Wikiversity:Wikiversity the Movie/Script

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Participants in this project create the script for Wikiversity the Movie.



Participants "learn by doing" as they produce the script.

Wikiversity has adopted the "learning by doing" model for education. Lessons should center on learning activities for Wikiversity participants. Learning materials and learning projects can be used by multiple projects. Cooperate with other departments that use the same learning resource.

Learning materials and learning projects are located in the main Wikiversity namespace. Simply make a link to the name of the lesson (lessons are independent pages in the main namespace) and start writing!


  • Activity 1.
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one idea


Here is my idea, you start off with a laptop that has a lesson on it from Wikiversty.You have the Wikiversity boss talking on a video. The camera flows farther into the screen until it covers your viewing screen. Here, the Wikiversity boss will explain the Wikiversity Mission Statement. In the background it will show middle age students working on Wikiversity (their backs will be to the camera). Then the Wikiversity boss will go out of the screen but it will feel like your looking at the set through his eyes. The camera will travel up to a Wikiversity student and the boss will continue to talk. The boss is now explaining the tools of Wikiversity which will include some of the best Wikiversity content and material. Then when the boss finishes explaining and draws a conclusion to the subject, the Wikiversity logo and slogan will come on a black background. Below I will include a script.

Script: Hi, my name is ? and I'm going to show you a new website dedicated to helping you through college. It's called Wikiversity. We offer------------------? The format is easy to read and is perfect for any questions you have. It is entirely open source and you can gain insight from other students around the world. It's a revolution in education. Wikipedia.(slogan is read also) Notes: When slogan is chosen and somebody comes up with a mission statement and an exact definition of what Wikiversity is we can edit this further,but for now this is our rough draft

This could be developed as a short segment specifically of interest to college students. Currently, I think this is our main audience in that most of our contributors probably are college students. However, Wikiversity aims to include learning resources for learners of all ages. --JWSchmidt 00:36, 17 December 2006 (UTC)[reply]

theme for video to appeal to all ages


If there were a video to appeal to all ages what would you think it's theme should be?

We were talking about this on IRC freenode #wikiversity-en today. One option would be to put Wikiversity into the context of Wikipedia. Most people in education are now aware of Wikipedia. We could briefly describe Wikipedia and the origin of Wikiversity and the fundamental idea of using wiki technology to make and host learning resources. Other ideas at Wikiversity the Movie/Script outline. --JWSchmidt 20:25, 17 December 2006 (UTC)[reply]

I came up with several scripts. I like this one because it appeals to all ages. Please feel free to edit and add changes. The camera zooms into a computer that is showing pictures from certain subjects. Then the camera focuses on a family of three generations being awed by what they are seeing on Wikiversity. Then in the background the Wikiversity boss starts to speak(camera zooms in on him). He is by a computer. He starts to explain how Wikiversity works and its connection to Wikipedia. He shows the tools that you can use on Wikiversity, and talks about Wikiversity being a revolution in education. He shows that Wikiversity is for all ages. He concludes the movie by telling you where to find Wikiversity. The Wikiversity logo and motto comes on.

budget + where we would get a movie filmed


I was wondering where we would get a movie filmed, and at that point how much cost would we be thinking about? Also, what kind of budget do we have to work with?

Wikiversity the Movie/Live action is one option. It has also been suggested that everything could be computer-generated. There is no budget. What about volunteers all filming their own segments. No budget needed, assuming everyone can get their hands on a camcorder.

time frame: Jan. 30 2007 + advertisement


Let's set a goal for this video project. Let's get this done by Jan. 30.

