BASIC ELEMENTS NOTES:
What is it? First, there's the "digital" part--that's easy. Video, images, recorded audio--that part isn't rocket science!
So, let's take a look at the art of storytelling. We all know what it means to tell a story. But, what is it that makes a GOOD story?

There are a few basic elements that make a story really GOOD:

1. HOW YOU TELL IT. The best stories are told in a way that enhance the experience. Ever had someone tell you a story and they have an annoying voice or they take WAY too long to tell it and, before you know it, you aren't even listening anymore? How we tell our stories is a BIG DEAL. When people tell stories through images or video, the same applies!

2. THE BIG QUESTION. A good story makes people wonder "WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN???!!!!." It compels us to keep listening or watching or paying attention to find out what happens in the end. Movie trailers have this down to an art! They show you just enough to make you want to see the "rest" of the story!

3. PACING. This sort of relates to #1. It's tricky to tell your story in just the right amount of time that's not too long and not too short. You have to edit your content in a way that keeps it moving along, but doesn't leave the audience confused.

4. THE HUMAN CONDITION. The best stories have something in them with which the audience can identify or recognize within themselves. A good story about a super hero makes us feel good because it may appeal to our desire to see good defeat evil. A good story about a "nobody" becoming famous might appeal to our dreams of being a big success. A really scary movie triggers our fear about something. Whatever it is, that human condition is what helps an audience "connect" to a story.

5. SOUND--Music, sound effects--all of those beautiful auditory "accessories" are what helps pull a great digital story together. Think about it. When someone tells a story to little kids, they tend to use sound effects to make it more interesting. The same principle applies to "big" kids, too!

BASIC ELEMENTS FILL IN

ANALYSIS 6 WORD STORY

ASSIGNMENT:

1. WRITE A STORY ABOUT YOURSELF IN SIX WORDS.
FOR EXAMPLE, ERNEST HEMINGWAY ONCE WROTE A SIX-WORD STORY: "FOR SALE, BABY SHOES, NEVER WORN."
THIS IS ACTUALLY A SAD STORY. WHY IS SOMEONE SELLING BABY SHOES? WHY WERE THEY NEVER WORN? THINK ABOUT IT.
*SO, THINK ABOUT YOUR ENTIRE LIFE UP UNTIL THIS MOMENT. THINK ABOUT A SIX WORD PHRASE OR SENTENCE THAT WOULD REALLY CAPTURE THE ESSENCE OF YOU!


USING VIDEO AND AUDIO FOR DIGITAL STORIES

VIDEO:
1. OPEN SAFARI
2. GO TO YOUTUBE & CHOOSE A VIDEO (KEEP IT UNDER 20-30 SEC IF POSSIBLE)
3. COPY THE URL OF THE VIDEO (COMMAND + C = COPY OR SELECT IT & GO TO EDIT--> COPY)
4. OPEN A NEW TAB IN SAFARI. GO TO KEEPVID.
5. PASTE THE URL IN KEEPVID (COMMAND + V = PASTE OR GO TO EDIT-->PASTE)
6. CLICK ON THE DOWNLOAD BUTTON TO THE RIGHT
7. IT MAY TAKE A MINUTE BUT IT SHOULD LOAD UP A LIST OF FORMATS. CHOOSE AN .MP4 FORMAT
8. YOUR VIDEO WILL DOWNLOAD--MAKE SURE YOU TAKE NOTE OF THE NAME OF IT.
9. ONCE YOUR VIDEO HAS BEEN DOWNLOADED, SAVE IT TO YOUR DESKTOP. YOU MAY HAVE TO SEARCH
FOR IT ON YOUR COMPUTER AND MOVE IT TO THE DESKTOP.
10. IN IMOVIE, GO TO FILE-->IMPORT-->MOVIE AND SELECT THE MOVIE YOU DOWNLOADED FROM THE DESKTOP.
YOUR VIDEO WILL NOW SHOW UP IN IMOVIE AND YOU CAN EDIT IT AS NEEDED.

AUDIO:
1. FOLLOW STEPS 1-3 ABOVE.
2. OPEN A NEW TAB IN SAFARI AND GO TO SNIPMP3.COM
3. PASTE THE URL IN KEEPVID (COMMAND + V = PASTE OR GO TO EDIT-->PASTE)
4. CLICK ON THE CONVERT BUTTON TO THE RIGHT
5. IT MAY TAKE A MINUTE BUT IT SHOULD LOAD UP YOUR MP3 FILE TO DOWNLOAD. CLICK ON IT TO DOWNLOAD.
6. YOUR MP3 WILL DOWNLOAD--MAKE SURE YOU TAKE NOTE OF THE NAME OF IT.
7. ONCE YOUR MP3 HAS BEEN DOWNLOADED, SAVE IT TO YOUR DESKTOP. YOU MAY HAVE TO SEARCH
FOR IT ON YOUR COMPUTER AND MOVE IT TO THE DESKTOP.
8. YOU CAN DRAG YOUR MP3 FILE INTO IMOVIE WHERE YOU CAN MOVE IT AS NEEDED.





