13 February 2017

The course reached the end.

The main advantages of this course was the opportunity to try to film with the fixed camera down to the table to make demonstrations of products and resources and to try for the first time stop motion technique. In my professional context the first approach will be repeated, but stop motion I doubt since it’s too time consuming for my purposes.
I also had the chance to try new vídeo editor free apps.
So far, I’ve used screencasts for my tutorials and presentations, but I think it will now be possible to diversify.
I’ve promoted this course and some of the documents and links to my community of teachers, as well as other vídeos I’ve searched related to the course.
I think that the courses oriented for «making» and experimenting are always more fruitful.
Futurelearn platform has the great advantage of being oriented for fórum of discussion, promoting dialogue among peers, but I think it should extend the number of characters per post (it’s a nuisance when one has to continue one message in a second post). This limitation was not so pertinent in this course, but in literature courses it’s a problem.

I’ve started a new category list in my Youtube channel «DIY/MAKE» –

Last acquisitions: a photo light box and a flexible tripod




12 February 2017

My storyboard for my stop motion «library» – library2

The characters I’ve constructed for my stop motion, using the course template. I’ve cut out rugged cardpaper and sewed the parts to articulate them.


I’ve downloaded a few clipart images for the scenario of the stopmotion.

Great animations available in Youtube:

Hamburgers –

Paper craft – –

11 February 2017

Animation of teapots,givig life to objects, my project.

I’ll try to summarize the steps:
1- Searched in Google for clipart of eyes and mouths and cut them out. Used pieces of double sided tape to stick to the teapots.
2 – Covered my table with a white K-line (foam cardboard) and hanged a white bed sheet on the wall
3- This time downloaded an alternative to JellyCam, another free stopmotion software – MonkeyJam – and used a webcam to capture the images
4 – Took around 600 pictures. Exported the movie (AVI) to my computer.
5 – Edited in Windows Movie Maker, repeated the movie 3 times, the first with no effects and the other two with visual effects of WMM, and added a ragtime music. Exported in HD
6- Finally, uploaded to Youtube (1:34 min)-
I’m pleased with the result, but it took me many hours.

How to do cut out animation –

How to make cut out animation –

8 February 2017

How to make a Zoetrope –

Nice stopmotion story –

Free music repositories:

Public Domain Music –
Free Music Archive –
Jamendo –

There’s a great free tool to compose music –

7 February 2017

My experiments with Stop&Motion JellyCam free tool

Intro to Cubism –

If I told him… by Gertrude Stein –

6 February 2017

Documentation for Week 3: Global into-film_week_3

Idea generation – ide-ageneration-week-3

Claymation – animation with 3D characters (plasticine) –claymation-ppt

Paper cut character template – paper_cut_out_character_template_week_2_step_2-11

Wire armature – wire_armature

Paper cut-out character template – paper_cut_out_character_template_week_2_step_2-11

Storyboard template –storyboard_template

Characters,materials and sets- character__materials_and_set_for_animation_13-12-16-1


Thaumatrope – thaumatrope

Early animation – early_animation_13-12-16-1

Flick book – flick_book

Vídeo with thaumatropes –

Week 2 documentation – into-film_week_2

5 February 2017

Another free video editor VSDC that looks simpler but more sophisticated than WMM. A channel of tutorials in

Exploring with Lightworks. The tutorials of Lightworks are great, but extensive and time consuming. I decided to look for a quicker one – . It also seems a bit sophisticated for me.

4 February 2017

Exploring more free video editors – Shotcut – DaVinci Release – Hitfilm Express. All very professional, all very sophisticated and not easy for a beginner. A brief presentation of the features of these tools –

3 February 2017

There are several free video editors, but some of the more user-friendly and intuitive display a logo in the middle of the film. This happens in Filmora and AVS as in my examples:

Filmora version –

AVS version –

Back to WMM that I’m used to and has no logos or major limitations:

31 January 2017

Planning sheet – 5 shot film on «DIY sensory materials» – planning-sheet-5-shots-diy-sensory-materials

Storyboard toolkit – storyboard_toolkit_14-12-16-1

30 January 2017

Alternatives to iMovie –

Exploring VidTrim –

My brief 5 shot film:

5 shots (1- global view of products; 2- close up of boxes and bags with materials and tools; 3 – show how to sensory bottles and shakers; 4 -show how to talking boxes; 5 – show how to sensory books)

4 key ideas (1 -affordable materials; 2- recycled materials; 3- Montessori inspiration; 4 – the importance of senses in the development of the child and the ones with special needs in particular)

3 settings to film (1 – office; 2- home; 3-soundproof room)

2 minute duration (I have my doubts?)

