Xtranormal haspopped up in bookmarks and blogs for a couple of weeks and I have finally got round to having a look at it and I love it!
Xtranormal is movie making with cartoon characters but what makes this site stand out is the way in which you create the movie. First you type in a script and then to that script you add the details such as actions, expressions, camera angle for filming, background and sound. There are a range of voices to choose from plus background music.
I originally sat down at my computer to think about creating a few podcasts for grammar and ended up creating this rather rushed film
What I particularly like about this site is the fact that you can remix other people’s film.
If this wonderful site will pass through your school filtering system it has a wide range of uses. In literacy it could be used to write a speech thinking about the actions and what angle you should be filmed from when saying particular things. It can obviously be used for playscripts and to rehearse persuasive discussions with two points of view.
It can also support the development of character in story writing. Children can make a short film of the character speaking shwoing through actions and expressions how the character is feeling. This can then be turned into writing which shows not tells.
Now to the work I should have been doing!