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Workshop: Minecraft Masters

Length of workshop: 2 day

Overview:Create your world in Minecraft, then step into it using green screen tech.

If you love Minecraft, and you love sharing your creativity, then this workshop is just for you!

Using iPads as a movie making device, green screen technology and your unique Minecraft world, learn the basics to get your started as a YouTube star.

What You’ll Learn

Minecraft and filmmaking come together to form this innovative and engaging workshop. Collaborate with friends using iPads and create your ultimate Minecraft. You’ll then use the latest green screen technologies to create your Minecraft movie and YouTube tutorial. This workshop will free your imagination and give you all the technical skills necessary to become a Master ‘Minecraft-Movie Maker. Share your work with family and friends!

Please note: that students enrolling for Minecraft Masters must be able to bring along a tablet device for use during the workshop.

Participants will:

  • Understand the purpose of a tutorial and turn their interest into education and entertainment
  • Communicate and combine different ideas within a group in order to produce a mutually agreed outcome
  • Learn to utilise features of Minecraft in order to produce an engaging tutorial
  • Structure a tutorial and use language and vocal techniques necessary to engage and communicate to an intended audience
  • Critically reflect on tutorials and make changes as needed
  • Learn and apply green screen technology in imaginary and creative ways
  • Use performance to convey character and story
  • Understand and apply basic filmmaking techniques: Sound, framing, lighting, editing by using iPads and accessories
  • Apply script writing techniques and their knowledge of Minecraft to create a Minecraft news story

Day 1 – Session 1

Introducing Minecraft Tutorial

WHAT:

Introducing the concept of  making a Minecraft tutorial with a FUN exercise

HOW:

OVERVIEW: The day and what they will achieve:

  • Making a Minecraft tutorial
  • Tower game
  • Decide, as a group, what their tutorial will be and make it
  • Learn the process of creating tutorials on iPads for their creation
  • Storyboard it
  • Do it
  • Edit it and show it!

FIRST: Show what a good short tutorial looks like use – Example 1: Tutorial on making “crystal sword.” (on workshop iPad Video library or Vimeo link) Tutorial eg: diamond sword

EXPLAIN: How the voice over is clear and to the point. He projects his voice and is continually telling the audience what he is doing at the time he is doing it.

DEMONSTRATE: a FUN example of a monotone read as opposed to a dynamic and interesting read. Use an iPad to record yourself and play it back. (See the Coach example tutorial script). Build a simple “wall” in Minecraft as you read it. In the monotone read, have pauses with little expression. The dynamic read should bring character and fun. Go wild with it!.

ASK: participants which read they prefer and why? Good discussion points

SHOW:  The A3 storyboard template handout and BRIEFLY take the students through how to fill it in with their idea for a tutorial. Younger students can draw. They can do a tutorial on:

  • Building something
  • discovering something in their world.
  • a cheat or new way of doing something.

EXPLAIN: That the storyboard/script is their roadmap. So when they start the tutorial they will know where they are going and how they will get to the end. Where the exciting bits are, where they will need to slow down or speed up, be funny or serious. But before they do, they will have to decide or create what they want to show.

BREAKOUT EXERCISE: (see Coach handout “Speed Tower” for detailed instructions ): Quick Minecraft fun before they do more serious ideation and storyboard work: In their Minecraft groups, students must collaborate to create a tower  (starting in a flat world) only using 4 different materials. 5 mins to complete and each member of the group has equal time building. eg: 3 members, 1.5min each. They must say what they are doing while building (even if it is “mumbo jumbo”). Towers will be shown to the entire group at the end on the big screen using airplay. 

WHY:

  • Students understand what  tutorials are and how to make them interesting for an audience to watch
  • Structuring a tutorial and using language and vocal techniques necessary to engage an intended audience
  • BREAKOUT EXERCISE will keep  kids engaged and provide an energy boost in between the more cognitive work of storyboard/script creation.
  • APPLE TV for mirroring OR HDMI connection to computer or iPAD
  • A3 paper
  • Scripting Handout
  • iPad / PER GROUP
  • iPad allocation sheet

Head Coach:

  • to lead tutorial and keep on schedule
  • have videos ready to play and tech ready to demonstrate
  • give stars for good listeners and collaborators

Coach:

  • canvas any older students who would like to demonstrate creating something quick in minecraft.
  • Be ready to assist head coach at anytime during the tutorial
  • When breaking into groups, take down names of groups on ipad allocation sheet
  • give stars for good listeners and contributors to the conversation

The groups chosen are a central and important part of the workshop.

