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Using iMovie or Windows Movie Maker to make your film

An Into Film guide on using iMovie and Windows Movie Maker to create your own short film.
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To shoot in iMovie, simply double click the icon, select project, and select the plus icon to create a new project. Select movie, then simple, and create.
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Tap on the camera icon to record directly into my iMovie.
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After each shot you take, you can decide to keep the film or re-shoot thus cutting down on editing time later on. If you have shot your film on the device’s camera, it will automatically be stored in the video section of the camera roll. When all your shots have been completed, open up iMovie and insert the videos into the timeline by selecting videos, all, and then the required video.
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Then pressing the arrow to insert it into the timeline.
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Once your film is situated on the iMovie timeline, you can edit it. To edit, simply hold your finger on a portion of the film until it is surrounded by a yellow box. Then drag the ends of the box to the desired point. It is worth pointing out that the position of the icons can change depending on the version of iMovie you have. To move a section of film or audio, simply press your finger onto the section until it becomes highlighted and jumps out of the timeline. You can then drag it to the desired position.
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iMovie automatically inserts some transitions which give the film a more professional look.
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If you feel like it, you can change these by clicking on the transition tool until it’s highlighted, choose one of the different options such as fade or slide.
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By now, you may be pleased with the content on the timeline, but perhaps you want to add a bit of sparkle to it. A great way of adding an extra dimension to your film is to add the sound effect, theme music, or a voice-over.
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To add a voice-over, simply stop the cursor where you would like the voice-over to start, click the microphone icon, and press record. It will give you a three-second countdown you will also see what you’re voicing over.
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Once you’re happy with the voice-over, click accept and it will go on the timeline. To add sound effects and theme music, click on the audio button at the top of the screen. You’ll see a range of libraries you can use, including a link to your own music. Go into the library that you want, click on the music or effect you desire, press the downward arrow.
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You can now add a range of filters and effects to your film by clicking on the effects icons at the bottom of the screen. Here you can change the look with filters, change the speed,
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add freeze frames,
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also add text.
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Once you are happy and ready to export it, click done on the top left of the screen. You can then choose to send your film via email, Vimeo, social media, or simply save video, and it will be exported to your photo library on the iPad.
The process for creating a short film based on still images is incredibly straightforward. Firstly, ensure that all of your pictures are saved digitally on the device that you will be using for this activity. Normally that will be a tablet or a mobile phone.
If they’re not already in a digital format you can scan your photographs using a range of free scanning apps or simply take a photo of them.
The above film gives you general guidance on using iMovie, including how to start your project, editing and adding a voiceover. If you are working on a PC you will find a guide to Windows Movie Maker in the Downloads section. Even though you won’t need all of the information in the video for this simple filmmaking task, it will still be very useful, especially if you wish to make multi-shot short films in the future.
To add a photo to the timeline on an iPad or iPhone
  • Once you have opened a new project, look for the Photo Library tab in the left-hand sidebar. Once located, tap it.
  • Select the pop-up menu at the top of the image browser to choose a content category – My Albums, Albums, Years, Collections, Moments, or Places.
  • When you find the photo you’d like to use, drag it into the Timeline.
To add a photo to the Timeline on a laptop (MacBook)
  • Drag the photo you’d like to use from Photos to your desktop.
  • Drag the photo from the desktop to the Timeline in your iMovie project.
Please also see the guide on how to use the camera app on your iPad and download the Guide to Editing with iMovie from the Downloads section.
If you own a different type of tablet or device, the principles will remain the same, although icons and functionality may be slightly different. There are a range of guides on how to use Windows Movie Maker available on YouTube and you can download the Guide to Editing with Windows Movie Maker in the Downloads section too.
Please also consider Intellectual Property (IP) issues when your students are making their own films. For further information and some creative and fun resources to use in class around this topic click here and scroll down to the bottom of the page.
So you have your images ready, poem written and you’re ready to create. We’d love you to add what you make to our Padlet wall.
To find out how to add your film to Padlet, simply click on these instructions.
Good luck!
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