In several of my presentations, I use images taken from movies. When speaking on narrative writing, I use several screenshots from Finding Nemo, for example, to illustrate the plot’s structure.
Every time I present, someone asks how I got the images, so here’s the answer:
1) Download VLC, a free movie player available on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
2) Pop a DVD in and open it with VLC.
Video > Snapshot, from the menu, to save a screenshot.
4) To choose where the snapshots are saved, and how they’re named, use
And that’s it!
Drop these into Powerpoint or Keynote to easily display to a group. Screen shots from movies are great for discussing plot, character, tone, setting, and visual composition.
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