Video storytelling styles – 5th grade

5th graders,

As you think about how you are going to tell your Capstone story, one tool you might use is video.

The most common use of video is iMovie. But iMovie is just a tool to tell a story. It’s not that you use iMovie, but how you use iMovie that matters.

One of the best things to do when thinking about how to tell your story with video is to watch others, to see examples. Some of the best examples of video story telling are 60 Minutes and Real Sports with Bryant Gumble. These are two “news magazine” shows that combine research, interviews, and sites visits into short stories that tell compelling stories.

If you are planning on using video in your Capstone project it is highly recommended you use your own device. iMovie files are not able to be shared and when making a movie you need to use the exact same computer every time. The school computer you have access too might not always be available to you when you need it. iMovie can be used on iPhones, iPads and MacBooks.
You can also use WeVideo to make a movie through Chrome

Your Capstone project is a compelling story, here are some examples to get you started:

60 Minutes

Elon Musk – Tesla

Steve Job



Real Sports with Bryant Gumble

Phil Jackson

Miami Marlins Stadium

Things to keep an eye out for


  • Introductions
  • Interviews
  • Narration
  • Clips of locations (site visits)
  • Overlap of clips (audio from an interview with visuals of something other than the person talking)
  • The mixing of elements
  • The various pieces that fit together to tell the story


Before you begin


Once you have your script and storyboard, then you can begin to create your Capstone video…

Happy editing!


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