Script for the iMovie Production Tutorial The following is a step by step tutorial that explains how we created our iMovie about the Underground Railroad. We hope you enjoy it. When we began this project, no one really knew how many hours it would take. Finding the script and rehearsing the play was the easy part. Ms. Rickey gave us a few “rules”. First, our story needed to be based on fact. Then, we needed to create jobs for everyone involved. So we made a list: Camera staff Prop Master/Mistress Costume Master/Mistress Director Producer Actors/Actresses Editing Crew Then, we needed to create a job description, so it was off to the library and the internet to find out what everyone does on a movie set. Here’s what we found: Camera Staff - responsible not only for filming, but also for proper care, maintenance and storage of all camera equipment. Including batteries, tripods, film, etc. Prop Master/Mistress - needs t review the script and suggest personal and company props that will enhance the story line. Costume Master/Mistress - research appropriate clothing for the time period. The costume Master/Mistress will then copy, sketch or print out pictures of this clothing. The Costume Mistress/Master is responsible to collect, store and keep track of the costumes that are collected and who they “belong” to. Director - responsible for finding locations to tape in. The Director is also responsible for creating blocking and running rehearsals. In the event of illness, the director will also act as an understudy. Producer - responsible for getting permission to use “locations” that have been chosen for taping. The Producer is also responsible for ensuring that all cameras are in working order and all props and costumes are collected and put away properly. Actors/Actresses - Responsible for learning their lines, blocking and stage directions. They are responsible to show up for rehearsals and taping sessions on time and ready to work. They are responsible for all personal props. Editing Crew - responsible to view all raw footage. This raw footage will be used to create our final product: a movie about the Underground Railroad. If needed, the editing crew may choose to add underscoring. The editing crew will use transitions, cutting, and splitting when necessary. Now that everyone knew what their job entailed, we were ready to begin. The script was selected and modified to work with our “cast of characters.” Parts and production staff were assigned. The rehearsal process began. After about 3 weeks of rehearsal, we began to learn about “the art of filming.” It was strange that the play could be filmed “out of sequence.” The actors thought this was great thing, since some scenes were much stronger than others. The producer and the director chose the taping schedule. Then we were off. Everyone thought that taping would be simple, but it wasn’t. We had to do all of the scenes over and over and over. We couldn’t believe how different a film was, when we are in a play, we just do it once, in order and then, it’s done! We also ran into some trouble with our locations. Lots of times, the rooms weren’t available or it was raining so we couldn’t tape outside. This messed up our schedules. We found out that these kinds of delays are very common in movie making. After months of taping we were finally ready for the editing process. We were all very surprised that it took so long to tape a 15 minute movie, and we were only half done! We have just begun the editing process. We are using iMovie to create the finished product. First, we imported all the clips into iMovie. It was easy. We connected the camera and found the button labeled import. The camera was now being controlled by iMovie. We could fast forward, rewind and download using buttons that were now on the iMovie screen. We had about 40 minutes of raw footage, from two cameras. The importing took awhile, but not as long as the editing is taking. The next step in the process is tough. We watched and listened to every clip at least once. Then we needed to complete our story board. We chose the “takes” we liked the best and cut and pasted clips together to get the best camera angles. In some places, the story didn’t really match, so we needed to add some titles to make things work. One of the things we learned was KISS. Keep it simple sweetie! When we used too many transitions, or made our cuts too fancy, our movie didn’t look good. So we needed to do LOTS of re-dos and re-cuts. It’s taken a very long time, but in the end, we have a movie that we are proud of. We told our story and hopefully our audiences will learn something about American History.
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