Xtranormal: Creating Movies with Text 1. Sign up for an account at www.xtranormal.com a. Click on the “Create an account” link b. Create a username, put in an e-mail address and complete the captcha c. You will come to a success screen. DO NOT GO TO YOUR E-MAIL! Simply click on “Continue to Movie Maker” You can activate your account towards the end of the period 2. Select what scenario you’d like, and choose how many characters will speak. 3. Make your movie a. Orient yourself to the movie maker Type your text here Drag actions from the list on the left into your text on the right You will only see your work after Change the setting, choosing “Preview” background music, below. Save your actors and their project periodically voices here as you create. Only “Publish” when you’re finished. b. Type your text into the character boxes. To add new lines of dialog, click the “+” button at the bottom right corner of each grey box. TIP: For accents, type into a Word document or Google, then copy and paste into the script area. TIP: At times, you may need to spell phonetically. c. Change the voice of your character by selecting their avatar in the “Design the Scene” area. At the bottom of the screen, you will be able to select a speaker from your language. d. Add Actions by dragging them directly into your text. TIP: These are computer-generated voices. They don’t know when or how long to pause. Be sure to include plenty of pauses in order to make the dialog sound natural. Choose the longer of the two pauses for best result. Teacher Notes: 1. Consider beginning your Xtranormal activity in Word before introducing students to the site This keeps student focus on the dialog before introducing them to the animation tools Typing in Word allows students to use diacritical marks 2. There is one inappropriate gesture for the phrase “Up Yours”. You may want to address this with your students prior to creating their movies.