Transcript of Using film video

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Teacher – Lloyd Kusa: Students produced a trailer using iMovie based on a traditional fairytale asking them to use the element of style through Burton and how that was re-created with a Gothic theme.

So we started that process by initially asking the children to research some traditional fairytales that they were comfortable with and gave them the idea of how they could twist that into a way to give it a different spin, to change the plot.

So I started with getting the kids into mixed-ability groups and asked the children to use the strengths within the group, and from using those strengths they came up with a fairytale and they worked on how they could modify it in a way to change the whole feel of the story. So by using that storyboard, children then came up with a bit of a list as a group and they worked on their strengths, so the children who weren't comfortable to be in front of the screen, for instance, were the producers and the ones working on what type of shots they'd be using for different parts of the film. There were other children that had that creative flair and wanted to find the costumes and use the make-up and find the music, for instance, to actually add that touch to their trailer, keeping in mind that Burton was the theme and Tim Burton did use that Gothic theme, using the lights and the music to actually enhance that.

So from that, the children then spent some time in the playground creating their trailers, using their expertise, using their experiences with iMovie, keeping in mind I had to actually teach them how to use the application effectively for them to produce their final copy. A lot of editing took place in between to get that right shot to make sure that what they were trying to push across in their storyboard was executed in the final product.

OK, so we've looked at that trailer, 'Cinderfella'. I thought it was fantastic, and that's my opinion. What I need you to do now is look at your rubric that we created as a class and use your highlighters to mark where they stood with those elements. Off you go.

Within this class, we're all about analysing and critiquing and being comfortable as learners in the classroom, so throughout this whole process of implementing this whole idea of style and looking at Burton, I got them to use the Web 2.0 application Edmodo, and just to put some posts on their journey through the filmmaking and got them to put down their experiences. As a class, I asked the children what they thought constituted a great iMovie and what didn't, and through that we broke down the elements of style and got them to create a rubric, and that rubric that was created by the class empowered the children to take ownership of what an A might look like and what a C, which is a sound, may look like.

Would you like to share with the 'Cinderfella' group what was an area that they needed to work on?

Student: Um, I thought they used... their lighting 'unappropriately' because you couldn't see the, um, main characters' faces when they were coming to the ballroom dance.

Teacher – Lloyd Kusa: Aaron, would you like to share with the 'Cinderfella' group what was something they did well in their trailer?

Student – Aaron: Um, I thought that they used the camera angle shots very well and I really liked, um, the aerial shot that they used at the ballroom dance.

Teacher – Lloyd Kusa: I find that quality literature is important to use in the classroom because it sparks that creative and critical thinking. With creative and critical thinking comes engagement, and the children find that whatever text is in front of them, regardless of their ability, they have that interest. If the interest is there, you have the children already working in your favour. By having that as the foundation, you can actually find the teaching points within the quality literature.

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