Time Travel Vacation Video with Adobe Premiere Rush

Students create a short time travel vacation video to promote a famous period of history
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About This Strategy

In this 3.5-hour strategy, students will create a short time travel vacation video to promote a famous period of history. Students will find themselves hundreds of years in the future where vacations are no longer limited to the current time period. To promote this flourishing tourism industry, students create a short video to showcase a time travel vacation using Adobe Premiere Rush.

Because Adobe Rush enables you to create high quality and engaging videos, this strategy empowers you to focus on the power of video as a medium of communication in a deep and meaningful way. This strategy may be adapted for use with other Adobe products, such as Spark Video.

Supporting Tools and Resources

  • Student sample
  • Adobe Premiere Rush
  • Adobe Spark Video
  • Editable Resource Bundle
  • PDF Resource Bundle

Outline for Teachers

Learn.

Students choose a historical time period they have learned about. They watch this Rick Steves video about visiting Croatia to get a sense of how to tell a compelling travel story using these steps. Lower the stakes for students by making it clear that this is a professional video, and they are not expected to make a video that is at this level. (40 minutes). 

Evaluate. 

Students review and evaluate their time period and use the Cornell Notes template to organize their content into specific scenes described in the student steps here. (45 minutes). 

Create

Students write a script to narrate their vacation video. They can break it up into paragraphs for each scene to ensure that they record a clear and concise narrative free of errors, filler words, and unnecessary pauses. Students follow these steps, can follow this guidance, and can examine an example. (125 minutes). 

Share. 

Students publish and share their videos in small groups and evaluate them.

Steps for Students

In this 3.5-hour strategy, you will create a short time travel vacation video to promote a famous period of history using Adobe Premiere Rush. For this project you will find yourself  hundreds of years in the future where vacations are no longer limited to the current time period. To promote this flourishing tourism industry, you will create a short video to showcase a time travel vacation.  

Because Adobe Rush enables you to create high quality and engaging videos, this strategy empowers you to focus on the power of video as a medium of communication in a deep and meaningful way.

Steps: 

1. Learn: To start, you will choose a historical time period you have learned about in class.  You will be using it to create a 2-to 3-minute video that highlights the location during a specific time period to persuade the viewer to want to time travel vacation there. (40 minutes). 

Watch this Croatia travel video to better understand how locations and stories of specific time periods are highlighted. Review the questions below before viewing, and after viewing respond to these questions to note how a travel story is told in a compelling manner. 

  1. What location(s) looked the most interesting to you? 

  2. What words and images make those locations interesting?

  3. How does the narration (the storyline) and the video/sound support each other? For example, Rick Steves travel video opens with a passenger ship and then shows a sweeping overview of the location as he narrates an introduction to it; shortly after the introduction a major feature is highlighted  - the remains of a Roman palace - and this opens the narrative of the Roman history of the city. 

  4. What sorts of images are used to convey visual information about a time period?  

2. Evaluate: You should then review and evaluate your time period and use the Cornell Notes template to organize your content into the following scenes: (45 minutes)

  • Scene 1: Intro: What is the time period and location you are traveling to?

  • Scene 2: What are the notable landmarks and sights?

    • Are they natural wonders or created by human hands?

  • Scene 3: What is the food like? Are there famous foods or drinks of this time and location?

  • Scene 4: What makes this empire or country famous? What did they contribute to society?

  • Scene 5: What don’t they want to miss? Share something unique and exciting about your time and place?

3. Create: Start by writing a script to narrate your vacation ad. You can break it up into paragraphs for each scene to ensure that you record a clear and concise narrative free of errors, filler words, and unnecessary pauses. (125 minutes)

Use a storyboard template  to plan out each scene and decide what types of images or videos you will need. You can use Pixels for royalty free stock images and video for your project and you can find royalty free audio in Youtube’s Audio Library  

Each scene should be roughly 30 seconds in length.  

When producing your video in Adobe Rush, start by adding all of your images and video onto the timeline in the sequence you want. Then trim each clip by clicking on either side of the clip and moving the length of the clip longer or shorter. Next you will add your titles to break up each scene using a title card as well as text overlays to highlight different parts of your scene. You can drop a transition between each scene as well to create a smooth transition between them.  

For guidance on using Rush, follow these steps.

4. Share your video ad as directed by your instructor.

Rubric for Successful Analysis

Consult the attached rubric in order to evaluate students' video.