Groups should be broken into 3 (4 maximum) and these are the elements you need to consider:

  • Put friends together
  • Age
  • Mix

*** Important note on how to make sure groups are collaborating – The 4 minute change rule! (See scripting handout)

Creating tutorials with iPads

WHAT:

How we’ll create our Tutorials using iPads

HOW:

SHOW – EXAMPLE 2: a tutorial made from a previous Minecraft Masters

  • Play example (from iPad or Computer) Example Tutorial – good, clear instructions
  • Note how they share the VO and explain their individual part of Minecraft.

DEMONSTRATE: The process of creating a very short voice over tutorial on an iPad (see training video)

  • Get a volunteer from the audience (usually an older child and make sure you ave briefed them beforehand) to show the audience how to create something very short and simple in Minecraft.
  • Record it on the iPad as the student creates his Minecraft model.
  • Make sure the participants are watching the screen and following what you do. 

ASK: any questions from the participants. making sure they have understood.

INSTRUCT: Groups to go away and

  1. Build what they want to do their tutorial on. (30 mins)
  2. Start storyboarding how they will do their tutorial

WHY:

  • practice consensus in deciding on what they will build
  • Structuring a tutorial and using language and vocal techniques necessary to engage an intended audience
  • Learn to utilise features of Minecraft in order to produce an engaging tutorial
  • Apple TV or HDMI (with adapter) to TV
  • Computer
  • iPad / PER GROUP
  • iPad allocation sheet

Head Coach:

  • to lead tutorial

  • Call out 1 member from each group at a time to collect iPad.  Only when each group has a name and is  sitting quietly and ready to go. 

  • Allocate a station within the roiom for each group.

Coach:

  • Have ipads prepared and ready to hand out
  • contribute where possible
  • give stars for good listeners and contributors to the conversation

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Day 1 – Session 2

Tutorial Scripts

WHAT:

Create Scripts & record Tutorials.

HOW:

When ready with iPad and script. Group will record tutorial on computer. Recording iPad vision and sound using quicktime.screen recording iPad using Macbook and quicktime screen recording iPad using Macbook and quicktime

The format for the tutorial should be:

  1. Introduce yourself. “Hi there my name is …..”
  2. Announce what you’re going to show: “Today, I’m going to show you..”
  3. Show: “you need to do this…….and………then……..
  4. Conclude: …”Now I’ll pass it onto ………or That’s how you do it. Etc etc.

Once recorded to the computer, airdrop clips back onto iPad for the group to edit the tutorial in iMovie, creating transitions and effects if needed.

WHY:

Students communicate and combine different ideas within a group in order to produce a mutually agreed outcome

  • A3 paper
  • iPad / PER GROUP
  • iPad allocation sheet

Head Coach:

  • Lead tutorial 

Coach:

  • Assist and give stars to participants where possible for good listening etc
  • Make sure the iPad allocations sheets are used to record group name and iPad number so work is not lost or mixed up throughout the workshop
  • We use the 4 minute rule to guard against 1 group member hogging the iPad and creating tension.

Day 1 – Session 3

Finishing Tutorials

WHAT:

  • Groups finish their Minecraft Tutorials

HOW:

  • Groups finish off their tutorials and work with Coaches to record onto the Macs and use iMovie to edit together.

WHY:

  • Students Understand how to use iMovie to put their Tutorials together
  • iPad / PER GROUP
  • iPad allocation sheet

Head Coach:

  • Lead tutorial 

  • Float and assist students in completing the task

Coach:

  • Float and assist students in completing the task

Some groups will take longer than others – especially some younger ones.

Introducing Tiles

WHAT:

Different groups will finish at different times, therefore at about lunchtime, we introduce the ability to make Titles via Intromate.

