Camp Session July 15 - 18, 9 - 12pm
What makes a YouTube video popular? Campers learn the secrets behind creating a channel and getting compelling video footage while maintaining appropriate privacy, content and safety.
Students should have access to a device capable of accessing Youtube outside of class.
Youtube, Lights, Camera, Action!
The main objectives of the first day of camp is to introduce kids to the world of YouTube and start the brainstorming process for a video. Instructors will go over the various content that is uploaded to YouTube and the different types of videos that students can create to put on their channels. Students will set up their YouTube accounts and discuss privacy and safety when using YouTube. Instructors will help students write descriptions that describe the purpose of their channel. Students will spend the rest of camp working on the out of desk activity to brainstorm videos for their channel.
Each group will brainstorm and storyboard ideas with whiteboards and worksheets. Part of this brainstorming will involve making a list of the materials and equipment needed for the project. Instructors will emphasize the importance of planning ahead and preparation before filming in order to achieve the best results.
A discussion about YouTube and the various content that is uploaded (instructional/educational videos, product videos, business videos, awareness videos, vlogs, trend videos, etc.).
We started off the day with introductions and talking about our favorite content on YouTube. Then, we talked about what makes a good YouTube video, and the kids all offered their suggestions. It was time to put our ideas to paper, so we started off with a quick brainstorm activity. Next, we had to organize all of our brainstorming into scenes, so we started sketching out a storyboard for our video. Before lunch break, we learned the basics of using the iPad and camera to record our footage!
Students will start the class off going over their storyboards and making any additions or edits to their video plans. Instructors will go over the different methods of screen capturing and how to improve video quality when filming. They will discuss the importance of appropriate lighting and a clean, organized background. Another important part of creating a video is the audio; instructors will emphasize the importance of speaking loudly and clearly when filming for the best quality audio. Instructors will demonstrate how to operate the camera and the various adjustments that can be made depending on the scene. Students will start to film scenes from their storyboard. Instructors should emphasize that the first take doesn't have to be perfect and that each scene will mostly need multiple takes.
Students will start to film the scenes they have planned out.
The students will learn how to operate the camera and the process of filming different scenes.
We started off the morning reviewing our plans and storyboards from yesterday. For some more practice, the students filmed a quick 60 second advertisement for their video in front of the greenscreen! Afterwards, they worked on editing it in iMovie and adding an introduction. Once everyone finished, they shared their videos on the television. For the remainder of class, everyone started filming for their big production!
Instructors will review what makes a good video at the beginning of class. Students will continue to gather footage during the first part of class. The second part of class will be focused on an introduction to iMovie. Instructors will go over the various features of iMovie: how to import media, how to edit video and audio, how to insert text, how to insert special effects, etc. Students will start to import their footage and arrange it in the appropriate order in iMovie with the best takes for each scene. By the end class, students should have their introduction scene and some opening scenes finalized.
Filiming! Students will continue to gather raw footage for their videos.
Students will be introduced to iMovie.
Lots of filming today! The kids have been gathering footage for their videos all morning. They have been doing a lot of awesome and creative things with the greenscreen. I think that's probably been their favorite special FX to use so far. One camper used it to make her cooking video look like she was in a big fancy kitchen. And another camper used it to make it look like he was underwater dancing!
Students will finalize editing their videos in iMovie. Students will learn how to export their video and upload it to YouTube. Instructors will go over how to make the video look presentable on YouTube.
Any last minute things that may need to be filmed for the video.
Students will use iMovie to finalize editing their movies.
Today was the final day so our main focus was to complete any editing or special FX we wanted to add, and get published! We also reviewed some of the topics that had been discussed on Monday about what kinds of techniques they can use in the editing stage to make sure their videos stand out from the crowd. Some of the ones we talked about were adding an intro and outro, the transisitions between clips, and the blooper reel!
Students will continue to work on their video from the week or shoot more footage to edit. Project Friday allows students to spend more time on editing and fine tuning their projects.
Our project for today was making an adventure movie! We started off with our storyboarding, and brainstorming before jumping into filming. The kids came up with some really unique and awesome ways to use the greenscreen. And we had adventures taking place all over the world! Not all of them were able to get things completely finished, but I think they got to a place they were happy with. You should see some of them in the Summer playlist on our channel!