O Organize Assign tasks
Important pre-filming steps
SCRIPT WRITING, STORY BOARDING,
AND SITE SELECTION ISSUES
• Filming and editing become much easier since less
takes and cuts are needed.
• Finding an appropriate set/sim, costumes, and
props is easier.
Step 1: Prewriting—Brainstorming your goal and how to
achieve that goal.
A grammar point—past tense, conditionals . . .
A language function—expressing anger,
ordering from a menu . . .
Vocabulary terms—body parts, idioms, . . .
* Tell a story.
* Introduce a venue you would like us to go to.
Step 2: Creating an outline—the major actions that
need to be covered in the different scenes of
Step 3: Pitch—especially useful for your students to
do since it requires them to present their
ideas to the class and get valuable feedback.
Step 4: The script—the setting and dialog for your
INTERIOR/EXTERIOR -- LOCATION -- TIME OF DAY
Description of where characters are and what they are doing
OTHER FILM-MAKING NOTES
INT. – BEDROOM – AFTERNOON
Jenner leans on the wall next to the bed. James is in bed; his
mother stands over him. She smiles a slight smile.
Doctor Jenner, could you please come here for a
DISSOLVE TO JAMES’ FACE.
Just a second.
1. Is it necessary to get permission to film?
2. Is the sim voice-enabled?
3. Are there useful or annoying background
4. Are there avatars on the sim that might
be useful as extras or problematic?
5. Is it possible to shoot several different
types of scenes on the same sim?
• A holodeck stores scenes
and lets you load them
from a menu whenever
• Scenes can include any
prim object, including
furniture, pose balls, and
Easy to alter or build from scratch
Simple Cube Sets
Machinima Open Studio Project (MOSP)
Altering Your Debug Settings
1. Click on “Show Debug Settings” in your Advanced
2. If you don’t have and Advanced menu tab, click Ctrl +
Alt + D to bring it up.
3. Type “rendervolumeLODfactor” in the search bar.
4. Increase its value to 4.000.
5. Close the debug window by clicking on the X.
Free shareable office tools that multiple
people can work on at one time
Skype http://www.skype.com/en/ Free voice and screen sharing. You can
share your screen with one person for
free, however, for group screen sharing,
you’ll need Skype Premium.
Free voice and screen sharing (up to10
people can be in the hangout at one
time, but the live, viewing audience can
be much larger)
Voice and screen-sharing. Try for free
for 30 days with up to 25 attendees.
Then, if you like it, it's $12.50/mo. for
Twiddla http://www.twiddla.com/1 Free, shareable whiteboard
Titanpad http://titanpad.com/ Free, shareable whiteboard
Scribblar http://www.scribblar.com/ Free, shareable whiteboard
Fraps http://www.fraps.com/ Great, screen-capture tool (Free trial
limited to 30-second recordings or
http://www.techsmith.com/ Great all-in-one, screen-capture and
editing tool (30-day free trial or
$220.00 Educator's price)
Free recording and editing tool for
Hand-held controller for smoother
panning and zooming/$99.00
SKILLS TO MASTER INSIDE EDITING PROGRAMS
1. Importing media
2. Building tracks
3. Altering the size and focus
4. Adding motion to stills
a. Zooming and panning
b. Rotating stills
5. Adding transitions
6. Adding narration
7. Adding a title and credits
8. Adding music
• Following and giving instructions
• Asking for and giving help
• Researching background information
• Problem solving
• Arguing for ideas
• Illustrating grammar issues, vocabulary and
idioms, and language functions
• Story telling
EXAMPLE MACHINIMAS FROM OUR STUDENTS
LINKS WITH MORE LINKS
Top 27 Free Tools http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/
Free & Simple Tools to Create Video http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/
5 Great, Free Screen-Capture Tools http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/
Some of the Best Free Screencasting Tools http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2011/
Jen's Machinima Resources for Educators http://www.scoop.it/t/machinima-resources-