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Easy Movie Making with a Green Screen


Would you believe me if I told you that it is easy to create a green screen video for little to no money at all? With some green or blue butcher paper, a free 30 day trial download of ULead Studio 11, and a video camera, you are five steps away from easily making a quality movie with your class.

Materials Needed*:

  • green or blue butcher paper. I have a green cloth that was provided with a Pinnacle program I formally used (but do not recommend).
  • a video recorder~I highly recommend purchasing a Flip Video. This is my absolute favorite tool in the classroom. With no cords, chips, or programs to worry about, this camera is user friendly. There is a reason I have two of them and carry one in my purse at all times.
  • a free 30 day trial of ULead Video Study 11. This program is quick, efficient, and user friendly.

*PC based directions


Action on the Set!


Step 1:


Create a script and plot for your movie. We enjoy creating content related films, although I have a few that are just plain silly (ex-Coco Wants A Fortune Cookie). Movies of the past have addressed simple machines, moon phases, and measurement conversions, but it was limited to filming and saving alone. Now, we have the power to transport our class anywhere we want.


Step 2:


Hang a green screen (either purchased or using butcher paper) on a flat, open wall. Make sure this area is well lit and clear of shadows.


Step 3:


Film your students in front of the green screen as they read the script. The student must be free of the colors green and blue for this to work. Tight on time? Recruit a parent. The Flip Video is so easy to use, I was able to give my volunteer thirty second directions before filming in the hall.



Step 4:


Open up ULead Video and import photos and video under one simple folder. A chroma key (green screen) can be viewed when you click on the imported green screen video. With one click it merges your photo and video together, exporting your kids to another time or place! If you have ever used Microsoft Movie Maker this program can be completed with similar effort. Here are photos to demonstrate the steps within the step. You can also turn to www.youtube.com for many tutorial videos on ULead.






Step 5:


Burn movies on a CD or save to your site to present a movie worthy of Hollywood with friends and family. It is easiest to save your project as a wmv. file, but I had a few students who wore green and needed a higher quality setting. I saved our video as a mpg. file which takes much longer to load and must be opened with Microsoft Media Player. It is possible to save a version viewable on Mac computers as well.




To view our class video entitled: Reading Takes Us Places (Media Player), click here.

This year we are looking for new video ideas. If you have an interesting one, please share! I am interested in making some math and science videos. I'd love to hear your suggestions. To view the videos we have made last year, click here.


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Angela Bunyi


Great! Making a movie with a green screen REALLY isn't any harder than filming a regular movie...and if you have a Flip Video, you don't need cords, chips, programs, etc.

Good luck to you!

Clare Taylor

You have done amazing work. The kids get so excited about using the green screen. I now think I will try it in my classroom.


Angela Bunyi

Hey Amy,

That idea is really, really good. I especially like the idea of measuring famous landmarks on the screen. It would be funny AND educational for both math and social studies!

Let me know if you have any questions at all and good luck!



Thanks for making this look so easy and inexpensive, Angela!

I can't wait to try this with my kids. I think they'll *love* it!

I think that "Measuring My World" would be a neat math video. You could capture kids using different kinds of measurement tools in real-world situations. It could even be set to a script.

***OOOOOH - I wonder if it would be possible for it to look like they are measuring things that are part of the background of the greenscreen. Like, if they could be measuring the Eiffel Tower with a ruler...that would be funny!

:) Amy

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