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Anna Remus
EDMT 380 - 001
Fall 2004

project 2
KAL Productions: Kristie Heier, Anna Remus, and Leah Benzschawel



Working Title: Tornadoes
Genre: Action/Adventure Non-Fiction Documentary
Producers: Created by students
Length: 90–120 seconds

The primary audience for our video titled, Tornadoes, is the other students in the class. The class will be broken into small groups where each group will be assigned a specific type of severe weather to research. This video is aimed at informing the other students about the type of severe weather they researched. It is hoped that after viewing this video the students will gain an understanding of the effects/damage, weather conditions, location, and safety precautions associated with the type of severe weather.

Tornadoes will include storm sound effects, narration, and photographs. The photographs will depict damage caused by tornadoes, as well as any other relevant photo that will enhance the students’ presentation. A video clip will be used to show a tornado in motion to give the rest of the class a better feel for this type of severe weather. A map will also be used to display where this type of weather occurs most often.

Tornadoes opens with the Fair Use statement that scrolls up the screen. A black screen will hold for one second until a bolt of lightening appears and storm sound effects are heard. This dissolves into the title screen.

Scene Sequence 1 starts with a clip of a dark sky before a tornado would occur. The narrator will explain this type of sky might be seen before a tornado forms.

Scene Sequence 2 shows a clip of a dark sky with stormy conditions such as wind, rain, lightening, and hail. Storm sound effects will also be heard.

Scene Sequence 3 will show a video clip of a tornado in action. The narrator will define a tornado as a violently rotating column of air extending from a thunderstorm to the ground. The narrator will explain the causes of a tornado.

Scene Sequence 4 shows a clip of a Fujita Scale with the 6 different intensity levels. The narrator will explain that a Fujita Scale is used to rate the intensity of a tornado by examining the damage caused by the tornado after it has passed over a man-made structure.

Scene Sequence 5 shows a clip of damage done by tornadoes. The narrator will also speak about damage.

Scene Sequence 6 is about the safety precautions people can take to stay safe during a tornado. Safety precautions include: be alert to the onset of severe weather, know the difference between a watch and a warning, take shelter if necessary, and stay away from windows. We will list these precautions on the screen and the narrator will expand on each of them.

Scene Sequence 7 will show a map of “Tornado Alley,” which are the states where tornadoes are most likely to occur. These states include parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, eastern Colorado, and western Iowa. The narrator will explain that tornadoes are common in Tornado Alley because of the Rocky Mountains to the west and the Gulf of Mexico to the south.

The production ends with a dissolve to the end credits, reference list and finally, black.


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