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Class 4-304 Science Video Planning

April 5, 2006

Godzilla vs. Robots, in the Black Hole… 

The class 4-304 video will be made up of 3 essays illustrated by still images from the Internet and video clips from films about each topic, and interviews with teachers or student experts. The class has been split into 3 research groups: Godzilla, Robots, and Black Holes.

To add a video element, students could interview Mr. Theodore, other teachers, or students from the class dressed as scientists about what makes some of the things shown in the movies scientifically impossible at this time. For example: – why don't lizards breath fire? (show a clip from the movie Godzilla)- why aren't robots more intelligent? (show a clip from iRobot)- why don't we know more about black holes? (show a clip from The Black Hole)


Script Writing:

1. Non-Fiction Essay writing based on research.

Each group will write an essay based on what they know about their subjects. Below is an example of how that writing will become a video script.

– Narrator (voice over with still images on screen):

"Robots are mechanical gadgets that are programmed to do certain tasks. We see robots on TV that walk and talk, and seem to think. We found out in our research that currently robots in real life can only perform simple tasks, like vacuuming a floor, or searching a surface for specific info. For example we saw that robots are being sent to Mars to determine whether or not there is water. They are programmed to search for water, when they find it, they are programmed to stop and send a signal back to Earth. We asked the PS124 science teacher, Mr. Theodore, to explain why robots can't think."

– Interviewer (on camera):

"Mr. Theodore, why can't robots think like we see in this clip from the movie iRobot?"

Video clip from iRobot (on screen)

– Mr. Theodore's answer (on camera)

Image Gathering:

1. Once the script is complete, each group will search the Internet for images that will illustrate their narration.

2. For the interview process, students will plan how they want their interview shots to look by sketching storyboards, then conduct the interviews using the digital video camera.

iMovie Editing:

1. When each group has collected all of the images and video they need, we will import them into iMovie.  Each group will have one computer where they build their segment of the video.  

2. Groups will then record all of their narration onto the iMovie timeline.  

3. When their narration is saved, students will add their photos and video clips in sync with their words. 

4. Once the segments are saved we can add titles, transitions, sound effects, and music as needed.   

* when each piece is completed, we will add them to one iMovie timeline to make our final movie.

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