Behind the Scenes

The steps of making this video

Step One: We started this project by discussing the topic “How can science save the world?” We came up with tons of problems in the world. Then we brainstormed solutions for the problems and each person decided on a topic that he or she specifically wanted to research.


 Step Two: Once we had our topics, we started taking notes on our subject. Teacher Claire set up a portaportal website with links to websites that she thought each person could use to take notes. With those notes, we wrote and revised papers on our topics.


Step Three: We got into animation groups based on the similarities of the group member’s topics; for example, all the people who chose types of alternative energy got into an assigned group. We created a narration to accompany our animations.



Step Four:  We wrote new words for a song we had already written, called “In a Thousand Years”. The song, which you will hear in the video, has words that pertain to the introduction of the video and the ending of the video.

Step Five: We added instruments to the music. It took many days of recording to make this happen. Many students played instruments. There were string instruments of all shapes and sizes,  a couple xylophones, and a piano.


Step Six: Next our groups worked on our stop-motion animation using a program called iStopMotion. We drew the landscape on paper and added moving parts to the landscape. We never realized how many pictures you had to take to make an animation!



Step Seven: Next our class brainstormed ideas for the introduction and ending to our video.  We took turns acting and most people got to videotape.  We also got to wear real lab coats for the last scene!



Step Eight: We edited our video in iMovie. Next it was to the web!  And not some tarantula’s nest in your basement either, I mean the internet! We set up this website to show you just how much work we put into our video.  If you want to vote for our video, it will be on the contest website soon!



Posted December 9, 2011 by sciencesavestheworld