The first week of the September school holidays saw with me driving to the beautiful Cape Otways to film Koalas being captured, health assessed and released back into their habitat. It is jobs like these that make me feel lucky to be doing what I do. To be working in a beautiful spot, meeting really cool people (who climb trees for a living) and documenting a project that I wouldn’t otherwise know about, really makes freelance filmmaking all worth it.
I filmed and edited these two films for DELWP in September, 2015. To read and learn more about what DELWP are doing with the koalas, read here.
“Victorian Government vets and wildlife officers have returned to Cape Otway to carry out welfare actions to manage and protect the local koala population.”
I was engaged to put together a film workshop space and activity for Fun 4 Kids this year (2015). Fun 4 Kids is a kids festival held in Warrnambool each year during the July holidays. I was given the task of creating a film workshop that could be delivered to 25-30 kids under an hour, 5 times a day for 7 days.
The filmmaking workshops were a lot of fun and a great success and that’s why I am going to share my workshop with you. I know how handy it is when people share their workshop notes online for others to use and access.
What could be achieved in an hour? My first thought, and the idea I went with, was creating iMovie Trailers on an iPad. I chose iMovie Trailers because of the ease in which success can be achieved, the availability and accessibility of iPads and the fact that you can both film and edit and then publish films straight from the iPad. The trailers appeal equally to both boys and girls. They are achievable to make in a short period of time. They are pretty easy to make but look very professional and have great impact.
In this fun workshop, participants would learn how to film great footage on their iPad and edit it into a short Movie Trailer in iMovie. The iMovie App which is included in the iPad Apps package has a number of themed, easy-to-use Trailer templates.
A trailer follows a template to create a Hollywood-style movie advertisement. iMovie for iOS has 14 trailer templates, and each has its own musical score and graphics. Each template has a different number of text screens and shots. Each shot is typically on the screen for only a second or two, so a one-minute trailer requires about two dozen shots.
Participants chose from five movie trailer themes, including Scary, Exhibition, Swashbuckler, Fairy Tale and Expedition to create a short 60-second trailer. The workshops were held at the Warrnambool Art Gallery in a medium sized room. There was limited space so there was only room for five backdrops, therefore I chose five trailers that would appeal to kids and had backdrops created for them. The Warrnambool City Council and the Movie Makers Space sponsor, Sinclair and Wilson, had the backdrops printed on a large scale on canvas.
I set up a room full of dress-ups that were themed with the five trailers in mind. The dress-ups helped kids get into character very quickly.
I also put some extra footage on the iPads that kids could incorporate into their Trailer, such scenes filmed around Warrnambool, different landscapes and animals.
We (myself and the F4K’s organizers) were very fortunate to be heavily supported by Warrnambool Primary School, who not only granted us the use of 24 iPads for the festival workshops but also lent us 4 iMac Computers and an Apple TV/TV Screen to run the workshops, as well as technical support (The wonderful thing about Fun4Kids is the way the whole community gets behind the festival to make it a success.)
The four iMac computers were necessary because we (myself and the team of fantastic workshop volunteers) created a DVD after each workshop for the 25-30 participants. So the iMacs were used for creating and burning up to 125 DVDs a day all the while we were running workshops.
The Apple TV and Flat Screen TV came in handy at the beginning of each workshop for the workshop explanation and they were also great at the end of the workshop to play back the kids trailers direct from their iPads on the big screen for everyone to see.
We also set up a viewing gallery with four flat screen TVs playing the trailers that had been created throughout the festival on looped DVDs.
First create a plan of what to film and the story you want to tell:
How to make your trailer stand out:
Use as few words as possible. Trailers are fast-paced and text is never on the screen for very long. iMovie’s templates do not leave much room for text. And, the more you write, the smaller the text becomes and harder it is to read.
The iMovie template shows what kinds of shots to include (landscape, close-ups, wide, action, etc). You can choose to use the suggested text or come up with a story of your own.
The 3 basic shots you will today are Wide Shot, Med Shot and a Close-UP. These shots relate to how far or close the camera is to the person that you are filming. So to film a Close-UP I basically stand closer and to Film a Wide Shot a stand further away.
3 Shot Types:
Wide Shot: A type of long shot that includes the human body in full, with the head near the top of the frame and the feet near the bottom.
Medium Shot: A relatively close shot, revealing the human figure from the waist up
Close –Up: A detailed view of a person or object. A framing in which the scale of the object shown is relatively large. In a close-up a person’s head, or some other similarly sized object, would fill the frame.
Filming your trailer:
Now, its time to edit your trailer…
CLICK HERE to download PDF on editing your iMovie Trailer
(Roles include Producer/Event Organiser/Digital Storytelling/Film-making Mentor)