Movie Making! (10.22 and 10.27)

During the project 2 cycle, you will complete three documents:

1) the concept paper (to be posted to our class website. We’ll work on how to post it there during our upcoming peer review workshop, 11/5, so do your research, get a good draft going, and be ready!)

2) a reflective overview

3) a 60 second video that works with the paper to explain the cultural concept you’re working with. (It could try to cover the whole argument, or focus in on just one part of your larger argument.) You will post the final version of this to YouTube, and embed it in your paper on our website. We will work on this project today and Tuesday. Here’s the assignment.

As we get materials ready to go: What did you learn from today’s readings?

Readings: “Matters of Type” + “Time Frames”  + “Pulling Back the Curtain” + “8 Steps to Creating a Great Storyboard”

Inspiration for Concept in 60:

Sample Concept in 60s (from DMAC ’13)

Student Samples

Finding (and citing!) resources!

  • Fair Use Doctrine: Because you are producing this for educational (and critical) purposes, and because it is such a short film, you SHOULD be able to use any materials you like WITH PROPER CITATION. That said: fair use is not a “right”–it’s a legally defensible position. So, it’s best to try to use open source things (AND cite them.) I would also add a statement to your “about” when you upload the video, saying this is made for a class, and including citations for the resources you use (especially video and sounds. The movie and music studios police YouTube pretty heavily these days, and a take-down notice is a very real possibility.)
  • How do you think you should cite sources in a video? (MLA advice here…) (This is an issue you might think through in the reflection, as you will also have to think about how to use academic style citations on a web site.) Take the notes needed to cite EACH resource (in proper academic form) as you download!!!
  • For open source music, try Soundcloud or CC Mixter.
  • Remember the Creative Commons image search!
  •  (If you need to download video from youtube as part of your resource gathering, try or
  • If you need to modify or create images, you might try Pixlr , an online photo editor.
  • If you need to take video of what is happening on your screen for use in your movie:
  • Fonts can make a big difference in your film. (Note: if you install them while your program-video making, photo editing, Word, whatever-is open, they won’t show up in your font list until you close and reopen that program.)

General Tips:

  • File organization matters here. Establish a place to save resources used in the project, and the project itself, and don’t MOVE or rename those files once you’ve imported them to MovieMaker (or you will get the red x of doom and have to relocate them.)
  • Once you gather files, you will open up Movie Maker (or iMovie) and import them.
  • You MUST export/publish the file before it will play anywhere but on the computer it was created in, IN the program you used to create it.

Using MovieMaker Live

Using iMovie

To share your draft and/or hand this in, you will want to upload the final version of your file to YouTube.

  • Make sure you have exported the file as an uploadable file type. (You cannot upload the MovieMaker or iMovie file. Those are proprietary files, that only work in the program they were created in, and only work right on the computer where the raw materials used in the video also live. EXPORT IT.)
  • You can sign in with a Google account. Here’s how to upload.
  • You will find on the upload screen an option for privacy settings–I would suggest using the “non public” option, which means anyone with the link can view it. The private option means we’d have to sign in as you to view it.)
  • Once it’s uploaded, you will be able to embed the video in your concept paper (which will be turned in online.)

As you are working, you may find yourself in need of resources (which can also be used as raw materials which you change in some way using your newfound image editing/creation skills. Don’t forget Creative Commons resources!  You will need to think about the most ethical and context-appropriate ways to cite any sources/resources used.


For 10.27: gather resources and do research. Continue work on your storyboard. Bring what you need to write!

For 10.29: Read and come ready to participate in discussion!

HEADS UP: We will post drafts to our new website in our peer review workshop on 11.5. The portfolio is due by class time on 11.10. Be researching and writing!


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