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Teachers' Notes - Making a 60 Second Shakespeare Movie

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To accompany the website, ICT Advanced Skills Teacher Paul Sibson has written a set of Teacher's Notes.

This section suggests ways to approach making a 60 Second Shakespeare film in the classroom.

In an ideal world the following would be done with group of three or four students, but if this is not possible then set up a classroom so that some students can watch whilst the films are being shot.

If you have more than one recording device, then older students could be sent off to another room to record their work. The computer work can be done on several computers at the same time. It is sensible to allow each group of students to write, record and edit their own plays rather than just edit their classmates' work.

The time taken for each element of making a audio can vary immensely, so these notes have not been divided into sessions. Instead, an estimate of how long each section should take has been given.

You may find the 60 Second Shakespeare video tutorials on video editing useful at this point.
Time taken: 30 minute to an hour, depending on how well practiced the students are with their script.

  • Set up camera on steady surface*
  • Check your shot in view-finder
  • Press the record button to start videoing
  • Press the stop button to end recording
    * It is recommended that these actions are carried out by a teacher.

  • Capturing
    Time taken: depends on amount of footage being transferred. Footage transfers in real time.
  • Switch on computer and open editing software*
  • Connect the camera to PC/Mac using FireWire/cable that comes with the camera*
  • Select the capture option in the software, turn on the camera and follow capture instructions

    * It is recommended that these actions are carried out by a teacher.
  • Editing
    Time taken: editing can take minutes or hours, depending on the original footage.

  • Drag the captured video onto the timeline
  • Use the cut tools to slice up video clips on the timeline, and delete, trim and move them around
  • Slice up and cut down your video so that it fits into one minute

  • Adding music/effects
    Time taken: depends on how much is being added. Approximately 30 minutes to an hour

  • Add sound effects
  • Add copyright free music
  • Saving the final movie
    Time taken: this will depend on the speed of your computer. It can take from a couple of minutes to a couple of hours.

  • Export the finished timeline as a DV-AVI file, or export it back to a DV tape.
  • Burn your DV-AVI file onto CD ready to post to the 60 Second Shakespeare website.*
    * It is recommended that these actions are carried out by a teacher.
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