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Horror Movie Project Tools and Standards

Horror Movie Project Tools and Standards

Author: Tina LeBaron

The 'why' of why I designed the horror movie lesson the way I did. Hopefully it gives you some incite and helps you design your own lessons when guiding your education!

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How to Edit Your Horror Movie On Premiere Pro

Quick Video Introducing Premiere Pro for editing together a mini horror movie. Includes
- File Management (as always!)
- Premiere Pro Windows
- Mark In and Out
- Selection and Razor Blade
- Adding Video Effects
- Linking and Unlinking
- Speed/Duration Adjustment
- Finding Freelance Sound
- Exporting to H.264

Horror Movie Mini Lesson

Mini Horror Movie

Either in your own or in a group of 4-6 to develop a plan on how to create a Mini Horror Movie (30 seconds - 2 minutes). Begin by creating a storyboard showing a traditional 3 act structure, and put a twist in to surprise the audience. If it's dialogue heavy, create a script to help your actors. This film should be school appropriate and can include any subgenres such as:

  1. Horror Comedy
  2. Thriller
  3. Suspense
  4. Parody

If you are working in a group, design a Gantt Chart (video coming soon) so that you can see everyone's schedule on one document. Create a rubric for the project, requirements being that it contains the teachers “must have” list if they worked on that aspect and equal 100 points total. Categories with stars must be on everyone’s rubric since they worked on the story together.


  • Adhered to storyboard or can explain why changes enhanced the story*
  • 3 Act Structure*
  • Included Twist*
  • Consistency*
  • Variety of Shot types
  • Framing complimented story
  • Focus
  • Lighting
  • Audio Levels
  • Timing
  • Credits w proper sourcing
  • Special Effects

I tend to recommend students film with a DSLR to do lens effects, but use the camera of your choice. Even a cellphone works if it makes the difference between you making a movie and not making one! 

Import the footage using Premiere Pro or Davinci Resolve. See the included video on instructions on how to use Premiere (which I'd prefer if you have it since it is more of an industry standard)

Good luck and send me any questions!