LIFE AT 25 PROJECT:
GOAL-TO PRODUCE A 1:20-1:40 SHOW IN IMOVIE ABOUT WHAT YOU WISH YOUR LIFE TO BE LIKE AT AGE 25
COVER:
*TRAVEL
*HOMES
*EDUCATION
*CAREER
*HONEY-BUNNY
*KIDS?
*VEHICLES
*PETS
*YOUR STYLE
*FRIENDS
*HOBBIES
DREAM BIG!!!*







SILENT FILM UNIT:
This unit explores a few examples of the silent film genre. How do you "tell" a story without people speaking?
*_ have to be exaggerated.
*Title screens explain_ /.
*Title screens have to be , though!

Watch the following and answer the questions after you watch:
THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY
GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY
1.Which company made "The Great Train Robbery?"

2. Who directed it?

3. When was it made?

4. Write a one sentence summary of what happens.

THE LION'S CAGE
THE LION'S CAGE
1. Who is Charlie Chaplin?

2. What types of comedy does he use?

3. Who was he influenced by?

4. Write a one sentence summary of what happens.

THE MOST EXPENSIVE SCENE IN SILENT FILM
MOST EXPENSIVE SCENE
1. Who was in it?

2. What movie did it belong to?

3. What happens in the scene?

FOR THE BIRDS
FOR THE BIRDS
1. Which company made it?

2. Write a one sentence summary of what happens in it?







SILENT FILM PROJECT:
Your group will make a 1 minute silent movie based on the following scenarios:



OPTION A: A tramp is asleep on the grass. A married couple walks by and a mugger comes along to rob them. However, the tramp wakes up and saves the day! But the tramp tries to steal a kiss from the lady and the man chases him away.



OPTION B: A couple is walking down the sidewalk when the lady suddenly sees a snake/spider, etc. She freaks out and faints. The man tries to kill the snake/spider, etc. but it keeps getting away. Two people rush over to help the fainted lady. But they trip and fall on the man. While they are struggling to get back up, the fainted lady wakes up only to find the snake/spider, etc. sitting on top of her!








MOVIE TRAILER PROJECT:
CHECK OUT THIS TRAILER REMAKE!




GETTING TO KNOW YOU PROJECT

GOAL:To demonstrate that you and your table crew know how to create and conduct an interview suitable for a high school classroom audience.

PROCESS: You & your table crew must come up with 8 questions to interview each other with on camera (via Ipad). You will then edit your footage into a digital story in Imovie.

GUIDELINES/REQUIREMENTS:
*Questions shouldn't be just "yes/no" types. Answers should be explained.

*Email your questions for to Mrs. B for approval BEFORE you start filming. All questions will be forwarded to Dr. Wilkinson, as well. So, think on that.

*YOUR FIRST SEGMENT SHOULD BE EACH ONE OF YOU STATING YOUR NAME, AGE AND GRADE LEVEL.
(I'm Timmy Smith and I'm a 17 year-old senior at BRHS).

*Film the interviewee answering while you ask questions (off camera).

*Have a title screen with your questions before each answer. Show one person answering & then the other safter each question.

EXAMPLE:
CLIP 1-(TITLE SCREEN) DESCRIBE ONE OF YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENTS.
CLIP 2-STUDENT A ANSWERING THE QUESTION
CLIP 3-STUDENT B ANSWERING THE QUESTION.
*AND SO FORTH*

QUESTIONS MUST BE APPROVED BY END OF CLASS TODAY.
FILMING MUST BE COMPLETE DURING OUR ALLOTTED TIME TUESDAY. WE MAY BEGIN EDITING TUESDAY, AS WELL.
EDITING WILL BE COMPLETED ON WEDNESDAY DURING CLASS. THIS IS AN IN-CLASS ASSIGNMENT!




WHERE IN THE WORLD? PROJECT GUIDELINES:
GOAL-TO CREATE A 3-4 MINUTE DIGITAL STORY USING IMOVIE ABOUT THE COUNTRY YOU PICKED. YOU WILL ALSO BRING FOOD TO REPRESENT YOUR COUNTRY AT OUR WORLD DINNER ON THURSDAY!
YOU ARE OUR TRAVEL GUIDE FOR THIS COUNTRY, SO TELL US WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW!

