First and foremost, it's important to remember that creativity requires time. The movie-making process is not a fast one, but learning is both deep and engaging. Think about how much time you're willing to spend on a video project, and help your students set realistic goals for that timeframe. It's time worth spending--just think about how video can amplify student voices!  

Sample Rubrics: Short Story, Spoken Word

Nikon does a great job giving an overview of moviemaking, but I also have some tips of my own.

Check the Audio

  • Will you record your audio as you go or record a voiceover?

  • Where's your device's microphone? Is there any possibility of accidentally covering it?

Stabilize the Shot

  • Do you have a tripod you can use?

  • Can you use your body or an object to stabilize your device?

Shot Composition

Shoot Many Short Clips

  • Pad the clip with extra before and after.

  • Trust your ability to edit. 

Ready to edit? Move to post-production.