I have experienced iMovie many times in my life; I’ve used it to make movies in elementary school, and I have also made stop-motion movies with it, but in middle school so far, I hadn’t experienced iMovie at all.
Recently, my group members and I decided on a MediaTech module, where we had to come up with an idea for a new invention, and create a video about it. My group members and I spent a while on coming up with our idea, when we thought about what we could improve on our cell phones, and we realized that we wanted bigger screens. One of my group members has the iPhone 6, which has a really big screen, but it’s a little bulky. I have an iPhone 4, which is very portable, but has a really small screen, so it’s really hard to type on it.
We realized that we wanted a projector phone, so that we could have a big screen, with a projected keyboard, so that it was easier to type. You’d be able to change the size of the screen so that you could present to a whole crowd of people.
We quickly typed up a script, and we started filming. I talked about our product, while my other group members filmed the video, and held up cue cards. We did a few takes, and selected the final video that we shot. We edited the video so that I had a ribbon under my head, and we also added music and credits.
We came up with an issue, where my hands were posed to point to images on the screen, which we were to edit in later, but we weren’t sure how to do that. We looked up some new ways on the computer, but they all seemed really complicated, and we didn’t understand them at all.
We were really frustrated with iMovie, so when it came to the end of the class, we still hadn’t finished our movie.
When we came back the next class, I was delighted to find that Ms. Sauter had found a way to put images into our video; by changing the iMovie settings so that we could insert images. We were so happy to find that we could finally put our images in, but at one point, we needed to put two images in, which wasn’t possible. I ended up looking a little silly, because I ended up motioning at nothing, but otherwise, I think the video turned out great.
We finally added finishing touches, even a short tune at the end that got stuck in our heads even over Thanksgiving break, and we were finished.
I realized that learning doesn’t always have to be painful; it can be fun too, especially if you are willing to get a little bit frustrated to find out new things.