MUST INCLUDE:
NO LESS THAN 25 PHOTOS
TITLE SCREENS
TRANSITIONS
VOICEOVER/MUSIC(USE JINGLES IN IMOVIE MUSIC)
GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION INFO
CLIMATE INFO
HISTORY INFO
POPULATION INFO
CULTURE INFO (FOOD, SOCIAL CUSTOMS, LANGUAGE, RELIGION, ATTIRE, ETC.)
HOT SPOTS-CAPITOLS, KEY CITIES, ETC.
NEWSWORTHY INFO (IF APPLICABLE)
*WOULD YOU TRAVEL TO THIS COUNTRY OR NOT? WHY/WHY NOT?

DUE DATE:
MUST BE UPLOADED BY END OF CLASS ON_.
*WE WILL HAVE A "WORLD" DINNER IN CLASS ON _-YOU SHOULD BRING FOOD THAT BEST REPRESENTS YOUR COUNTRY. WE WILL EAT WHILE WE EVALUATE OUR PRESENTATIONS.

THE FOLLOWING SITE MIGHT HELP YOU GET STARTED:
COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD





STORYBOOK PROJECT:
GOAL: TO COLLABORATE IN PAIRS TO CREATE A 10-15 PAGE DIGITAL STORY USING BOOKABI.

FOLLOW THESE STEPS:__
  1. GO TO APP STORE
  2. SEARCH FOR BOOKABI
  3. DOWNLOAD & INSTALL IT

ONCE YOU’VE INSTALLED IT . . .
  1. CREATE A NEW STORY
  2. TITLE IT AND PUT BOTH YOUR NAMES FOR AUTHOR NAME
6. CONTINUE TO CREATE YOUR STORY. TAKE TURNS DOING A PAGE PER PERSON.
7. THE LAST PAGE SHOULD READ: THE END
PROJECT IS DUE BY FRIDAY-END OF CLASS. EMAIL TO MRS. B.


WHO? PROJECT GUIDELINES:
TOPIC: ANY PERSON-LIVING OR DEAD-IN WHOM YOU ARE INTERESTED
*We've had students who chose Elvis, the pope, Beyonce--just all kinds of people! It doesn't matter who it is, as long as you can provide enough information for a good presentation that MEETS the requirements!

Step 1
YOU MUST CHOOSE YOUR PERSON AND DO RESEARCH.
ALL RESEARCH MUST BE WRITTEN DOWN FIRST!! (WILL BE TURNED IN!).
Step 2:
SHOW RESEARCH TO MRS. B & GET APPROVED TO GO AHEAD.
USING YOUR RESEARCH, COLLECT PHOTOS AND ASSEMBLE YOUR PRESENTATION USING KEYNOTE OR IMOVIE.


OTHER INFO ABOUT THIS PRESENTATION:
PHOTOS: 20-30
TEXT SCREENS-MUST EXPLAIN GENERAL INFO
*DATE OF BIRTH/DEATH
*CHILDHOOD/IMPORTANCE/COOL FACTS/LATER YEARS
TIME LENGTH: NO LESS THAN 1:30/ NO MORE THAN 2:40

RUBRIC

ACTIVITY 2:
USING THE STORYBOARD GIVEN, DRAW THE FOLLOWING STORY ON IT. YOU MUST FILL EACH FRAME. YOU CAN ELABORATE DETAILS OF THE STORY AS YOU SEE FIT:

A BOY NAMED ALEX WOKE UP LATE FOR SCHOOL. HE HAD TO TAKE A TARDY TO HOMEROOM. HE WAS FEELING PRETTY BUMMED ABOUT IT. SUDDENLY, HE RUNS INTO HIS CRUSH! IT'S A GIRL NAMED HALEY. HALEY SMILES AT ALEX AND MAKES HIM BLUSH. ALEX GETS SO BASHFUL THAT HE SPITS ON HALEY WHEN HE TRIES TO SAY HELLO. HALEY FREAKS OUT ABOUT IT AND RUNS AWAY. ALEX'S FRIEND DALON MAKES FUN OF HIM FOR IT. ALEX GETS MAD AND TAKES A SWING AT DALON. DALON DUCKS AND ALEX WINDS UP HITTING A TEACHER! ALEX RUSHES TO HELP THE TEACHER AND TRIPS OVER HIS SHOELACES! AS HE LAY THERE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HALLWAY, ALEX LOOKS UP AT THE CEILING AND NOTICES A GIANT COCKROACH WAVING AT HIM.
THE END.