At the time my class had been studying about Canada, and more specifically symbols of Canada. What better way to share what we were learning than with a green screen project. For this project my students selected a Canadian symbol, were filmed in front of a green screen talking about the symbol, and then the video clips and images about the specific symbols were put together using advanced features in iMovie. It was actually pretty easy to do. Let me explain in a bit more detail.
First off you need a green screen for filming. I used the most basic green screen I could find - large green paper off the roll of paper that we have hanging around in our hallways. I know Kathy used green plastic table clothes that she purchased at the dollar store (just make sure they aren't too thin so the items behind them don't come through). Others have used green fabric draped from the ceiling to the ground. The trick is that it's chroma key green.
|My green screen, simple green paper from a large paper roll.|
It's actually a good idea that before you start filming that you have an idea of which image (or video) will eventually be on the green screen so that you can position the student in the just right spot for filming. In addition it's really important that your student not wear green (or yellow or blue for that matter) because that part of them will act just like the green screen itself and it will be blended right into the background. I learned this the hard way but it was pretty cool to have one of my students fade into the maple leaf background, and another to have a movie playing on her head band. It was a learning experience for me too.
Once you have your background and green screen images all together it's time to move into iMovie. Unfortunately green screening is not yet possible on the iPad version of iMovie but it is possible on iMovie for your Apple desktop or laptop. The key is finding this feature when you're in iMovie. To do this under the iMovie tab at the top of your screen click down to where it says preferences. Then make sure you check "Show Advanced Tools". This opens up a ton of other really cool iMovie features which you may not have know existed. It's also where you find the green screen feature.
|Where to find your iMovie preferences.|
|Where to turn on advanced features.|
|Drag the green screen video op top of an image and the advanced features menu will show just like in this image.|
Then proceed as you normally would with iMovie and create your own video. Here's my first attempt at using green screen technology with my students. As you can see there are still a few errors but it was a great learning experience for me and my students. I'd love to see how you are using green screen technology too.