1. October 3, 2011

Movie Trailers in iMovie '11

Opening Items

  • Project LIVE Calendar (Sidebar; click plus bottom right)
  • iVIE Categories
    • Be thinking of a topic (check testing results for topics)
    • The more directly tied to the curriculum, the better in the eyes of the judges
  • Project #1 Timeline (not Newbie Project; your iVIE project)
    • Script and Storyboard: 12/04/11
    • Finished project: 02/26/ 12
    • Reviews of Project #1: 03/04/12
  • EYMF
    • Photography
    • Sound/Audio
    • Video (you can use your iVIE project if it was kid-done)
  • EUSD Media Releases: left sidebar
  • 2011-12 Reviewing Teams: left sidebar
  • Using EUSD Edmodo (Project LIVE Group)
    • Post to the appropriate group: Project LIVE, Project LIVE Newbies, Project LIVE FCP X
    • If you're turning something in, put the name of it and your name somewhere in the post (e.g. Shannon's script, pitch, project, etc.)
  • Using an External Mic (Thanks, Mitchell and Shannon; this is also available in Edmodo)

Film Featurette:

iMovie '11 Trailers Project

This is going to be a very frenetic session. You are going to have to work quickly and efficiently. Please be back, ready to present, by 5:15.

Plan it Out
  1. File > New Project > Movie Trailers; only one project per team.
  2. Choose Documentary template (to save time).
  3. Very quickly, develop a faux storyline. Make it as fantastical/outrageous as you like so long as you can get close-enough-to-be-believed shots to fill it out.
  4. Fill in the Outline tab; maybe some new ideas will develop as you do.
  5. Fill in the Storyboard text. Does it imply a story? This gives the context to the clips.
  6. For each clip in the Storyboard (or Shot List), make notes on your worksheet for what you'll shoot. You want to have a very solid idea of what you're going to be shooting before doing so.
Shoot the Scene
  1. With your Storyboard (or Shot List) filled out, shoot each scene in whatever order makes best sense. Notice the screen time for each shot . Make sure to get a little extra.
  2. Review your clips before uploading to the computer.
  3. You don't need to worry about sound, although you can turn it on if you need it.
Publish your Work
  1. Put the SD card into the SD slot on the laptop.
  2. Upload your clips (click on the Camera icon if the Import window doesn't open automatically).
  3. Create a new Event in iMovie '11. Make sure to give it an appropriate name; size set to Large.
  4. If you shot your clips in the order of the storyboard, it should be easy to find which shot goes with which panel. If you filmed out of sequence, quick skimming (and your notes) should help you find what you need.
  5. Click in the first panel of the Storyboard; then skim over the clip you want to go there until you see the frame you want to use as the first frame. Then click once to load it into the panel.
  6. After loading the first clip, it'll jump to the next panel, ready for you to repeat the process until all panels are filled with appropriate clips.
  7. To replace a clip in a panel, click once on the panel to select it. Then skim until you're on the frame you want from the new clip; click once.
  8. When all of the clips are placed and all of the text has been changed, preview your trailer. Make any necessary tweaks.
  9. When you're satisfied, choose Share > Export Movie > Medium.
  10. Bring that exported file to the presentation computer by 5:15 (on a thumb drive).
  • If you want to do something the straight-jacket of the trailer won't allow (like use stills), complete as much as you can then choose File > Convert to Project. That will turn the trailer into a regular iMovie '11 project that can be altered in any way (replace placeholders with stills, change the music, etc.). No going back, though, so Duplicate the project first (Control-click on project file in the Project Library).
  • You can build an entire storyboard using the Animatics Placeholders in a regular project. You'll find them under the Globe icon of the Effects panel. Once in place any Animatic can be changed (e.g. Close up to Wide Shot) by double-clicking on it. The duration can be altered here, too. This could serve as the storyboard for the project, with the script guiding what kind of animatic should be placed when and where. When it's done, a shot list could be done on paper to guide the filming. When filming is done and imported into an Event, drag the footage you want for a shot onto the Animatic for that shot until you see the "+" sign. Let go and choose Replace (not any of the other options). The footage will replace the Animatic, adjusting the timing to fit the length of the clip you dragged on. Continue for the other clips until all Animatics have been replaced.

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