Cinematic Storytelling With Mobile Devices

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Learn how to use iMovie for iOS in classrooms of any level. This was a hands-on session originally given at CUE 2012 in Palm Springs. So the "iMovie Demo" slide was where I'd show you how to use the app. The "Footware Frenzy" slide was a project that the participants would work on for about 20-30 min.

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Cinematic Storytelling With Mobile Devices

  1. 1. CINEMATIC STORYTELLING with mobile devicesMICHAEL HERNANDEZ cinehead3@gmail.com @cinehead 1
  2. 2. OVERVIEW• Why & How•5 Minute Film School• iMovie Demo• Project• Sample Lessons 2
  3. 3. “What goes through the mind is forgotten.What goes through the heart and then the mind is remembered forever.” Alfonso Arau Director, Like Water for Chocolate 3
  4. 4. WHY CINEMATIC STORYTELLING• authentic• interdisciplinary• utilizes multiple intelligences• involves all students 4
  5. 5. MOBILE DEVICES iPhone 4/4s/5 iPad 2 & 3iPod Touch 4th & 5th gen 5
  6. 6. APPS & ACCESSORIESWriting Editing Sharing Etc. Pages iMovie Dropbox Filmic Pro Plain Text Reel Director Posterous 8mm Avid Studio Tumblr PhotoSync 6
  7. 7. APPS & ACCESSORIESmicrophone adapter tripod or stand 7
  8. 8. CINEMATOGRAPHY TIPS Rule of Thirds & Lead Space 8
  9. 9. CINEMATOGRAPHY TIPS Rule of Thirds & Lead Space 9
  10. 10. CINEMATOGRAPHY TIPS Exposure• avoid bright backgrounds• ample light 10
  11. 11. CINEMATOGRAPHY TIPS Wide, Medium, Close shots 11
  12. 12. CINEMATOGRAPHY TIPS Wide, Medium, Close shots 12
  13. 13. CINEMATOGRAPHY TIPS Wide, Medium, Close shots 13
  14. 14. EDITING TIPS• Less is more• avoid long takes• divide big topics into “chapters” or separate movies 14
  15. 15. SOUND TIPS• Use a microphone• get close to sound• avoid noisy locations• music to enhance drama 15
  16. 16. iMovie demo 16
  17. 17. Footware Frenzy Requirements Wide, medium and close shots One interview (with title) Rule of Thirds Use voiceoverExtra Credit: use 3 sound effects 17
  18. 18. PLANNING• Provide enough time• practice• define realistic goals for project• how to form groups• expectations for students 18
  19. 19. PLANNING• research• outline & script• shot list & storyboard• scheduling the shoot• deadlines for footage & edit 19
  20. 20. SAMPLE LESSONS Fiction• Music Video (editing, original music)• Existing plays or books (interpretation, analysis)• Original stories (creative writing, elements of story) 20
  21. 21. SAMPLE LESSONS Non-Fiction• Interviews (grandparent, community leader, cultural figure)• How-to’s (show a process)• Public Service Announcement (PSA)• Political Campaign Ad (persuasion, propaganda, style)• Documentary (complex, culminating project) 21
  22. 22. CINEMATIC STORYTELLING with mobile devicesMICHAEL HERNANDEZ cinehead3@gmail.com @cinehead 22

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