HOW:

Intromate tutorial will be presented to the group using a prior example of a tutorial

WHY:

Students Understand how to use iMovie to put their Tutorials together

  • Prior example of tutorial.
    Intromate
  • iPad / PER GROUP
  • iPad allocation sheet

Head Coach:

  • Lead tutorial 

  • Float and assist students in completing the task

Coach:

  • Float and assist students in completing the task

To be added later

Show Tutorials

WHAT:

Critically reflect on tutorials and make changes as needed

HOW:

Each group who have finished show their tutorials.

WHY:

Students are able to reflect on their tutorials collaboratively

  • iPad / PER GROUP
  • iPad allocation sheet

Head Coach:

  • Lead tutorial 

  • Float and assist students in completing the task

Coach:

  • Float and assist students in completing the task

To be added later

Day 2 – Session 1

Finishing tutorials

WHAT:

Students Understand how to use iMovie to put their Tutorials together

HOW:

  • Groups finish off their tutorials
  • Groups work with Coaches to record onto the Macs
  • Use iMovie to edit together.

WHY:

Structuring a tutorial and using language and vocal techniques necessary to engage an intended audience

  • Apple TV or HDMI (with adapter) to TV
  • Computer
  • iMovie app
  • iPad / PER GROUP
  • iPad allocation sheet

Head Coach:

  • to lead tutorial 
  • assist groups with editing
  • assist groups with recording their tutorials

Coach:

  • assist groups with editing
  • assist groups with recording their tutorials
  • give stars for good listeners and contributors to the conversation

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Introduction to News Story

WHAT:

Once students have completed their tutorial the next exercise is creating their Minecraft News Story.

HOW:

Explain to the group (especially the younger ones) that a TV news story (they’ll know news from school talks) has a structure which helps people watching follow along to what they story is and how it’s happened etc. It involves a presenter (host), a reporter and an eyewitness who tell the story with a beginning, middle and end.

  1. Show an example or two of a story from previous Minecraft workshops.
  2. Point out the structure and the characters
  3. Also explain how they have used Green Screen to provide the background for each scene.

So, what you will do in your groups is this:

  1. Decide on what your story will be:
  2. Create your world in which the story takes place
  3. Take screenshots of the appropriate backgrounds for your story (like in the examples)

WHY:

Apply script templates to create a Minecraft news story.

Communicate and combine different ideas within a group in order to produce a mutually agreed outcome

  • Apple TV or HDMI (with adapter) to TV
  • Computer
  • iMovie app
  • iPad / PER GROUP
  • iPad allocation sheet

Video example of news story 1. Example of Minecraft News – Tsunami

2. Example News Story – Herobrine Fails

Head Coach:

  • to lead tutorial 
  • assist groups with task

Coach:

  • assist groups with task
  • give stars for good listeners and contributors to the conversation

to be added

Green Screen Tutorial

WHAT:

Introduction to Veescope green screen app

HOW:

  • Show how to create a good key
  • Show how to import a background from Minecraft
  • Show how to position the camera for best angle and composition (eye-level)
  • Show how mic works and the importance of good sound.


WHY:

Learn and apply green screen technology in imaginary and creative ways

Use iPad and accessories as a camera to film a news program

  • Apple TV or HDMI (with adapter) to TV
  • Computer
  • iMovie app
  • iPad / PER GROUP
  • iPad allocation sheet
  • Green Screen / PER 1 or 2 GROUPS

Head Coach:

  • to lead tutorial 
  • assist groups with task

Coach:

  • assist groups with task
  • give stars for good listeners and contributors to the conversation

Green Screen Set up.
Have iPad mirroring to monitor/projector screen. There will be one main set with lights and Mic and another “Flip out” green screen set. How many students will determine how many sets

On Set Crew

WHAT:

Example of working on the set as a crew

HOW:

Go through the process of working as a crew onset.

