Silent Night.

Lately I’ve been watching a lot of movies and on my scroll through the offer I discovered Hugo. This movie takes you on an experience about love for the magic of cinema.

Intrigued by the different genres, I went back to some of the early formats and stumbled upon silent movie.

As an educator I see great potential in this genre for learners. Specifically when we combine the visual part with the writing. The Everyone Can Create guide about video spends a whole chapter on silent movie.

Inspired by the options I created my own story using Clips.

Adding posters turns this visual activity into a writing assignment in no time.

Kurt Klynen

The Steps.

Here is my story:

Open Clips and tap on the box in the upper left hand corner.

After that, tap on the plus sign to start a new project.

The first step for our recording is an introduction. For this tap on Poster and select a graphic that resonates with you.

Once you have found something you love, double tap on the text to write the title.

When you are done, it’s time to record this. I usually record for about three to four seconds. Learn more about shooting video with the Everyone Can Create Video guide. You can find this at the bottom of this post.

Now go ahead and tap on the big red button to record.

For the next part of the activity we are adding our video.

Tap on Camera and shoot the video that you need. Use the red button. No worries if your clips are not in the correct order, we can change this afterwards by rearranging the video blocks below in the timeline.

TIP: While recording swipe up on the red button to keep recording without having to press the button.

Because this is a silent movie, you might want to add a dramatic mono filter effect to it.  Tap on the video and then on the Effects button.

In the Filters section select the effect you like.

TIP: The Silent Movie app will give you that even more dramatic cinema effect.

For the final part record some poster sections with text in it. I’ve used the silent movie poster for this one.

TIP: To speed this process up, have the learners write a storyboard first. You can find some templates here.

Then reorganize your video clips if necessary.

Before exporting you might want to add some music to it. To do this, tap on the music note at the upper right hand corner.

Select a song and apply it.

Preview your video.

TIP: Do a final check on the audio by tapping on all the clips and making sure that they are muted.

When you are satisfied with the end result, tap on the share button at the bottom right corner and select Save Video.

Going Further.

You can take your video even further by importing it in iMovie and adding all kinds of titles, effects, and more.

If you are inspired to try this yourself, have a look at the resources I used:


Everyone Can Create: Video

Everyone Can Create: Teacher Guide

Short Film in Clips


Have fun!