Our clean energy show & tell
Help the planet Enter the competition! Teachers, find out what you can do with your students!

How to make a video

Plan your video, then get out and film it


Please note, PowerPoints using images that could potentially be subject to copyright cannot be accepted as part of the video competition and students are encouraged to create their own props, models, sets, music etc.

It can be as simple or as elaborate as the student desires and puts the spotlight on self-sufficiency and individual creativity. 

1.    Come up with an idea

2.    Planning and rubric

  • What will be the message?
  • Who will do what - accountability

3.    Storyboarding/Scripting

  • Sketch out scenes that the video project will have
  • Indicate visuals and audio
  • Write a script

4.    Sets/Props and Costumes

  • Planning the setting for the shoot
  • Making sure there is enough light and free of background noise
  • Creating sets, props and costumes

5.    Practicing lines

  • Create cue cards if needed

6.    Production - SHOOT, SHOOT, SHOOT

  • Use a mobile phone, video camera, computer, ipod, ipad2


7.    Editing and post production

  • Use editing software to:
  1. Put the scenes togethe
  2. Add music, edit sound (be sure to use music not restricted by copyright
  3. Add special effects
  4. Add credits

8.    Sharing

  • Peer review in the classroom
  • Community Show & Tell (small amounts of funding are available for a limited number of schools if you would like to host a community 'Show & Tell' to showcase the students work for your school community
  • Students can send a link to their video to friends and family from the Future Sparks website.

9.    Entering the competition

  • Upload videos to the futuresparks.org.au website before 5.00pm Monday 16 July.
  • Take note of the computer generated Video ID number for each entry (this will be emailed to each entrant)
  • Download, complete and POST the Parental Consent form, which MUST include the Video ID number

Look out for the People's Choice vote from Monday 23 July to Sunday 28 July.

The national awards ceremony will be live streamed from Brisbane during Science Week (11 - 18 August: exact date to be confirmed)

Here's a wonderful explanation of climate change made by students of Middlebury College.

It is a great example of the sort of video production values we would like to encourage - using student made props and visuals.

It is obviously too long for Future Sparks being over 5 minutes, and it is quite complex in its content and its construction but we hope it will give you some guidance.

Simple Science of Climate Change for Kids video

We hope to post some other exemplars very soon.


Kids Vid: Video Production for Kids - which has a great online storyboard creation tool

12 Ways to Create Videos without a camera or software
Free Technology for Teachers including Animoto and Masher which are both free.

This website also has information about copyright and creative commons..

If you get enthusiastic about video, check out the Australian Teachers of Media website for all of the latest news.

Other useful links to explore:

Media Literacy Clearinghouse

Seven Videos All Educator Should Watch

Kids Tube hosts content produced by kids and content about kids, to help encourage students to develop their video production skills.

47 Alternatives to using YouTube in the classroom

The Competition
The competition

We asked Australian students to make a video or convince us in writing about their BIG ideas for a sustainable energy future.

Check out the fantastic videos we received, all about sustainable energy solutions!

For teachers

Explore the fascinating science edging us closer to low carbon living. This fun, flexible project includes easy-to-use ICT, oodles of resources and FREE lesson plans from CSIRO Education.

Links to Australian curriculum, plus NAPLAN rehearsal.

Find out more
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