TURNING IDEAS INTO ACTION – iMovie and the Public Service Announcements
What is Production Planning?
Making a video requires that you put your thoughts and ideas–everything that you want your final video to look and sound like–into some form of a planning guide. By organizing your thoughts in writing, you will be able to work efficiently, communicate your ideas to others, and stay on track.
Do You Have to Plan Your Video?
When beginning any type of an arts project, it is important to plan well. Professional filmmakers always plan carefully before starting their video or film recording. They do this for two reasons. First, media production is expensive. Secondly, professionals want to make sure that they have control over how their story is told. If you do not take the time to plan before beginning your video taping, you will find that your project will take several days longer to complete.
How Do You Begin Planning a Production?
It’s always best to start with a specific topic. If you know what your video is going to be about, you are halfway there. If you’re not sure what type of story you wish to tell, begin by brainstorming. Write down a list of topics that interest you. Once you decide on your topic, it’s time to brainstorm images, words, props, etc. Before you know it, you will be on writing a script, setting up interviews, and drafting your first storyboard. The planning process is hard, especially for those who have never made a video before. Just remember to be patient, trust in the process, and know that it will save you time in the end.
First Steps of Planning:
We have included a guide to help you begin the planning process. The guide will take you through the following steps:
• Project Summary – PSA (Public Service Announcement) using the Movie Trailer option in iMovie
• Treatment – A treatment is (one page or less) description of your proposal video. It is to be concise and to the point, and provides information about your video – Assignments 1 & 2
• Brainstorming – Assignment 3
• Scripts & Storyboards Assignments 4, 5 and 6
• Pitching Your Idea – Assignments 7 and 8
After the planning process is complete students will produce and present their iMovie to their class and school. – Assignment 9