Great starting point.
Now I could have gone through the motions, give them a a simple myth to re-enact and use a green screen app to film it. Dead simple, but really there wouldn’t have been too much learning in that. Sure the team work focus required to pull together a plan with defined roles was important, the creativity of how to achieve certain ‘looks’ on screen but that could be achieved simply by a short drama. The green screen apps all do the technical bit. No, I wanted to try and challenge a bit further. In a day.
So we started with reducing their stories to the key plot drivers, a key sentence for each scene which drove the action. We spend a huge amount of time in schools teaching children how to embellish text and yet in most of our lives we actually look to simply things to be able to tackle a large issue as a series of steps. Following our simplification we explored Green Screen by DoInk which is my preferred app for chroma work. As expected this was easily absorbed by the children but I wanted them to really get to the concept of green screening. So we explored taking it a layer further, creating a double layer, saving then overlaying again. Many groups did not use this in their final films but they were all encouraged to add a double layer somewhere even just as a test shot. Most used Explain Everything to produce the ‘special effect’ and then overlaid it on the live action. It was a lot for one day but having worked with these children from Wheatlands in the past I was vey confident that they would get some of their films finished. So it proved. I have also included in the playlist some of the work in progress so that you can get an idea of what some were experimenting with.
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