“Reading” PS 124 Videos, 5-307
Mr. Flickinger’s class is getting ready to write a video script. They will be brainstorming topics next week, but first, they needed to watch some different types of videos that students made in the past, and talk about what they did, and how they did it.
We watched videos from our Digital Productions Archive and analyzed them in 3 ways: 1) we named the topic, 2) we discussed why the video makers made their movie — to educate, inform, or persuade us to do something, and 3) we talked about what decisions the video editors made to make their point — did they use a type of music, sound effects, close ups of people’s faces to show emotions, historical photos, narration with a lot of facts, beautiful things, sad things, scary things, etc.
Students took notes during the discussion. Below are highlights from our discussion of the 4th grade slide show Godzilla, from 2006:
The video: Godzilla (watch it on The Media Spot)
The Topic: The history of Godzilla
What was the point of the video?
To share information about Godzilla.
What did the video editor use to help inform you about Godzilla?
- Special effects: fading pictures, video effects like rain, electricity, fog
- A good script with a lot of research
- Sounds: sound effects of war, music*, voices, sometimes music by itself (without voices over it)
- Images: drawings made by students, paintings and posters from the Internet, moving still pictures
- *Type of music: old fashioned music, because Godzilla is an old character
In our next class meeting we will choose video topics and start working on scripts.