Robot Filmmaker

By Alicia C.

Play Ideas

Film your own masterpiece with Dash as your camera-bot!

What you'll need:

  • Dash
  • Smartphone Mount
Set up Time

30 minutes

Supplies
  • Smartphone that records video
  • Props or toys that will help you tell your story!

Mission:

Make some movie magic from a robot’s point of view! Think about a story you might be able to tell with Dash’s help behind the camera lens. A story typically has a beginning, middle, and end, with a problem that gets resolved in the end.

Think about what your film will be about and who will star in it. Will it be you, a pet, some toys, or even a sibling or two? What types of characters will they portray? Get excited about the adventures they will have along the way. You can make a documentary, action movie, or comedy!

Setup:

  1. Plan out the story you going to tell. It might help to write or draw out the various scenes you are planning to film. A great story arc typically includes the following scenes.

  2. Setting: This is where you introduce the characters in your story and where it takes place. For example, Dash can follow your pet or sibling around and document “a day in the life.”

  3. Conflict and Challenge: These scenes introduce a problem for your characters to solve. A challenge is presented that complicates things.

  4. Climax: This is the turning point of your story, where the problem starts showing signs of becoming solved.

  5. Resolution: In this final scene, the problem is solved. How will your story end?

  6. Prepare your set. If you are shooting your movie in your bedroom, what props do you need for your setting? If you are telling a story that takes place in the woods, how will your recreate this scene?

  7. Carefully snap the smartphone mount to Dash’s head as shown in these instructions. If you don’t have a smartphone mount, try using LEGO extensions to add on a GoPro!

  8. Program the route Dash will take to film your masterpiece.

  9. Run your program and film your movie!

  10. We’d love to see your creation! Upload your video to YouTube, tag it #makewonder, and tweet us the link or send it to ideas@makewonder.com!

Play Options:

Go App

Suggested for Ages: 5+

Use the Go app to navigate Dash from scene to scene. Use the remote control to turn Dash’s head to the right angle.

Path App

Suggested for Ages: 5+

Blockly App

Suggested for Ages: 8+

Create your own camera bot. Make Dash turn to voice so Dash is facing the people or pets that are talking. You can also play director by having Dash go to the right place and film at the right angle as you move Dot around!

Xylo App

Suggested for Ages: 5+