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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Assignment: book report

This is part of a series suggesting different ways to use Moviestorm in schools or other educational environments. They also make useful exercises for film-makers wanting to develop and practice different film-making techniques. Many more lesson plans and ideas, with free downloadable resources, can be found on the Moviestorm Web site.

Assignment: book report
Create a short film about a book. Explain what it’s about, and review it critically. If it’s a classic book, explain why it’s significant in literature.


Suggested techniques
Put extracts from the book as text on screen, or have them read aloud.

Do an interview with the author, or have the author talk about the book.

Do a group chat session with people talking about the book and why they liked it.

Add in pictures of the author, and reconstructed scenes from the book.

If the book has illustrations, use those on-screen.

Use music and a good title sequence to set the mood.

For teachers: benefits to students

  • Adding multimedia content enables the student to approach the subject in a richer way than just using written text and still images.
  • Finding images and music to enhance the presentation requires detailed research.
  • Providing narration builds confidence in speaking without needing to do it in front of an audience or camera.
  • Creating a multimedia presentation helps develop presentational skills and requires the student to consider what information is best presented using the different media: spoken, written, or visual.


  • Ages 12+
  • Suitable for groups or solo
  • Literature

Click the link to download a Moviestorm movie template.


Installation instructions:

Download the file and extract the zip folder to this location:


Vista, Windows 7, Macs: [Username]/Moviestorm/Movies


Windows XP: C:/Documents and Settings/[Username]/Moviestorm/Movies



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