Students' first task? Setting up the camera.
Before shooting, even before building their set, your students should decide whether to shoot with the camera (or iPad) facing down or across. The deciding factor? Gravity. If the characters need to fly, swim or jump over a building, shooting down is preferable. Gravity holds your character to the background and you don't need to fuss with wires, string or fishing line. (All of which are visible and hard to control.) If your characters need to simply walk around, shooting across is a simple thing to do. Take a look at what I mean in this video. And, if you want to build your own iPad stand for shooting down, the clip on the right will show you how.5