Lesson Plan

Creating a montage video of a chase scene

The app flow will guide students in the creation and promotion of their video so it can be viewed by the general public.
Brian S.
Classroom teacher
Grosse Pointe North High School
Grosse Pointe Woods, United States
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Arts

Students will be able to...create a storyboard of a chase scene with a protaginist and antagonist in which as the action of the scene gets faster the cutting (number of edits) gets shorter.  

Students will act in their scenes and help create a mood by the clothing, lighting, acting, and music.

Students will promote their short scenes to the general public and try to increase the number of views of their video. 

Students will shoot the video for their scenes using at least 5 different types of camera shots.

English Language Arts
Grades 9 – 12
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1 Hook

Activity: Presenting

I have a playlist from you tube that shows many different montages that students would be very familiar with.  As I play the videos I ask students what movie it is from?, How did it make you feel?  How did music impact the video?  What were the actors in the scenes like?  Did you need to see the rest of the movie to understand the video?  Why do you like/not like montages?  Finally what is a montage.  

2 Direct instruction

I go over with a Google slide show the history and mechanics of a montage.  How the pacing of the edits, music, lighting, acting, scenery can create an emotional response by the viewer.  

3 Guided practice

Activity: Conversing

The students will now have to storyboard a montage, either one of the examples or one they can find, then present to the rest of the class on what made this montage effective/unique.  Why did they like/dislike various camera shots.   Generally, I ony have students do about 30 seconds of the montage.  They now can start to create their own montage that has to have a minimum of two characters in the piece with a protaganist and antagonist.

4 Independent Practice

The students can now film their montage if their storyboard is complete using an ipad.   The montage can be no longer than 1 minute total and no shorter than 30 seconds.   They will then edit the video in imovie and upload to the classroom share storage.  Then students can promote their videos to their friends so more people are able to see the video.

5 Wrap up

Each student as to write a project overview of the pre production process, production, and post production of how the video went.  They then have to grade each member of their group.