Greenscreen filming
Greenscreen filming Workshop

National Curriculum: Primary. This greenscreen workshop demostrates techniques that can be used to deliver learning in various subject areas. The workshop has opportunties to encourage reluctant writers by using the experience of greenscreen filming as a stimulus for script writing.

Learning Objectives
Pupils should learn:
1. to understand the various roles and responsibilities involved in filmaking (director, script writer or storyboard creator, camera person, actors, costume and props, animator, editor, artists, sound).

2. be able to explain the process of making films and the various stages involved.

3. the importance of clear communication with one another during the filmaking process

Greenscreen filming

Suggested Classroom Activity

Using equipment available in school, the class created a selection of short films. Obvious but easily forgotten is don't let the actors wear anything green...unless you deliberately want bits of them to disapppear or become partially see through.

As part of the development process the groups had identified roles in the filming process based on their existing interests and skills and we recommend everyone has a designated job.

The equipment used in this workshop includes Flip cameras and tripods. The pupils use iMove on Apple Mac for editing. If you don't have iMovie you can use any other available editing package such as Windows Movie Maker on P.C.

Video 1. Introduction to Greenscreen filming

They watched a Green-screen film which showed them how the green background becomes transparent and allows you to add any backdrop.
Video 2. Choosing a Theme

The class were split into six groups and picked a random theme for their film.

Video 3. Making a greenscreen backdrop

The group made their own green-screen backdrop using a piece of cheap green fabric or green sugar paper.

Video 4. Developing ideas

They developed ideas, scripts and storyboards. Some created drawn backgrounds, others sourced props and costumes or searched for audio and sound effects.
Video 5. Rehearsing

They learnt their scripts and rehearsed their performances.
Video 6. Filming

Video 7. Editing

Video 8. Sharing with an audience

Video 9. Teacher's View

Development Activity
This workshop would work equally well with other KS 2 classes.
The workshop could work with other curriculum topics and a day long activity, over a number of sessions or as an after school club activity.
In the Teacher’s View clip the teacher recommends that the workshop would help improve literacy skills, language, teamwork and problem solving and could be used to explore science topics.

Research, Notes and Links
The Nine films above and on the workshop page layout the basic stages of greenscreen filming. The links below may provide additional reosucrss to help you deliver this workshop in your school.
Storyboard template
Greenscreen workshop page

Download lesson notes here