Summer 2017 Making Movies Camp

Podcast Tutorial:

  • Planning:
    • Script
      • outline of main points
      • conversational tone
      • include tags for who is saying each line
      • transitions / transitional phrases
      • Make sure that everyone’s voice is equally heard throughout the podcast
    • Equipment:
      • Avoid using your computer microphone.
      •  Recording with the built-in mic on your headphones will improve audio quality.
      • Make sure your mic is below your mouth and a bit to the side.
      • Don’t speak directly into the mic.
      • Make sure you watch the audio levels as you record. You don’t want your levels to be too high (too loud) because the quality will sound bad and if they are too low, it will be too soft.
    • Environment:
      • Try to record in a quiet environment.
      • Check out the environment before you start recording and listen for any background noise such as fans, air conditioners, printers, washing machines.
      • Avoid recording in environments with hard surfaces since they can cause an echo.
      • If you can’t find a quiet place to record, you can always find a small space to record in with a blanket over your head. It sounds weird, but it works.

  • Recording:
    • Take a sample recording before you start your interview. This will allow you to check the volume, as well as make sure that everything is working/saving correctly.
    • Keep all of your files in one place and make sure that folder is backed up to something like Google Drive, TCU Box, etc.
    • Can record in-person or virtually
    • Make sure you check your files after you are done recording

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Creative Writing: Making Movies: Grades 6-11

Instructors Jackie Hoermann-Elliott and Whitney L. James

July 10-14, 2017 (1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)

Have you ever pictured yourself writing or directing the next great movie? How about handling the camera that introduces the next award-winning actor? Or being that actor? Students in this class produce, script, film, and edit a movie with plot twists, suspense, and more! This workshop introduces students to the basics of filming, storyboarding, editing, and movie publishing with Windows MovieMaker, while exploring the genre of mystery. Cameras and computers with necessary software were available for student use during class thanks to the New Media Writing Studio. “Making Movies” was a class intended for aspiring movie makers entering or leaving grades 6-11.

The Hitman. A film created by Kareem, Claire, Chloe, Trevor, Jacob, and Noah.

Bloopers reel for The Hitman movie.

The Killer Ostrich. A film created by Jasmine, Alex, Katie, Cailyn, and Colton.

Bloopers reel for The Killer Ostrich movie.


The Archer. A film created by Gatlin, Peter, Thomas, and Amaya.

Additional Resources:

Additional Audacity Tutorials from YouTube:

Andrew Mercer’s Audacity Tutorial Playlist



Garage Band Tutorial:

For those of you who might prefer working with Mac products, we’re happy to share this video tutorial thanks to our Spring 2017 Intern Aubrey Fineout,

How to Record Audio with Garage Band:

Additional Resources:

Royalty Free Music


Music Screen

Royalty Free Sound Effects

Sound Bible

Free Sound