Digital Storytelling How To’s: Three New Favorites

One of the projects I’ll be delving into big time come the New Year is the DOLCHE project, with its focus on filmmaking in the classroom. In addition to providing teachers and students with links to inspiring samples of digital storytelling, I’m also seeking how-to tutorials on all steps of filmmaking. Here are the first three in what I hope will be a growing list of resources:

  1. Dean Shareski‘s video on how to easily and cheaply incorporate green screen technology into movie making (well, Pinnacle or Premiere Elements, not iMovie or Movie Maker 2) –
  2. Marco Torres‘s DV Underground tips on Big Lighting, Little Money – One trip to Home Depot and your lighting will have that “pro feel” – media/lighting_tips.pdf
  3. Clay Burrel‘s Cut the Crap – This is a “twofer”: His first tutorial provides tips on how to incorporate – legally – music, video, and image copyright issues from Creative Commons growing resources. Nice little tutorial on what the CC terms mean. And I like his tutorial on how to effectively use iMovie’s Ken Burns effect too –

4 thoughts on “Digital Storytelling How To’s: Three New Favorites

  1. Thanks for the prop, glad you found it useful.

    Ironic that you wrote about my Ken Burns tutorial the same day I installed iLife ’08. iMovie08 is radically different from ’06, the specific instructions no longer apply. (At the same time, though, you probably know Apple got such bad feedback on iMovie ’08 that it had to offer a reversion to ’06, so maybe it’s still useful after all.)

    The Torres pdf is just what I needed for my own purposes, so this was a nice holiday gift exchange between us šŸ™‚


  2. I’m working more with Movie Maker 2 now, Clay, since my district is moving more to the PC side. So I’m looking forward to the Vista version of MM2, which I believe includes a Ken Burns like effect. I think (or maybe it’s more like hope) that MM2 is becoming = to iMovie in ease of use and “pro like” features.

    Glad the Torres pdf was of use. Right after audio, proper lighting really helps build a quality project!

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