These are my notes from Tony Vincent‘s Miami Device breakout session, “Make Marvelous Movies.” MY THOUGHTS AND COMMENTS ARE IN ALL CAPS.

All session resources are on:
http://learninginhand.com/mdmovies

Follow Tony Vincent on Twitter:
http://twitter.com/tonyvincent

TONY IS “THE CONSUMMATE EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY PROFESSIONAL – I LOVE LEARNING FROM HIM! I LOVED HOW HE HELPED US BOTH REMINICE ABOUT HOW MOVIEMAKING “USED TO BE IN THE OLD DAYS” OF iMacs & FIREWIRE CABLES IN THIS SESSION, BUT ALSO LEARN SO MANY NEW IDEAS AND PRACTICAL APPROACHES TO USING MOVIEMAKING WITH STUDENTS

short clips are great because:
– visually interesting
– rarely zooms and pans
– illusion of multiple cameras
– shorter lines
– script just off camera

“CollabraCam: Multicam Social Video Production” is great app for multiple-camera videos using iOS devices, but it wouldn’t work on the wifi network here at MiamiDevice

MY COMMENT: I USED COLLABRACAM BACK IN JANUARY 2012 AND LOVED THE IDEA BUT FOUND IT BUGGY AT THE TIME. HOPEFULLY IT WILL CONTINUE TO IMPROVE!

Splice app for iOS is so easy & free
– can bring together photos, videos, and transitions to combine
– less of a learning curve than iMovie

Technique: use black and white
– usually shows something old or bad
– we just saw this used in many campaign ads: “Can we trust so-and-so…”

Slow motion: makes it more dramatic

Documents 5 by Readdle will let us “open in another app”
– use it to open music (‘open in’) in iMovie

Phenomenon when people record videos: “fire hosing”
– instead of panning, stopping and doing another video: that is best

MY COMMENT: YEP, THIS IS IN WIKTIONARY:
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/firehosing

Light tripod for mobile videography Tony likes and has:
tonyv.me/zipshotpod

transitions tell your audience the time and/or place of the video has changed, so use them sparingly

Action Movie FX app
– takes your video and does a green-screenish effects, Hollywood effects

MY COMMENT: I AM SO GETTING THIS FOR MY CLASSROOM iPAD CART FOR STUDENT VIDEOS!

Horizon – Horizontal HD Video Recorder (lock iOS device to avoid vertical videos)

Edited version of a YouTube video Tony partially shared during his session – I LOVE THIS!

Vertical Video Syndrome – PSA – Edited For Kids

WHAT A FANTASTIC SESSION BY TONY! IF YOU ARE NOT FOLLOWING TONY AND READING / SUBSCRIBED TO HIS BLOG YOU NEED TO REMEDY THAT NOW. 🙂

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  • Hello again Wesley!

    I really enjoyed this blog as well! I learned a lot from all of the resources you provided! I really like the use of movies in the classroom! Whether you’re using it to engage your students or they’re the ones creating something, making movies is a great idea! Have you thought about trying out Collabracam again? I think that you’re right, and it has probably improved.

    Thank you for all of the information in this post! Not to mention, someone else’s blog to look at! Have a great week!

    Jennifer Cole

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