  • Invite a volunteer to be camera-person (explain when they must start recording ie: pre-roll and post roll for editing)
  • Invite the rest of volunteers group to be director and sound.
  • Show the crew process:
    – Director: “Quiet On set” “Standing By.”
    – Sound Recordist: “Sound speed.”
    – Camera: “Camera’s rolling”
    – Director: Action in 3 (on voice), 2 and 1 (sotto voce)

Ok, now off you go and create your Minecraft news stories: Hand out templates and pens to write with


WHY:

Understand and apply basic filmmaking techniques: Sound, framing and lighting

  • Apple TV or HDMI (with adapter) to TV
  • Computer
  • iMovie app
  • iPad / PER GROUP
  • iPad allocation sheet
  • Green Screen / PER 1 or 2 GROUPS
  • Set of Crew cards

Head Coach:

  • to lead tutorial 
  • assist groups with task

Coach:

  • assist groups with task
  • give stars for good listeners and contributors to the conversation

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Day 2 – Session 2

Create News Story

WHAT:

Create Minecraft News Stories

HOW:

Groups create their news stories and work with Coaches to record on iPads.

WHY:

Communicate and combine different ideas within a group in order to produce a mutually agreed outcome

  • Apple TV or HDMI (with adapter) to TV
  • Computer
  • iMovie app
  • iPad / PER GROUP
  • iPad allocation sheet

Video example of news story 1. Example of Minecraft News – Tsunami

2. Example News Story – Herobrine Fails

Head Coach:

  • to lead tutorial 
  • assist groups with task

Coach:

  • assist groups with task
  • give stars for good listeners and contributors to the conversation

Managing Groups:
It’s important in this workshop to keep the groups who have either a) completed the task first or b) are waiting to complete their task, engaged: Here are some tips to keep those groups engaged who have completed:

  1. Get them to do titles in intromate
    Challenge them to come up with another story
  2. Give them the next exercise – perhaps a trailer

Tips for those waiting:

a) Is your storey the best it can be
b) Can you rehearse again and perhaps find something to add or take out??

(Use the Green screen table below to allocate which groups get use which green screen. We can have up to 4 green screen running at a time)

Day 2 – Session 3

Finsh News Story

WHAT:

Groups finish off their Minecraft News Stories

HOW:

Groups create their news stories and work with Coaches to record on iPads.

WHY:

Communicate and combine different ideas within a group in order to produce a mutually agreed outcome

  • Apple TV or HDMI (with adapter) to TV
  • Computer
  • iMovie app
  • iPad / PER GROUP
  • iPad allocation sheet

Video example of news story 1. Example of Minecraft News – Tsunami

2. Example News Story – Herobrine Fails

Head Coach:

  • to lead tutorial 
  • assist groups with task

Coach:

  • assist groups with task
  • give stars for good listeners and contributors to the conversation

Managing Groups:
It’s important in this workshop to keep the groups who have either a) completed the task first or b) are waiting to complete their task, engaged: Here are some tips to keep those groups engaged who have completed:

  1. Get them to do titles in intromate
    Challenge them to come up with another story
  2. Give them the next exercise – perhaps a trailer

Tips for those waiting:

a) Is your storey the best it can be
b) Can you rehearse again and perhaps find something to add or take out??

(Use the Green screen table below to allocate which groups get use which green screen. We can have up to 4 green screen running at a time)

Showcase News Story

WHAT:

Each group to showcase their news story to the group (and parents)

HOW:

Show on the big screen or monitor via the Apple TV mirroring function.

Watch News stories and review

WHY:

To be inspired by what they can create

  • Apple TV or HDMI (with adapter) to TV
  • Computer
  • iMovie app
  • iPad / PER GROUP
  • iPad allocation sheet

Video example of news story 1. Example of Minecraft News – Tsunami

2. Example News Story – Herobrine Fails

Head Coach:

  • to lead tutorial 
  • set up big screen for viewing

Coach:

  • assist with room set up (chairs for parents) and manage students
  • give stars for good listeners and contributors to the conversation

Managing Groups:
It’s important in this workshop to keep the groups who have either a) completed the task first or b) are waiting to complete their task, engaged: Here are some tips to keep those groups engaged who have completed:

  1. Get them to do titles in intromate
    Challenge them to come up with another story
  2. Give them the next exercise – perhaps a trailer

Tips for those waiting:

a) Is your storey the best it can be
b) Can you rehearse again and perhaps find something to add or take out??

(Use the Green screen table below to allocate which groups get use which green screen. We can have up to 4 green screen running at a time)