So I made four (4) lists: characters, emotions, storylines, and musics. Student groups would be given a random character and emotion, they could choose which storyline to use, and the music would be picked at random when it was time to show them. Here are the lists:
Characters - little slips of paper drawn from a bag
- new student
- first day
- funky old school
The random character/emotion assignments forced students to be more creative. The story options allowed students to feel like they had freedom. I tried to make them think about the audience - what they would understand and what they wouldn't just from the performances and camera angles. The music is a fun way to show how much of an impact music has on video. When time allowed, I'd even watch the same movie with different music, to show it even more. Enjoy.