Wow, what a busy term!
Let’s recap on something of the new apps we’ve explored so far this term!
Adobe Spark Post
Adobe Spark have recently released a range of easy to use media apps that allow you to create stunning digital artefacts. Spark Post lets you take photos and transform the look of them with themes and turn text and photos into a professional-looking graphics – all by simply applying your favourite theme.
Khan Academy: Pixar in a Box
Pixar in a Box is a behind-the-scenes look at how Pixar artists do their jobs. This collaboration between Pixar Animation Studios and Khan Academy is sponsored by Disney. Using this program, we have so far learnt to animate bouncing balls, build a swarm of robots, and make virtual fireworks explode. Can you believe that the subjects we learn in school — math, science, ICT, and humanities — are used every day to create amazing movies at Pixar?!
We have also used Garageband to explore some elements of music: dynamics, tempo and tone to create our very own spooky soundscapes. We listened to different scary music songs and compositions for inspiration, then discussed how dynamics of loud, soft and often crescendo (increase in sound) can be used to add dramatic effect. We know that a scary sounding piece of music uses both loud and soft to change the mood. We also found that stringed instruments were a popular instrument to create short, sharp and often piercing sounds – very scary! We were given the challenge to create a 30 – 60 second long scary soundscape using the tracks function of Garage Band, this enables you to select from a wide range of instruments including: strings (violin, viola, cello, double bass), drums, keyboards (piano, organ, synths), guitar (bass, electric, classical, ukulele).
Stay tuned for our next blog post!
This week in Info lit we continued working on our movies. This is the last week of filming and editing before we finalise and show them to the rest of our class. It was very satisfying starting to put the movie together and seeing the final product with all the special effects and add-ons we have included. We are very proud of how creative we have been with the movie ideas and scripts, our teamwork throughout the term and the different functions and effects we have learnt how to use and have included in our movies. We have had to battle with the weather, students in our group being absent, technical difficulties and other school activities to finish the movies to the high standard that we have.
This week, we began filming our movies that we have been writing our scripts for. We organised our costumes and props and filmed one or two scenes. Each student in the team will get to film, act and edit!
We added our filming to iMovie and edited the video using all the different functions we have been exploring over the past few weeks. These include narration, splitting, transitions, sound, text, and special effects such as slow-motion and black and white. Using these functions creates a more engaging and exciting movie!
Over the next few weeks, we will be continuing the filming of our movies and editing as we go.
Here is a sneak peak…
This week we completed our movie scripts ready for filming! We are all very excited to be up to the filming stage as we made a list of the props and costumes we need to make our movies. We have all come up with our own ideas for our movies and they are all so different.
To be ready to edit our movies and make them as effective and interesting as possible, we learnt how to use another function in iMovie. Narration allows us to add voice-over to our movies. Now, we can edit videos and make them very engaging by
- splitting and deleting parts of the video
- add transitions between slides
- include special effects such as slow-motion and black and white
- add sound or music
- put text over video
- include narration
This week we explored movie making and the processes involved in making a movie. To practice the processes, we created a short mini movie where we had to create character profiles, develop a script that included props, filming locations and speaking lines, film the movie using different and creative camera angles and filming techniques and edit the movie on the iMovie app.
Our mini movies were based on scenarios relating to cyber safety. This activity was a great introduction to the processes of movie making as we will be working on a longer movie throughout the term.