Movie Magic.

Continuing on the #EveryoneCanCreate campaign by Apple, I wanted to use my iPad to explore creativity through movie making. I’ve always been attracted to visuals and the magic of the big screen, so I decide to dive in.

We’ll start by brainstorming ideas using shapes in Keynote and connecting them as a mind map.


Then we move on to storyboarding. I didn’t include this step in my first tries with students and I’ve learned the hard way that it is essential in keeping peace between your young film editors. It will also guide you to a final project and start a feedback dialog with the directors of these blockbusters.

I remembered that Pages and Keynote had these handy storyboarding templates, but after opening them up I quickly realized that these were gone. No worries, because after creating the comic book template I’m now in a flow.

Spoiler alert: If you are so excited now and you can’t wait to read the next part of the story, the links to the templates are down below.

I wanted to use my iPad to explore creativity through movie making.

Kurt Klynen


I looked around, got inspired and created one for Pages. You can now sketch the storyboard out, write your notes next to it and add the music or sounds effects. Secondly there is one for Keynote, which I must admit I use more. Especially because the Light Table view in Keynote that gives me a clearer overview of the story in a blink of an eye.

TIP: Learning from your feedback on the previous template, I’ve also included predefined media placeholders. These will let you import photos or even videos directly into your storyboard.

Download the files here:

Pages storyboard template

Keynote storyboard template

Next Steps.

Now that the story is there, we can move on to practicing some basic camera techniques and shooting footage using the iPad. We finish by creating a professional movie with iMovie.

Looking forward to seeing what you can do with them in your classroom.

Have fun!