Creating a Movie or Trailer with iMovie

iMovie lets you get creative to make a movie out of the photographs you shoot and videos you record.

Using BrainPop's Make-a-Movie

Now you can make your own movies to share what you learn. It's a fun way to incorporate video, images, audio, and text (words) to share your ideas with the world!

Recording an Interview for a Video

Read these steps for how to use a video camera, phone, or iPad to record a video (moving images, or photographs).

1. How to Use the Video Camera

Learn about the different features of the FLIP camera and the iPad for making a movie or video.

Flip Camera

iPad




2. Video Making Cues

Learn about how to communicate with the camera crew without making ANY sounds.

Photographs of the Cues

Action Cue

Use this cue when the director is ready for the camera person to record the video.

Step One

Raise one hand in the air.
Place the other hand out at your waist.
Keep the palm facing up.
Action Cue 1

Step Two

Clap the hand in the air down.
It will hit the hand that is out at your waist.
Action Cue 2

Wrap it Up Cue

Use this cue when the director wants the interviewer and camera person to get ready to stop recording the video.

Step One

Point your finger to the sky.
Rotate your hand and arm in the shape of a circle.
Wrap it up Cue

Cut Cue

Use this cue when the director wants to tell the camera person to stop recording the video.

Step One

Raise one hand in the air.
Place the other hand out at your waist.
Keep the palm facing up.
Cut Cue 1

Step Two

Drop down the hand in the air.
Pretend your hand is chopping your other hand's palm.
Cut Cue 2

Video about the Cues


3. How to Zoom in for Close Up Shots and Zoom Out for Panoramic Shots

Learn about to take different types of shots when recording a video.


4. Movie Making Roles

There are different roles, or jobs, that the film crew, or people making the movie, must do to complete a movie.

1 Director

2 Interviewer

  • The director says, "action," and "stop."
  • The director keeps time with a timer.
  • The director makes sure the camera is steady.
  • The director decides on the camera shot.
  • The interviewer asks questions for the interviewee.
  • The interviewer reads questions on the cue cards.

3 Camera Person

4 Interviewee

  • The camera person records the video.
  • The interviewee listens to the interview questions.
  • The interviewee answers the interview questions.

5 Producer


  • The producer watches everyone.
  • The producer makes sure everyone is in position.