Natural Disaster News Reports

Well at last, here they are, our finished news reports!

Our year fives did an amazing job of researching their natural disaster, making an animation on it, and filming their news reports.  The finished projects were put together using iMovie.

Take a look at a small sample of what we achieved:

Great job everyone! 🙂

 

Animations and News Reports

The year fives continued to use their animating skills this week, making an animation of outer space and a news report to go with it.  The task was to create an animation using Do Ink Animation, and an animation using play dough and iMotion Pro, and then to put the two animations together using Do Ink Green Screen.  They then had to put their animation into to iMovie and create a news report to go with their animations.

Here are a couple of examples of what the groups came up with:

We had this rubric to help us know what was important when creating our video:

Excellent (3 Points) Very Good (2 Points) Satisfactory (1 Point)
News Report The content of your news report is detailed and relevant to the animation you have made. It is presented in a realistic news report style. Your voice can be heard clearly in your recording. The content of your news report displays some detail and is linked to the animation you have made. It is similar to a realistic news report. Your news report requires more detail and needs to be more closely linked to the animation you have made.   The language used needs to be more realistic.
Creativity Your ideas display an excellent level of creativity in your animation and how it is linked to your news report, and other features included in your news report. Your ideas display a good level of creativity in your animation and how it is linked to your news report, and other features included in your news report. Your ideas display a satisfactory level of creativity in your animation and how it is linked to your news report, and other features included in your news report.
iMovie Features Your iMovie displays excellent use of relevant titles, subtitles and music. It looks like a realistic news report. Your iMovie displays very good use of relevant titles, subtitles and music. It is beginning to look like a realistic news report. Your iMovie displays satisfactory use of relevant titles, subtitles and music. It needs to look more like a realistic news report.

All the finished products were excellent!  Well done year fives!

Do Ink Animation

This week, the year fives have been revising the Do Ink Animation and Green Screen apps.  Take a look at these tutorials we watched:

We had a go at making these two animations, then we made one of our own.  Since the year five theme this term is Space, we made our animations of outer space.  Here are a few examples of what we made:

Aren’t they cool?!  Leave us a comment if you like them 🙂

Another Amazing Video on Quality Commenting

Here is another fine example of the videos the grade 5 students have been working on about writing good quality comments on blogs.

Well done Roya, Jackson and Thomas from 5ED!   Stay tuned for a few more to come soon.

Mrs Paterno 🙂

Rehearsal Photos

Here are some photos of the Grade 5 students rehearsing their Stop-Motion animations.  The students had some great ideas and have made some incredible sets.

 

Rehearsal Time: Practise makes perfect

The art of Stop-Motion animation is a wonderful way to animate items that would otherwise stay still.  Students have chosen a variety of items to animate for their short films ranging from Playdoh to Lego to toys.  The possibilities are endless when it comes to this film making technique: limited only by your imagination.

It is always a good idea to practise before commencing proper filming so that you can work out the best way to get a film that is what you planned it would be.

Here is a short instructional video that highlights some of the important things to think about when filming a Stop-Motion animation.

Important Tips
  • Lighting: Try to position yourself under a light rather than using natural light.
  • Backgrounds: Think about your background. Make sure it isn’t too busy and that it is easy to see your characters against the background.
  • Flooring/ Base Plates: If using Lego it is best to have a base plate to help the characters stand up and to help with positioning.  If you are using other materials it is a good idea to have a more solid base than the carpet.  You can use paper, cardboard or a table.

Lego base plate

  • Camera set up: Get your camera up as close to your scene as you can. Check how it looks through your camera before you film.  Be careful when pressing the button to take the photo so that you don’t move the camera for the next shot.  Lastly, if you have a stand, make sure you use it.

Using a stand keeps the movie steady.

  • Movements: The smaller the movements your characters make each time you take a photo, the more smoothly they will move.  Small movements = Smooth movements

Enjoy your time to practise! Try new things out and have a think about any modifications you may need to make to your script before filming begins next week.

 

Lights, Camera, Action!

Now that we have set the scene for our movies and outlined our characters, it is rehearsal time.  This will give us the opportunity to run through some of our scenes and to see how our props and characters look.  We will also be able to try out some tips and tricks for Stop-Motion Animation.

 

Here are some great examples of Lego Stop-Motion Animations:

Lego Car Crash

 

Lego Mini Golf

 

Take note of how they use sound effects, backgrounds and music to help set the scene.

 

 

Writing your screenplay

All great films start with a killer screenplay.  What would your favourite film look like on paper?  Take a look at this screenplay from a film you have probably seen more than once!

Toy Story Screenplay

TIPS FOR WRITING YOUR SCENES.

What needs to happen in this scene?

Who needs to be in this scene?

Where could the scene take place?

What is the most surprising thing that could happen in the scene?

Is this a long scene or a short scene?

Brainstorm three different ways it could begin?

Play it on the screen in your head.