students should be able to show their understanding of why props are an important part of the filmmaking process.

Week 5: Let’s make a movie!

Grade 3/4 Multimedia Extension

1 x 60minute lesson per week across Term 4

Using the multimedia iPads, the students are required to create a short 30 second film. The film needs to have a short script and storyboard completed before the filming commences.

Task: In pairs, the students start to create their first film. Using their knowledge of filmmaking from the previous lessons, the students are required to use different camera angles, a tracking shot and demonstrate good filmmaking techniques.

Outcomes/Assessment:

By the end of the lesson, students will have created their first 30 second film.

Focus Skill: Filmmaking

Week 6: iMovie and Editing

Grade 3/4 Multimedia Extension

1 x 60minute lesson per week across Term 4

Following on from the previous lesson, the students now use the editing software iMovie on the multimedia iPads to edit their film.

Task: Using iMovie, import the video content recorded in the previous lesson and start editing your film. Use transitions, titles and effects to make your movie visually interesting and engaging.

Outcomes/Assessment:

By the end of the lesson, students will have edited a 30 second film using iMovie

Focus Skill: Editing

Week 7: Green Screen

Grade 3/4 Multimedia Extension

1 x 60minute lesson per week across Term 4

This week, the students will create a short 60 second film using the Green Screen in the film studio.

Outcomes/Assessment:

By the end of the lesson, students will have used Lego to create a robotic animal and programmed the animal to move via the We Do software.

Focus Skill: Problem Solving