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Making a Film: Production Resources

Film and Moving Image Production Resources

Making a film with a class can be daunting the first time, especially if it's not something you've done before. They key is to become familiar with the camera equipment and editing software yourself, so spend a little time playing with it and even making your own film. The more you use filmmaking in your classroom, the more confident you will become, so look for as many opportunities as you can!

Here are some tips and links that will help you get started.

Equipment

  • You don't need anything fancy - an iPhone and iMovie will do just fine!
  • No phone or iPad? Take photos or film videos using your computer webcam.
  • Mini mobile tripods make lots of elements of filming easier (shooting in landscape, static shots, filming animation…). You can get them for a couple of pounds.
  • Looking for advice on cinematography? Visit the website of Oscar-winner Roger Deakins for tips from the master DoP. Or try asking him a question yourself – he replies!
  • Lighting equipment isn't necessary; choose your locations and your time of day to take advantage of natural light.
  • Reflector: A great teaching tool which allows you to mirror what you have on your phone on the screen so you can talk pupils through camera and editing processes as you demonstrate them.

Film Production

  • Film Maker Pro: Great features like double exposure effects, green screen and picture-in-picture.
  • Filmic Pro: Excellent for filmmaking projects, particularly for documentaries.
  • iRig: Free app for audio recording.
  • Shot Lister: Professional standard for organising shoots and making shooting scripts.
  • Sun Surveyor: Plan exact times for those gorgeous sunrise/sunset shots!
  • Time-Lapse Calculator: ‎Make professional-looking time-lapse sequences.

Film Editing

  • A Guide to Editing in iMovie: This is the most commonly used editing software in schools.
  • A Guide to Editing in Windows MovieMaker: And the second-most commonly used software in schools!
  • InShot: The most basic, but can add filters and effects, music, sound effects, voiceovers, stickers and text.
  • Kapwing: Free package is basic, but if you’re willing to subscribe, you’ll get a lot of brilliant features.
  • Kinemaster: Impressive features and has a dedicated community and YouTube channel for guidance KineMaster – YouTube. Needs a subscription to delete the watermark.
  • PowerDirector: Professional-quality free video editing app for Android.
  • WeVideo: Easy to use and has a huge supply of stock media. (Free to teachers in Fife!)

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Exporting Video Files

Here are a few guides to exporting video files to the most common editing software, but if yours isn't here then just get searching online - YouTube is your best friend here!

Free Stock Footage

  • Pixabay: Images, videos and music available.
  • Videvo: Thousands of free stock videos, motion graphics, music tracks and sound effects.
  • Pexels: Free photos and videos available.

Making Other Media

  • Stop Motion Studio: Pretty self-explanatory so excellent for younger/less confident users.
  • Adobe Spark: Makes web pages as well as short videos.
  • Canva: Excellent, free online tool for making posters and magazine covers.
  • Storyboarder: You can draw straight into the app or make storyboards from still images.