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Ghost Stories Video Production Plan; Class 5-301

April 26, 2006

the turn of the screw imageOVERVIEW
The video will consist of mini-movies produced by small groups edited together to make up the full movie giving a range of information linked to our research and reading related to ghost stories (like The Invisible Kids, and War of the Planets).

* Release Forms: To be allowed to appear in the video, you have to have a “release form” signed by your parent.

Guiding Questions for groups 1 and 2:

* Who wrote the Turn of the Screw; when; what’s it about; what makes it good?
* When was The Innocence made; how was it different from The Turn of the Screw; what decisions did they make to change the story, and why?

1. The Movie Group:
This group will research the history and surrounding info about the film “The Innocents” based on the book “The Turn of the Screw”. This group’s narration will be illustrated with movie posters, clips from the movie, and images of the narrators.

* “The Innocents” and other screen adaptations of The Turn of the Screw:

2. The Turn of the Screw: This group will present a synopsis of the book, and surrounding info through narration. Their narration will be illustrated by images of the book cover found on the Internet, and illustrations from the book. This group will also present a short fictional skit about the haunting of P.S. 124 that will involve dramatizations of paranormal activity in the school. These will use simple special effects done with video including: someone appearing and disappearing, and objects moving on their own & floating through stop motion animation.

Guiding Questions for groups 3 and 4:
* Do ghosts exist?
* What are the most famous ghost stories?
* Why are ghost stories so popular?

3. Ghosts of the Civil War: This group will research ghost stories related to the Civil War. They will present narration that is illustrated by photos from the internet, sound effects, and music.

sites for research:

4. Research on Ghosts: This group will research legendary ghost stories, and report on their findings. Their narration will be illustrated by images of ghosts from the Internet.

5. The Ghosts of P.S. 124: As a class we will write a fictional story about ghosts in P.S. 124. This can be made up of video skits, Interviews, or digital photos that we plan and take. This story should be related to the making of the other groups’ videos. For example, a part of the story could be about a ghost appearing in the background during an interview with a teacher about ghost stories.


Script Writing & Storyboarding:

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.

Intro Narration for The Turn of the Screw Group:
– what you hear: voice over & music;
– what you see: images from the Internet on screen

“The Turn of the Screw is a fictional story written by Henry James in 19__. It is the story of a young lady who takes a job as a nanny at a country estate in England that is haunted by ghosts. We like this story because…”

If you want to interview someone about the book/the movie/ghosts, you will write it out like this:

– what you hear: voice of person on camera;
– what you see: close up of the person being interviewed

“Mrs. Lane, you are a librarian, do many kids read ghost stories?”
Mrs. Lane’s answer 1…
“Why do you think ghost stories are so popular?”
Mrs. Lane’s answer 2

2. Groups that are using video will match their script with storyboards that sketch out what is shown on screen with each part of the script. They will decide weather to use “close-ups”, “mid-shots” or “wide shots” of the characters in the story for each sentence or paragraph of their written script. (see the storyboard handouts for example of storyboard)

Image Gathering & Shooting the Video:

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

2. For the interviews and dramatic scenes on video, students will use the digital video camera to record shots that match their storyboards.

iMovie Narration Recording and Video 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.

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

Sharing our Movie:
When our video is complete, we will share the movie with audiences in the school by projecting the video in the library. We will also put the video onto the blog and share it with audiences around the world.

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