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Getting Started - Photo Slideshows

Getting started - audio

If you don't have the time or experience to make a film, but want to do something more than just an audio, you might find that making a photostory slideshow is your best option.
One of the easiest ways to do this is using a piece of software made for the task.

Picking a package

If you're using a PC, Photo Story 3 is a free, easy to use package. It's similar to Powerpoint to use. You can download it free from MicroSoft as long as your PC is running a legal version of Windows XP.
On your PC, you'll also need to install the latest free version of Windows Media player (version 10) available from the MicroSoft website. There are many other packages available, but most require payment.
If you're using a Mac, you can use iPhoto to create a quick and easy slideshow. See for more details.
There are many other packages available, but most require payment. A good place to start looking is the Apple Downloads site.

Photo slideshow packages are ideal for people who have no knowledge of filming and/or who want to produce a simple film within a short space of time. They let you create a slideshow using digital pictures (so you'll need a digital camera).

You can also edit your pictures, add music by recording it onto your computer using a standard microphone, add narration, and then transfer the film to a number of different formats including dvd, web and email.

Watch an example - Romeo and Juliet performed by Grasmere School »

Most packages includes touch-up features to remove glitches like red eye and correct lighting. They also have pan and zoom effects to add drama, picture rotation, and cropping tools to customise your photos. The final result is a series of images sequenced together which includes motion, narration, and music.
Usually there are several different options for saving a story and its associated project so that you can edit the story later or view it immediately. Make sure you save at the highest quality or size you can for 60 Second Shakespeare.

What you will need.

Digital camera A digital stills camera
Any digital camera will do. Use it to take snapshots of the action at key moments to use in your slideshow. You could even use a good quality phone camera.

Computer A computer
Any reasonably good computer will do. Please note, Photo Story 3 will only work on a PC with a licenced copy of Windows XP.
Audio kit Sound recording kit
You'll need at least a microphone to record your audio track. Take a look at the Getting Started in Audio page for more on what's useful to have, and the Sound masterclass for tips and advice.
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Watch videoclips demonstrating tips, techniques and more to help you make your 60 Second Shakespeare a masterpiece.

  • Acting exercises
  • Making sound effects
  • Directing - shot guide
  • Editing audio
  • Editing video
  • Microphones

    Using Microphones
    Use that mic right!

  • Find out all about how to get good results on your 60 Second Shakespeare's sound with our handy guide to using microphones.
  • Scripts

    Take a look at our selection of script extracts to see how the professionals do it.

    Read scenes from Doctor Who, The Archers, Dead Ringers and more.

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