There were many things to prep, like:
- picking music that appeals to all and is appropriate for a middle school setting---this is actually a difficult thing, listen to the words in Top40 songs!
- creating a map of the locations to film
- deciding on the direction of the path and the singers
- scheduling the dates of the filming
- organizing groups to participate
- making props, design, choreography
- placing groups in areas of the school
- choosing kids to "sing"
- plenty of detail organizing emails
- recruiting kids to help film and plan
- mixing the music
- syncing video to audio
- etc. etc.
In the end, we had a great time planning, organizing, filming, and creating! It was definitely a team building activity. I think if we had one more day to film we would have gotten the kinks out and produced a higher quality video.
One problem was rolling the cart with camera tripod on carpet, it wasn't a smooth surface and when we traveled too fast, the footage was blurry. We also had issues with thresholds, and we have a lot of uneven surfaces that made for shaky video. Perhaps a better camera would have resulted in better quality film.
We used the Canon VIXIA HF R300 HD. Some have suggested a GoPro camera, considering that it comes with stabilizing software, it may have been a better choice. I did use the stabilizing software in Movie Maker.