Making a Movie Tutorial

Making a Movie Tutorial


By the end of the tutorial, students will be able to use Movie Maker (PC) and/or iMovie (MAC) to make videos with title screens, captions, transitions, images, audio, and/or video clips. Students will also know where to find copyright free images and music resources.


Overview of the Video Production Process

Introduction to the Video Production Process (PDF)

NMWS_VideoProject_Overview_SP15 (PP)

12 Awesome iPhone Camera Tricks…

“The best camera is the one that’s with you…”

NMWS_ShotComposition_SP15 (PP)

NMWS_GraphicMatch_SP15 (PP)

Storyboard Template


TCU Resources

Fact Books via TCU’s Office of Institutional Research

TCU’s Photo Library

TCU at a Glance

TCU 360

KTCU 88.7 The Choice (radio station)

Step One: Depending on their personal preference for PCs vs. MACs, students will either watch the NMWS tutorial for iMovie (MAC) or Movie Maker (PC). Your laptop should already have iMovie or Movie Maker installed, but if not, you can visit the App Store (MAC) or download MovieMaker.


Movie Maker Tutorial:


iMovie Tutorial:


Grabbing YouTube Video Tutorial:


Step Two: Use copyright free images and music:


Step Three: Create a 30 second video that has: images, sound, and text (either a standalone slide or caption). You can also include video clips (either from YouTube or your own files). Video should not be about anything related to the course assignment.


Step Four: Share the video with the class and discuss your experience using movie-making software and finding the materials for your video.


Optional: Rhetorical Strategies in Student Produced Videos

Creator: Ryan Conway
This video was created by Conway for Instructor Nicole Green’s ENGL 10803 course (First Year Composition: Writing As Inquiry).

Whole Class Q&A

  • How does Ryan use audio and images to invoke emotional responses from his audience?
  • How would the video be different with a voice-over?
  • Are the rhetorical, open-ended questions Ryan asks effective? Why or why not?
  • Do you think Ryan balances ethos (appeals to credibility), pathos (appeals to emotion), and logos (appeals to logic) in his video? How do you see these appeals working in the video?
  • How would you transform your paper into a video that could include audio, images, and/or video?


Creator: Shane Teveris
This video was created by Teveris for Dr. Todd Kerstetter’s undergraduate history course.


Student Examples of Interpretation of a Poem videos

Walt Whitman’s “A Noiseless Patient Spider” (video by Mary Roach)

Kay Ryan’s “Don’t Look Back” (video by Mary Roach)

Elizabeth Jennings’s “Delay” (video by Kelsee McInturf)

Parody PSAs (Public Service Announcements). The Ad Council website:

Argument Videos