Is it really possible to make a movie with Kindergarteners? Some may doubt us, but the answer is YES!! The movie making process with Kindergarteners takes time and a lot of patience, but it is a very rewarding experience when you see the finished project. The first step we took was to pick an educational topic to focus on. At St. John’s, the theme Mrs. Grack chose was prepositions. Next, we read a book on prepositions called Bears in the Night by the Berenstains. After reading the book, each student in our class was assigned a preposition to illustrate.
In the following class, we practiced our picture taking skills and learned about a variety of film shots from the American Film Institute. We also learned about storyboards and their relationship to film shots by watching a deleted clip from the movie Frozen that was filmed using the original storyboards. The third class was when we wrote our script. Each kindergarten class had to develop a storyline that included a problem and solution. Each student in our class had a line and a preposition that they had include in the script. The themes for this year’s movies were: “Lost in the Forest on a Stormy Night,” “Where in the World are the Letterbooks?” and “How do we get to Disneyland?”
During the fourth week, we applied our knowledge about film shots and storyboards by making a storyboard that matched each of our written parts in the movie. One thing we focused on was making the storyboards as accurate as possible by including a picture of ourselves using the correct body positions and facial expressions. Next, it was time to take our camera shots. We partnered up and worked together to get the exact photo that matched our storyboards. Some of us used the Green Screen and had to find a background that represented our storyboard picture. For example, one student wanted to be on a roller coaster with cotton candy and with the Green Screen technology, we made it happen!!
Last, Mrs. Grack applied her editing magic using Google Slides and Imovie. As a class we chose the background music for the movie. Then, we added our audio after discussing how we needed to make our voices and words, clear, slow and expressive. On the night of Expression Explosion, our movies debuted to our family and friends.
The movie took six weeks to produce, but we learned so much and are so proud of our accomplishment.
By: Mrs. Grack, Educational Technology Teacher