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Adding titles and credits into your film

Editing: including titles and credits

You've finished your film - now how about a title image and some credits to round it off? Here's some tips and hints on including captions in your 60 Second Shakespeare.

 

General

How your title or credits look is entirely down to you - you're limited only by your imagination. Just keep a few things in mind.

  • You don't have much time, so keep it brief. Remember, we will put your school's name and the names of actors on website next to the films, so you don't have to have credits if there isn't enough time.
  • Make sure the writing is large enough to read. Your film will be compressed for the website, and might be shown as small as 7cm by 5cm on the website, so don't use teeny weeny lettering.

    To get a title or credit image into your film you'll need to do one of the following:
  • Create it as a still image, perhaps in a graphics package or similar, then import it into your video editing package.
  • Film it and then just capture it like any other bit of video.
  • Use one of the preset titles and credit styles that come with your video editing package.

  • Here's a few examples of title and credit styles to inspire you when you're making your own.
    Graphic image

    Create a picture in a graphics package - here's a gory image we made to introduce a version of Macbeth.
     

     
    Digital photograph

    Take a digital photo - create your title or caption in the real world, then take a snap of it. Or you could even film it!
     

     
    Split screen credit

    Try split-screen - putting an actor on one side of the screen, and their name on the other is a good way to make sure people know who they are.
     

     
    Transparent credit

    Be transparent - a lot of programmes will let you lay captions over your film, so you can have action and credits at once.
     

     
    Preset credit from a video editing package

    Pre-sets - many editing programmes will have some preset captions styles you can use, sometimes including animations like scrolling credits. Play around to find one you like.
      Videoclip

    Videoclip

    - watch a video tutorial on making and using title and credits in Movie Maker.

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