I’ve been checking out Xtranormal for a long time now and think it’s a great way to introduce scripting, digital storytelling and film making to students.
As the website says, “if you can type, you can make movies…”
By selecting a collection and then characters, begin typing and away you go. Being able to select camera angles is a bonus.
As the website says
Xtranormal.com is a web-site powered by Xtranormal’s text-to-movie™ platform—a web-based application used to create short 3D animated movies from simple text-based movie-scripts. The characters in the movie speak the dialogue in the script, and react to performance triggers—icons that are dropped directly into the script, just like smileys in IM/chat. Movies can be shared through e-mail, blogs and online video sharing and social networking sites such as YouTube™, MySpace™ and Facebook™.
I’m thinking of using it for library orientation and as a fun way to introduce professional learning to teachers.