Green screen workshop

Green screen workshop

A technique once only available to professionals is now possible in your school using very cheap materials. A school in London demonstrate how they made a number of films using equipment they already had.                                                                                                                                                                    

Key Stage:

KS2 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

Overview:

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.

What is

Green screen: what it is and what it can do. 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.

Theme

Lucky dip to find the theme. Choosing a Theme The class were split into six groups and picked a random theme for their film.

Making screen

Making and lighting a green screen: what you need and what you do. Making a greenscreen backdrop The group made their own green-screen backdrop using a piece of cheap green fabric or green sugar paper.

Ideas

Devising and notating ideas for the film. Developing ideas They developed ideas, scripts and storyboards. Some created drawn backgrounds, others sourced props and costumes or searched for audio and sound effects.

Rehearsing

Rehearsing the performance. Rehearsing They learnt their scripts and rehearsed their performances.

Filming

Filming the green screen sequence using a flip camera. Filming

Editing

Importing and editing the footage using i-Movie. Editing

Sharing

Viewing the final films. Sharing with an audience

Teachers view

A teacher considers the cross-curricular benefits of the workshop. 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:

We have produced a  lesson plan to accompany this workshop.

The Nine films above and on the workshop page layout the basic stages of greenscreen filming. The links below may provide additional resources to help you deliver this workshop in your school. Storyboard template Danosongs Jamendo.com Greenscreen workshop page.