This is an excellent starting activity:
- Watch a good short film, pause it in several places and discuss the use of the camera with the class.
- Choose two volunteers.
- Position the volunteers at the front of the class about ten feet apart.
- Upon the order “GO!” each person will take one step, aligning their toe with their heel.
- They continue this process until their noses touch!
- Now the process is repeated but everyone in the class is the director, PAUSE the action, ask the class “where would you put a camera to best tell this story?”
- Now get the class to storyboard the action in 6 shots.
New to storyboarding? https://vimeo.com/videoschool/lesson/4/storyboarding-basics
A great way to make films without a camera is to use Microsoft Photostory.
You can create films using still digital images, text, voiceover, music and sound effects using Photostory. With planning, preparation and a good understanding of the language of film, the results from primary pupils can be astounding. Watch this: