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Stories in the Wild: Start Here!

An example of a News Report about the Three Pigs


With Toontastic 3D, you can draw, animate, and narrate swashbuckling adventures, breaking news stories, science reports, and all your other wacky ideas.


Binumi is a game-changer, a unique video storytelling platform that helps you promote and tell stories in a simple and creative way.


Use Story Scrapbook for brainstorming your story

Start your own story scrapbook at

Use Blabberize to create talking characters

Find an image to represent one of your characters, but make sure the mouth is clearly visible.

Record and save what you want this character to say, then follow the instructions in Blabberize
to make your character talk.

To make a conversation, you may need to do this again with a second character, then stitch the two together using iMovie.

Try PowToon for creating part of your story

You will need to create an account before you begin.


You can easily create great free videos with PowToon but, unless you pay for an account, you have to put up with an unfortunate 'outro' attached to the end of your video.


PowToon Tutorials

These are divided into short clips explaining each step of the video creation process.

PDF explaining steps in the process.


What your Story Structure should look like

Wtite part of your story as a Twitter conversation


Twitter is an online conversation platform, where each tweet you post has a maximum of 140 characters.

Use the template below to write a section of your story using a narrator and different characters.

Identify each tweet with a person's or creature's icon so we know who's talking at that point in the story, then save it as a jpeg.

Movie Studio

Movie Studio Tutorial

Beginners tutorial to Movie Studio. Follow the steps below for assignments and in-class tasks.

PART 1 - Organising your folders
Create a project folder and a folder inside that for any assets (images, video etc). Make sure that you never lose your assets!

Technically, you can set your folders up any way you like, but you must never lose/move your assets as your Movie Studio Project will cease to work correctly and you may not be able to render out your finished video.

PART 2 - Setting up a Movie Studio Project
Open Movie Studio Platinum.  
Click NEW on the dialogue box
Click PROJECT, then NEW

Choose your settings.

For a class assignment, use the settings in the image (below) unless told otherwise.

"Internet Video" and "Internet (Widescreen) 24p".

(Remember to tell it where to save and by what name - you will need to click "Browse").

PART 3 - Importing files into Movie Studio

You will need to import your assets that are to be used in the project.  Click PROJECT then IMPORT MEDIA and simply navigate to the files you wish to import.

They will appear in the space above the timeline.

Next drag the asset onto the timeline so it can be edited.

  Listen to Mr Russell show you how to drag the asset onto the timeline so it can be edited

PART 4 - Moving, cutting and deleting timeline footage
To make a cut in the footage on the timeline simply move the play point to where you want to make the cut.

Then using the right click feature to choose either trim starttrim end, cut or split.  Each serves its own purpose, the videos (right) will demonstrate these as well as how to move the play point.

  Listen to Mr Russell show you how to move the 'play point'

  Listen to Mr Russell show you how to move footage (and images/audio)

  Listen to Mr Russell show you how to trim cut and split video

PART 5 - Effects transitions and text!

The video to the right will demonstrate how to add some effects and transitions.

The next two videos specifically help you with text.

  Listen to Mr Russell demonstrate transitions and FX

  Listen to Mr Russell show you how to insert text

PART 6 - I want to move and size my video... and possibly have two or more on screen at once!


Moving and changing the size of your video is simple enough but you will need to remember that any new footage brought into that layer may be affected as well!

  Listen to Mr Russell show you how to move and resize your videos and make two appear at the same time!

PART 7 - Chroma Keying (Blue/Green Screen editing)
This video will show you how to adjust/edit a chroma key in movie studio.

  Listen to Mr Russell show you how to adjust/move a chroma key

PART 8 - Rendering a completed video
Click PROJECT then click RENDER AS

Choose the FOLDER that you want the video to be made in by clicking the BROWSE button.

Choose the FOLDER that you want the video to be made in by clicking the BROWSE button.

Type in the NAME you want your video to have.

Choose the setting for the video. For a class assignment use the ones in the image (right) unless told otherwise.

Ensure that RENDER LOOP REGION ONLY is NOT ticked.

If you have it selected only a segment of video will be rendered according to the selections in your project.  To ensure the entire video renders simply do not have it ticked.

Once you are certain you have told it where to save and what name, as well as giving it the correct setting and have not got the box ticked, then simply click RENDER.

If you are having any worries rendering it is recommended that you watch the clip below.

  Listen to Mr Russell show you how to render a video

Maybe you could use Funny Movie Maker for a play script

Examples of Infographics

Where to get Clipart for your Infographic

Once you've created your infographic, save it as a jpeg.