Silent FilmVideo Project
In the early days of film, before movies had sound and color, people would sit in the darkness of the movie show and watch flickering black-and-white stories about a little tramp with a funny hat and moustache. Charlie Chaplin is probably the first name that comes to mind when someone says the words "silent movies."
Of course, there were plenty of other films made in the years between 1910 and 1930. Many a hero foiled many a villain; many a cop chased many a robber. You might want to try your hand at shooting an old-fashioned silent movie, too.
- Watch a few old silent movies, if you can. (See your teacher, there are also lots on the internet)
- You'll notice that the actors and actresses use very dramatic facial expressions. They speak with the eyes, not their lips. They also use grand, dramatic gestures that help to get their point across.
- Props and costumes are important. Find them before you begin taping.
- Find background music.
- Write a Script
- Develop a Storyboard
- Decide upon or prepare a location. Plan for lighting and sound.
- Capture the video
- Assemble the video clips.
- Create your text for storyline.
- Apply black and white filter. Add flickering-grainy look.
- Create a QuickTime movie
- Finished length: 2 - 4 minutes
- The viewer understands what product is being presented
- Pacing is quick. No extra material.
- Transitions placed on clips where needed
Have some fun with this. This should be a group project. Divide responsibilities. Get a cheesy story. Over act!!!