1 – theme «DIY sensory materials» (addressed to teachers who work with pre-schoolers and pupils with special needs)


29 January 2017

Evaluation Tool Kit – evaluate_toolkit_13-12-16-1

Screening in class tech support – screening_in_class_12-01-17-1

Skills assessment – analysis – skills_assessment___analysis-1

Skills assessment – writing and scriptwriting – skills_assessment___writing_and_scriptwriting

Skills assessment-filmmaking skills_assessment___filmmaking

28 January 2017

My week activity a one shot film edited in WMM on examples of school projects with electric circuits. The one shot includes some «pauses» while recording.

and a shorter and simpler video  SNIP –

27 January

Plan for One Shot Film


Camera movement – camera-movements

Camera angles – camera-angles

Cheap devices to hold the camera



26 January 2017

6 Top Tips to help you improve the quality of your film.

1. Aspect ratio
If filming on a tablet or phone, it’s best not to switch between portrait (filming with the device upright) and landscape (filming with the device on its side). Keeping your device in landscape will usually produce the best results.

2. Camera positioning
Where is the best place to position the camera to get a clear shot, without background or foreground clutter? You may also wish to consider whether to position the camera at eye level, higher (high angle) or lower (low angle).

3. Camera framing
Would a long shot, mid shot or close up suit best for the activity you have in mind?

4. Lighting
Are the people being filmed facing the light source rather than standing with their backs to it? (A light source behind the subject will leave them in silhouette.)

5. Sound
Have you chosen a suitable location to cut out background noise? Is the microphone close to the person who is speaking to camera?

6. Use of a tripod
If you are without access to a tripod, have you minimised camera shake with your elbows on a table, shelf or wall?

25 January 2017

My first activity to think and plan my one shot film

Consider Light Bulb Wise Lamp Wisdom Know IdeaOne shot film on school projects with electric circuits – Examples for teachers to put in practice with students in the classroom

Write a guideline for narration
Collect images of projects/products
Explain how to
Show products, tools and materials

Illustrated script – electricity-is-part-of-our-everyday-life

24 January 2017

«In Week 1 of our course we’ll show you how simple and easy it is to integrate filmmaking into your teaching through trying out a one-shot film. In Week 2 we’ll look at multi-shot filmmaking through five-shot films and in Week 3 we’ll progress to incorporating animation techniques into our teaching practice. We’ll show you lots of inspirational examples of student and teacher produced films during the course and by Week 3 you’ll be fully up and running with using film and animation for teaching and learning with your pupils.»

Week 1 documentation  was delivered for download: into-film_week_1

A process to follow – Think, Plan, Create and Evaluate.
  1. Think: Focuses on the topic, problem or area of study, including reflection on any connections with prior learning and thinking of creative solutions.
  2. Plan: Research of ideas. Planning responses through film or animation. Creation of a script or storyboard of ideas.
  3. Create: Creation of a filmic, animated or audio response to the problem, question or area of study.
  4. Evaluate: Screening of work for peers and discussion of the approach. Comparison of the selected approach to the work of others. Self and peer evaluation.A prompt-card-think_plan_create_evaluateto help question the stages.think_toolkit_13-12-16-1

23 January 2017

Filmmakng and Animation in the Classroom is a MOOC launched by Futurelearn on the 23rd of January 2017 and promoted by the British Film Institute –

Twitter hashtag – #FLteachfilmmaking

«This course is for Primary and Secondary educators working with children and young people aged from 5-19 in both formal and informal settings. Over the next three weeks, we’ll introduce you to a variety of simple but effective filmmaking and animation activities that will help invigorate and enhance your teaching and learning practice. You’ll also be able to access a range of downloadable tools and frameworks for use in your classroom.»