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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Assignment: Speech

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: Speech
Take a famous speech, and film it.


Suggested techniques
If you have access to audio recording of the actual speech, consider using that.

Add on-screen text explaining why this is significant.

You can film the speaker making the speech, or use other appropriate images and sequences: for example, if you were doing Kennedy’s “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech, you could cut away to images and scenes illustrating the Cold War and the Iron Curtain.

Use plenty of body language to emphasise the speech.

Add music.

For teachers: benefits to students

  • The student will get closely involved with the speech, which helps them understand why it is important.
  • Dramatic reconstruction helps them understand rhetoric.
  • Finding images and music to enhance the presentation requires detailed research.


  • Ages 14+
  • Suitable for groups
  • History, politics, current affairs

Downloadable resources

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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