Last year a colleague and I wrote a grant for the "Green Screen Chroma Key Project" The idea was to work with the kids to create a movie as a way to share something related to their learning. Using a Green Screen background allows you to add whatever background you like in the editing process. It took quite a while just to order the "Green Screen," camera, and software. When it finally arrived we were on our Winter break.
The weeks passed and still I hadn't started the process with the students. On Thursday of this week I decided to take the last hour of the day and have my own GENIUS HOUR. I needed to take a chance, take a risk to figure out the whole "Green Screen" idea. While students worked at their desks I began setting up for the video shoot. It took more time than anticipated to set up the lights, lighting umbrella and camera. After what seemed like an eternity, we were ready to begin.
iPrompt Teleprompter app. Waiting patiently and with anticipation the class watched as their volunteers started taking part in the process. Camera people and teleprompter holders were selected and we were good to go. After witnessing the process and first recording session the remainder of students became interested in writing scripts.
A self-professed MAC girl, it wasn't easy getting used to the PC based Corel VideoStudio Pro X5. After many failed attempts and spending a couple hours after school with a colleague we figured out the basics (which will be shared with the students at a later date).
When creating the student videos the day following the video-shoot, I asked each student to sit with me and choose their background pictures and music. Text was added and then we uploaded the new video to Youtube. Unveiling the videos in class was worth the wait as the oohs & aahhs from the crowd affirmed this was going to be a project that would easily fit into many lessons.
Check out the first video and see for yourself the power of "The Green Screen Chroma Key Project!".
A True Genius Hour ends with Lessons Learned:
- Check out all equipment right after purchase. Do not wait - some items may be missing or broken (in this case - the lightbulb sockets).
- Let the kids help - they are less fearful and more willing to take chances. The students figured out some great features of the Teleprompter.
- Lighting in a project such as this is important. You should use more than one!
- Standing several feet in front of the screen works better than right against it.
- Student Holding Teleprompter should be close to EYE level for actor.
- Start with a small production (1 minute) which will be manageable & offer success.
- Save Often!
- Be patient.
- Enjoy the process!
Have you given yourself a Genius Hour lately? Please share!
Photos edited using: Befunky.com