Movie Making

Things you will need:

  • Images, music and/or video clips (images work just fine)
  • Storyboard template
  • Movie editing program
NOTE Under the fair use of copyrighted materials for education you may use the following as long as you cite your sources: 10 percent of a work OR three minutes of video, 30 second of music and 1000 words of text. You can then use the project in an educational setting, but you may NOT post it on the web if you have incorporated copyrighted materials. Even FREE materials need to be cited and given credit.
  1. Make a storyboard of your movie - A storyboard is an instrument that filmmakers use to know what is going to take place in a movie. It includes the shot (picture or video) and the dialog or narration. (PDF storyboard template- see below)
  2. Create a folder where you will save your image, music, and video files and your
    movie project file while in the editing process. If you move your files around to a variety of computers and don’t keep them all together, you will find your images turn into large yellow triangles (which mean the movie cannot find the corresponding files).
  3. Gather the image, video and music files you want to use to tell the story of your book. Book trailers are meant to tease so NO SPOILERS! Use public domain photos or those you have taken yourself. (see below for resources and see below for compatible file extensions)
  4. Open your movie editing software. (see below for options) Remember to ‘SAVE PPROJECT AS’ as you go into your movie folder (this creates a .wimp file).
  5. Upload, import or simply drag images, video and/or music clips into your software program’s work space or timeline.
  6. Move the files in the order you want them in the timeline view.
  7. Add text using the title, caption and credits options.
  8. Select transitions between slides for added effect.
  9. Add music and finalize timing.
  10. Render or ‘burn’ your movie when you have completed editing by going to ‘SAVE MOVIE AS’ (this creates a .wmv file). This process finalizes your movie into a smaller and more mobile version, however, you will no longer be able to edit this movie.

YA Book Lists & Links

YALSA YALSA is the Young Adult part of the American Library Association. Check here for reding lists including great graphic novels, amazing audiobooks, best books for young adults, award winning books and more.
Fantastic Fiction Fantastic Fiction has bibliographies for over 25,00 authors and information on over 300,000 books. This is a great place to check on series!
Reading Rants Reading ants Featuring out of the ordinary booklists for teens it has become a popular book review source for teenagers as well as their grown-ups.
Guys Read Guys Read- a web-based literacy program for boys. Our mission is to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers.
Boy Meets Book Boy Meets Book Michael Sullivan site boasts a number f age-appropriate book lists for boys including middle and high school. The lists are then separated by genre- mystery, fantasy, historical etc.
The Book Seer The Book Seer is a website where you can enter the book and author you've just read and it will search Amazon and LibraryThing for a new suggestion for you to read next.
Teen Reads Teen Reads is a place for teens to get information on their favorite authors, books, charaters and series.
Guys Lit Wire Guys Lit Wire - a blog to help you find the reading material YOU want.

Internet Safety - for parents, children, and teens

GET AD-UCATED TODAY @ admongo.gov!
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Who is responsible for the ad?
What is the ad actually saying?
What does the ad want me to do?

Through admongo.gov, kids will learn to recognize ads, understand them, and make smarter decisions as they navigate the commercial world. (added May 2010)

As a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, Common Sense Media provides trustworthy information and tools, as well as an independent forum, so that families can have a choice and a voice about the media they consume.

Common Sense Media provides trustworthy information so that families can have a choice and a voice about the media they consume

Informational Links

  • Internet Safety Tools for Teens & Parents
  • Cyberbullying Resource Center - The Cyberbullying Research Center is dedicated to providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents.
  • ikeepsafe.org - Their mission statement is: To give parents, educators, and policymakers the information and tools which empower them to teach children the safe and healthy use of technology and the Internet.
  • NetSmart Teens - NetSmart Teens offers videos to help educate teens about the dangers of online gaming, social networking and cyberbullying. The site offers a link for Spanish speakers.
  • SafeKids.com - This site offers everything from safety on the Internet, to cell phone and texting and cyber-bullying for children, teens and parents.
  • Teens Health - This site provides safe surfing tips for teens and information about a variety of healthy lifestyle choices.
  • Thatsnotcool.com - Advise for teen on test harassment, pic pressure and constant messaging. Kids talk about pressure and disrespect using today's technologies.