“We should make another movie on the computer, Mom. That was fun.” Logan reminded me this morning of a major project we did some time ago that involved scripting a story and making a photo slideshow: ‘The Baby Who Ate the World!”
A 12″ foam model of the planet Earth and Logan’s little brother, Luke, inspired us to tell the tale of a baby with a voracious appetite who ate everything in his path. His last conquest– the Earth. We brainstormed what would happen, then Logan wrote the story out on storyboards we downloaded. We then staged the photos needed, and located sound effects and a special REM mp3 that we could use in our movie.
We spent the better part of a gray day at the computer together, laying down photos and narrating the script. We created something together, shared it with others, and learned something about the process of digital storytelling.
A rainy summer’s day might be perfect for a family production.
Here are some simple steps to making a similar film:
1: Brainstorm your story together. This truly is the toughest part–getting started and knowing what to write about. If the kids can’t decide what they want to write about, check out some of the prompts on the world wide web.
2. Map out the story. Logan and I had a clear idea of where our story would end before we began writing, and that helped us brainstorm what would happen to get our hungry baby to the last frame of our film.
Use story boards to write out the story, plan the photos, and sound effects. Again, you can find lots to choose from on the web.I locaed 44,000 hits from a Google search for story board templates.
3. Stage and take the photos you need and upload them into a file you create just for the project.
4. Use Microsoft PowerPoint as your production software. Lay each of your photos down on a different slide. Use the slide notes section to type in the text to accompany that photo.
Don’t forget to create a credits page and a title page!
5. You will need a computer microphone to add the narration. Plug this into the speaker or other port.
On the Slide Show tab, click RECORD NARRATION.
The narrator should speak the narrative text into the microphone, and then click the slide to advance to the next slide.
When you are done, click the EXIT button and the narration is automatically saved. This embeds your narration to the Powerpoint show.
If you want to add music for the title slide and credits, you can follow this tutorial.
Have fun with your filmmaking!
Logan and I are brainstorming another tale tonight.