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January 4, 2008
by blogwalker

A Few More Favorite Digital Storytelling Resources

Thanks to Kevin H for posting about Mathew Needleman‘s re-launching of his Video in the Classroom site. I am always in search of good models of filmmaking in the classroom mathew.jpgto share with elementary teachers and their students. I also want to recognize Mathew for his Open Court site, “which aligns units of the basal reading series, Open Court Reading, with integrating technology activities and is visited by thousands of teachers across the country daily.”

I also like many of the video tips for students posted by the Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium website on their Student DV page. The SECC team members are local heroes in supporting teachers’ efforts and journeys into filmmaking in the classroom, starting with DV Loaner Starter Kits and culminating every spring with the SEVAs (another great site for finding great K-12 video projects!).

Since lighting can enhance or hinder a quality project, I especially like Center High School’s Vernon Bisho’s Outdoor Lighting Tips:


December 31, 2007
by blogwalker

Tools for Becoming a Better Digital Storyteller

Even higher on the New Year’s resolutions list than weight loss is my wish to improve my photography skills. In a nutshell, I suck at taking both stills and video. The more I watch well crafted digital stories, the more I recognize the need for some major video tips and tricks! I am therefore very glad to have access to the three resources in particular:

1. doggie.jpgKodak’s site boils it down to 10 tips, with an accompanying animated visual for each tip. I wonder if anyone else needed Tip 6’s simple explanation on how to lock down a shot as much as I did!? A very kid-friendly approach – perfect for me :-). The interactive demos are great too (although it took me five attempts to master the rule of thirds tutorial).

2. Atomic Learning also comes to the rescue of the camera challenged with their Video Storytelling Guide. Although a fee-based program, for those who want to sample before committing, you can have a 15-day free trial, during which you could walk your students through the video tutorials that cover everything from basic shots to basic and/or more sophisticated lighting techniques – and after which, you will probably want to become an Atomic Learning member! Tons of great tutorials including many freebies, such as the online storyboard.

3. krishna2.jpgI hope during the New Year to share more tips and tricks from the wonderful Krishna Harrison-Munoz, the videographer I have the privilege to work with in the DOLCHE project. As soon as she thinks through some copyright issues on how to best make available parts of her original Roadmap for the New Video Producer materials, I will post some sample tutorials, including my favorite: How to make a video that stars a talking dog.

December 23, 2007
by blogwalker

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 –
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