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Planning a Movie > Deciding What Your Movie Will Be - Pg. 104

iMovie: The Swiss Army Knife of Digital Video Software 104 Planning a Movie In a cruel twist of irony, while planning your movie is the most important step in the whole process, I don't have room in this chapter to give it even a basic treat ment (this chapter is about using iMovie rather than making movies). I have room only to tell you that planning should be done and to explain how to prepare an iMovie project. If you are serious about making movies, you should learn more about the planning tasks associated with the movie-making process. NOTE If you want to learn more about making movies with iMovie, including planning them, see my book The Complete Idiot's Guide to iMovie 2 . Deciding What Your Movie Will Be There are two general kinds of movies you will make: spontaneous or scripted. In spontaneous movies, you usually have a set of clips that you have captured with a camcorder, and you want to make a movie from those clips. In scripted movies, you actually have a script that controls the contents of the movie, by defining what happens on the screen, who says what, and so on. Creating a scripted movie is not what most people do with iMovie, so I'll focus on spontaneous movies. Most of the time, you will be using iMovie to create a movie from video that you have taken at some event, but some of the best movies can be made from video taken during those "everyday" moments that we all take for granted. While the contents of the video you capture might not be "known" before you capture it, your movie's contents should be known before you crank up iMovie and start building the movie in iMovie. Create a rough plan for your movie by doing the following steps.