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editingVideo Production: Shooting

How will I create the video that's in my head?

Sources of Images, Sounds, and Video

Why re-invent the wheel? Use existing images, sounds, and video clips in your projects. Be sure to check copyright and provide credit when you use the works of others.

Look for collections that will provide groups of resources. For instance, KitZu provides groups of media related to curriculum topics.





If you have access to Apple's Garageband, you can create original music segments.

Sound Effects


Take 1Try It: Explore Resources
Explore resources that can be used student productions.


Digital technology provides the opportunity to try lots of different techniques. Try some of the following in your projects.

B-Roll. You'll want video footage that provides an overview of your scene such as the outside of the building, people getting out of the car, faces showing reactions, and close-ups of doors opening. These can be woven into your story to add interest.

Box Scenes. Create your own scenes using middle school examples from Vimeo for inspiration.

Cell Phone Video. You don't need a fancy camera to produce and interesting video. Use your cell phone. Read 7 Superb Short Films Shot with Cellphones.

Claymation. Use stop-action animation to create a story using clay or other figures. Place your camera on a tripod. Place the figures in a scene. Press record, then stop recording. Move the figures slightly. Then, record again.

Door Scenes. Create your own scenes using middle school examples from Vimeo for inspiration.

Thomas Edison. Use some of the techniques Edison used in his early films. Go to Vimeo for student examples.

Green Screen. A green screen allows you to easily insert an impact in the background. You need administrator access to add this file. Read about Green Screen Use. Directions for Green Screen on Movie Maker 2.

George Melies. Melies was a famous early film maker. Ask students to emulate his techniques. Go to Vimeo for student examples.

Lumiere Brothers. These early film makers had a unique style. Ask students to emulate it. Go to Vimeo for student examples.

Silent Film. You don't need words for a great film. Watch the following examples of silent films.

Use the Digital Detective handout (PDF) to remind students about effective shooting techniques.

Take 1Try It: Explore Video Techniques
Explore one of the techniques above. How could you integrate it into a video project?

Read my web-based article Shooting a Video.

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