Where will we advertise this advertisement? I'm thinking places like the History Channel, Discovery Channel, etc., etc. I'm thinking that knowledge related channels would be more appropriate because they get things to an audience that have a real love for knowldedge. There are nobody would watch the History channel if they didn't love history. Same way with the Discovery Channel. I was thinking, do we get any money from Wikipedia's fundraiser? If we do than some of that money could go towards the video. I'll look into prices for filming three minutes worth of documentry. I'm saying this because we need to get this done quick so we can reach to the public more easily. The only people who are seeing it are people at the Wikipedia site that just happen to scroll down and catch some intrest in the sister projects and then decide that Wikiversity looks intresting. Even some of that audience won't contribute. That's leaving a very small group of people involved with Wikiversity, let alone the people that contribute to lessons. We are going to have to launch a very good advertisement campaign and get into magazines for the public eye to see. We also need to advertise on college websites. The internet is a powerful tool to use for advertisement. I think we could generate a lot more intrest if instead of having Wikipedia as a centerpiece when you type in into your address bar they should put Meta- Wiki in the center with the languages around it and then the next page you go to would be all the projects instead of just Wikipedia. Then we would get a lot of recognition from knowledge intrested students. We need to advertise where at least %90 of the receiving end might develop an interest in Wikiversity. It would be a lot of money but I think we could have a more successful job getting our feet off the ground if we used some proved advertisement tools. I'm a little iffy on the computer generated stuff just because you want to keep a since of realism with your audience. Please add your suggestions, and criticisms. Remember that the deadline is January30.

I suggest that we start with a simple goal and plan to have something that will introduce people to the project even if it is "only" the thousands of people who come to the Wikiversity main page. The spirit of the Wikiversity the Movie learning project is for participants to learn how use tools such as GarageBand and webcasting in order to make a multimedia presentation about Wikiversity. If we can produce a good "product" there will be no need for paid advertising. We should be thinking in the context of the Free Culture movement. --JWSchmidt 18:49, 28 December 2006 (UTC)[reply]

Okay, how about as soon as you see the Wikiversity page the video plays. Just like if you go on the commercials pop out. I think that you are right to start with something simple. There are thousands of people coming to the Wikiversity main page. You do have to take into consideration that they might not go to any other parts of Wikiversity. I think that if a video played as soon as you got to the website that people would stay longer and generate an intrest. Since you are the authority I think you need to be in the video. We could use a street corner in the city. You could be standing by a stool with a laptop that has Wikiversity's main page displayed on it. All this could be done by you and a friend. I'll write a script, you can edit it, and you can post it on Wikiversity. You could incorporate my other scripts into this. Please get someone else to do something with garage band I'm not good with things like that. If you don't mind I'll create my own video and you could tweak yours. Do you think that my deadline is fair? Didn't mean to be offensive on my last paragraph.

Wikiversity was launched on August 15, 2006 and we are in a 6 month "beta testing" period during which we are setting up the project. I would like to have a version of "Wikiversity the Movie" ready by the end of this month.
The only way I know to have automatic video when a Wikiversity page opens is to use an animated gif as is done here. This is not a very good option and we are waiting until the developers to provide us with a better option for video. I guess we could have an animated gif to draw people's attention to a link for the full "movie". Basically, people are going to have to download the movie and watch it, either on their PC, or they could download a version that they could burn to a DVD and then watch on TV.
I have no objection to including live action in the movie. I do not have a digital video camera. We could write a short script for a student who would be shown using a PC to "surf" to Wikiversity. We could then post a call for someone with a digital video camera to record the scene. I think most of the "movie" could be done using a video podcast or "screencast" format that does not rely on live actors...after all, the "star" of the show is the Wikiversity website. --JWSchmidt 18:31, 3 January 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Okay, I do have a digital video camera. I think that we should assign tasks to volunteers: 1. Make a script 2. Edit the Script 3. Script movements 4. Make actual movie( I would be open to doing this)5. Getting it onto the page. I think that by doing these task we could be able to finish this by the end of January. I am willing to do all these tasks if necessary. This would be an attractive advertising format. We could mention at the end that it was a team project undertaken by student on Wikiversity. I would have to send the video to you in an e- mail since I do not know how to attach a clip on Wikiversity.

I put an expanded outline at Wikiversity the Movie/Script outline. Please comment on that outline and indicate where you would like to insert the live-action scene showing someone using a PC to access Wikiversity. Have you ever off-loaded digital video from your camera to a PC? What type of file do you end up with? --JWSchmidt 02:17, 4 January 2007 (UTC)[reply]

I decided to place the live action at part b. I have to programs that would edit our movie: windows movie maker and studio 9. I can get some teens to play in the video to be the actor and maybe the narrator. 24 days till our deadline. I'll elaborate on these topics later.

OKAY. --JWSchmidt 22:21, 10 January 2007 (UTC)[reply]

What next?