This week we recreated a scene from Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom!” The students received a piece of paper with each frame on it, a box of props, and FilmNorth’s professional film equipment. They broke out into three groups: set design, EQ set-up, and a team that figured out how to light the scene frame-by-frame.
The students had one day to shoot and another to edit. Overall, the students agreed that it was a great exercise on lighting and felt like being on a real film set. We had everything from a DP to a cord wrangler. Another rebuild-a-scene is forthcoming next session!
Week one of JuiceMedia is complete! On the first day, we jumped right into mock 48 hour film projects. Students broke out into groups then received a genre, prop, and line of dialogue that they had to craft their film around.
Students had 20 minutes for pre-production, a day to film, and another day to edit. Many groups had to improvise their lines and decide upon locations minutes before filming. On the last day, we screened the films–the youth room was filled with laughter and excitement! You can watch the videos here: https://vimeo.com/channels/filmnorthyouth.
Can’t wait for next week, when students begin pre-production on a 4 week video project of their choice.
The final screening was a blast! Before the event began, students helped set-up, doing everything from arranging chairs in the screening room to stapling together the brochures. They included the film titles and run-times, as well as the students’ artist statements.
Students and families snapped pictures in the JuiceMedia Photo Booth before filtering into the screening room. People chose a prop to pose with and got goofy!
We placed an Audience Choice Award sheet in the brochure. After the films played,
audience members wrote down which films should win everything from “Best Visual Effects” to “Best Art Direction.” Interns tallied up the results and the award ceremony began! There was a Q&A as well. Audience members asked many questions, including the inspiration for the students’ films and what their biggest takeaway from JuiceMedia.
The screening concluded with celebratory pizza, snacks, and cupcakes. Everyone chatted and mingled while celebrating the accomplishments of the students and the wonderful films that they produced.
What an amazing event to wrap up an amazing session! We’ll see everyone again during the JuiceMedia Fall session, which runs October 1st-December 12th. Have a happy summer!
The students have been busy with everything from pitching, pre-poduction, production, and post this week! Pearl (shown on the left) pitched her idea for a video poem last week and has begun shooting it on FilmNorth’s Canon T2i. She is having her younger sister narrate the poem “America, I Sing You Back,” a poem that celebrates the diverse cultural landscape of the US. She is planning to film various students in their after school clubs that emphasize the importance of diversity. Before JuiceMedia begins, Oli has been leading the students in short warm-ups, ranging from stretching to improv games. In the photo on the right, Tujee is smiling during a warm-up activity.
Emma (shown on the right) has been sifting through public domain Western films to include in her video. The video will follow two siblings who escape a cult and unintentionally reenact the only film they were able to watch, which is a Western. In the photo on the left, Elliott handles the boom to capture audio for Baine’s film. Umpha the intern graciously agreed to act, scoring the role of main character! What an exciting week!
Also, thanks to Emily the intern for giving a super informative audio workshop! She gave a long list of websites to score great audio/music on, showed us what software to use to make our own music, and did a tutorial on cleaning up iffy audio in Premiere. 🙂
This Tuesday, the globally recognized photographer Wing Young Huie gave a workshop for the JuiceMedia and SPNN students. He is most famous for his street photography project where he took pictures of people on Lake Street in Minneapolis. He then posted the photos on storefronts all along Lake Street. In this way, Wing was able to share the photos that he took with the community members that he used as his subjects.
Every member of Wing’s family was born in China except for him. He was born and raised in Duluth, MN. This allows him to focus on identity in his work. He asked us: Who gets to decide what our identity is? The students all got a chance to participate during the workshop discussions and Wing gave the students a few project suggestions, one of which is to go up to people that you find compelling and, after taking their picture, ask to try on their clothes, then have them take a picture of you. Wing has done this, and explained that it makes for interesting photographic exploration.
And just like that, the intro projects have been completed! The students made these incredible videos in just two days. Many of the returning members taught the new members how to use Premiere, as well as the cameras and mics. The intro videos were screened yesterday. A lot of laughter accompanied the screening! Every one was proud of their work. The videos can be found on the FilmNorth vimeo page.
After the screening we began pre-production for project 1. Project 1 can be essentially anything the students wish to make, with the option of making a video poem. While the students were storyboarding and script-writing away, they got to interview one another for the intro video. This session the students are asking each other to describe what they want their creative future and possible legacy to look like. Here’s to embarking into project 1!
Despite the slew of cancellations due to bad weather, an awesome group of students were able to come for the first day of JuiceMedia! We had the students get into groups then gave each group a prop, a line of dialogue, a character trait, and a genre to include in the short film that they have 2 days to plan, shoot, and edit.
Everybody introduced themselves, including our 4 interns, and answered the check-in question: “What’s your favorite movie?” Answers ranged from “Into the Spiderverse” to “The Fantastic Mr. Fox.” Everybody was excited to discuss the movies that they enjoy most! Here’s a photo from the stop-motion film that Ainsley, Teah, and Noah are working on:
We can’t wait to screen the films on Tuesday! Until then, happy filmmaking!