The Web Native Film should critically and creatively explore a story. An example might be your local organic farm, or the work of an area charity. Work with your group to create a paragraph description of what you would like to work on over the summer.
Go to tumblr.com and create a new blog. Make sure that each group member has the ability to log in. Discuss and decide on a Tumblr template that you want to use. We suggest using tumblr for its ease of use (www.tumblr.com), but use whatever blogging platform makes you most comfortable. If you have an existing blog, feel free to use that. The supporting site should:
Tool: Your personal website, Tumblr, Wordpress, Blogger, etc.
Write a blog post on the week one guest speaker and initial thoughts on the project.
The "Robots In Everytown" template is meant to give an introduction to the concept of "procedural storytelling". The template allows you to change the maps, images and voices of the robots within the story. Discuss how these different user-generated options change the meaning and tone of the piece. Consider whether the video they create could be made in any medium other than the web. Why or why not?
Tool: Big Blue Button, Google Hangouts, Voxli, Skype, etc
Just hang out with your group and have a social hour over video chat. Try Google Hangouts or use Skype Conferencing. Or meet up in person for an hour. We'll do an informal report-back on your social hour next week (i.e., we'll ask you if it was fun :)
Spacebar allows you to Play and Pause the video playback. Using this shortcut will also update the timeline view if the playhead gets lost.
If you click an event and hold down SHIFT, then click another event, you can move both events on the timeline in sync using the arrow keys.
Using the up/down arrow keys allows you to move an event to a different track.
Click on an event and hit the delete key to remove it from the timeline.
You can’t change your template after you’ve started a project, so choose carefully. When you click “create,” your project will be created, and you’ll enter the editor view.
An event is a marker that says “do something” at a specific point in your film. To add an event to the timeline, you drag and drop the text from the My Events box to the Timeline! To delete an event from the Timeline, you click the event and hit the Delete key on your keyboard.
Popcorn has a great many plug-ins which allow you to pull events into your timeline. Because there are many plug-ins and templates, there are infinite variations and possibilities. No two Popcorn projects will be the same. But the authoring pattern is always the same: choose a plug-in, add it to the timeline, and configure the event.
A Popcorn project can have an infinite number of tracks. Tracks help you, the creator, organize events in the way that seems most logical to you. Maybe you want one track to visualize all the Twitter events. Or maybe you want one track to visualize all the cat-related events. It’s up to you. When you mouse over the name of a track, you’ll see an “X” to delete the track. In the track editor, you can see the code for the events that you’ve assigned to the track.
You can save your project, export the code of your project and/or publish your project to the WWW. In the upper right hand corner of the interface are buttons to accomplish these things. Just follow the on screen instructions and share your masterpieces with the world!
Here are some broad topics and sample questions you can use to to think about the work of your peers:
Add vintage titles, robots speaking, comic style speech bubbles and your own special brand of silly to make a mad lib.