Public Service Announcement

January 27th, 2012

Three of my 8th grade students spent over two months making this 30-second PSA for our county’s Keeping It Safe Campaign. They first met a few days after school to brainstorm possible story ideas. When they finally settled on an idea, they started a Google Doc and continued their planning there. At one point, one of the group members went on a family trip to Paris. Instead of missing an afterschool planning session, she Skyped in from Paris using her iTouch.

This is the first film where students used the new Final Cut Pro X software we recently installed on a few of our machines. They took to this new editing software quickly. I asked one of the main editors if she could imagine going back to iMovie after using FCPX. She said “No, iMovie’s stupid.”

They met on a Saturday at one of their houses to film. Most of the editing was done during lunch, and a little bit during class. The film was due today by 4:00 and they were still editing it at lunch today. I think they are happy with the final outcome for the most part. People often don’t realize how hard it is to make short films. You have to plan carefully to come up with something good. I think they did a great job. The film is 30 seconds exactly before the credits roll.

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