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Planning your movie

1. Create a storyboard: A storyboard is like an outline for your movie. Think of it as a comic strip version of your film- combining both images and words or sounds. Print this form to get started.

2.  Write a script: A script includes the setting, the characters, the lines the characters will speak and the movements they will make.  You can write a script in any word processing application or print this handy template:

3. Gather your materials:  Collect any props or costumes you will need.  These items will make your movie more authentic and fun to watch.

4. Practice your lines and your movements: Your movie will look more professional if you aren't reading your lines.  Practice a lot! We call this rehearsing.

5. Find your background images: You are going to replace the green background with images to make your film more interesting.  You should try to find high quality images- make sure to download the largest size available. Images found using these sources have been given permission for reuse:


If you find an image from another source, make sure you cite it.  EasyBib can help!


Filming your movie

1. Figure out your filming strategy: Here are some options:

  • Digital video camera (Flip Video, iPod, DVC) AND Computer with iMovie software
  • iPad with Green Screen App such as Veescope Live Full
  • Additional tools you may want to use:
    • tripod (with iPad mount if using an iPad)
    • external microphone (for DVC use only)
    • external microphone for voice overs (Computer editing only)
    • extra lighting

2. Gather your equipment: Check your library to borrow much of the above equipment.

3. Film your movie: Make sure you DON'T WEAR GREEN! You may need to film multiple takes- don't worry, you will edit out the bloopers and mistakes.  

Editing your movie

1. Using iMovie '11: 

    First turn on Advanced Preferences. In iMovie select "iMovie" and then "Preferences."


Then click in the box next to "Show Advanced Tools."


Sharing Your Movie

1. Decide how you are going to share your movie: There are many options for sharing videos! 
  • Sharing with Google Drive: You can upload a video to Google Drive and share it through email or embed the video in a Google Site.
  • Sharing with Vimeo: Create a Vimeo account to share videos. You can embed these videos in a website or use a Vimeo Widget. 
  • Sharing with You Tube: Create a You Tube Channel to share videos. You can choose between private, unlisted, and public sharing. 
Click below for more information about sharing your video!

Classroom Connections

Green Screen videos can be used to support many content areas in the classroom. Check out this list of ideas to get started: 
  • Weather Forecast Videos
  • Reenact Historical Scenes 
  • Create Historical Fiction 
  • News Reports
  • Retelling Stories 
  • Reenacting Field Trips
  • Expressing Future Wishes - When I grow up I want to be… 
  • If I Could Be Anyone For A Day 
  • Booktrailers 
  • Anatomy Videos (wear a green shirt or pants)
  • Demonstrating scientific principles

Dynamic Landscapes Presentation

Using Technology To Ignite Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Collaboration


Additional Resources


The Green Screen Handout below has information on creating or buying a green screen and other helpful accessories.

Linda McSweeney has an excellent resource guide on creating green screen films:
Vimeo Video School is full of resources, tutorials and ideas for making great video projects.


iMovie 10.0.6

Video Editing Tutorials

Why use green screen?