Animations and Adverts

We’re in the process of planning some animations and adverts.

I love the fact that the children are coming up with ideas I haven’t even considered.

My only regret at the moment is our lack of a green screen.

My favourite ideas so far include making a scratch animation or pivot stick animation and using it with a green screen.

When we were planning the animations I used a ‘good, great, outstanding’ sheet.
I hadn’t realised that this was a format I hadn’t used for a long time and the children really liked it.
The good thing was that most of them were determined to achieve a minimum of great, but were aiming for outstanding.

At the end of the lesson I even had several requests to use the same format in more of my lessons.


Hopefully we’ll be animating at the end of the week and I’m aiming for outstanding.

Green Screen

Before half term I was lucky enough to be able to borrow a green screen.

We were involved in a STEM project and wanted to film the pupils interacting with a circuit and in front of giant images of circuit related paraphernalia.

The screen is a huge beast of a thing, but putting it up was surprisingly painless.

A small group of pupils helped me.greenscreen They asked if they could stay and watch instead of heading out to play.

It’s been a while since I went on the course showing me how to use the app (Green Screen Movie FX) so I made a quick film and sat down at the side of the hall to edit it.

The children watched me struggle for a few minutes before drifting off.

I couldn’t remember how to remove the chroma key. I tried, in vain.

I asked a passing colleague who’d also been on the training.

In tandem we failed.

The sound of laughter drifted across the room – while we had been faffing around the children had picked up another iPad and filmed – they had then (without any training) removed the background and dropped in a passing dinosaur and volcano.

My only consolation was the fact that one of them kindly said ‘we used the skills you taught us when we were instant alphaing’ After a quick lesson (for me) we were away.

It’s not as easy as it looks to walk in front of the screen and interact with nothing but after lots of laughter and ‘take twos’ (and three, four, fives) we got the job done.

The children were happy to edit within the app but I’ve discovered I’m more old school and prefer to use iMovie.

If we’re able to borrow the screen again I think I’ll give them the choice and link it to instruction writing. There are so many amazing learning opportunities that could be developed and linked to green screening.

Off the top of my head I’ve come up with Art/Literacy – drawing scenes from a class novel and having the children enact a scene from the text

Literacy – using existing film footage and writing narrative t match – you could be anything, polar explorers, deep sea divers, gold miners …

Science – filming an experiment and then dropping the pupils in front of it while they explain what was happening

Geography – walkthroughs of anywhere you are studying

PSHE – conversations with yourself exploring fears and worries I was particularly pleased with the success of my improvised camera stand. IMG_5149