Today our Fugleflick Filmmakers had the honor of seeing their student-created, art-related video, Elementary Musical, screen to an international audience at the Chicago International Children's Film Festival. Our students (currently 6th graders) were invited on stage afterwards to talk about their movie making experience.
Dryden's Art Program has been making award-winning Fugleflicks with volunteer filmmakers for six years now. This movie is now our 5th Fugleflick that has screened at the Chicago International Children's Film Festival. Have a Fugleflick film fest below.
In 2007 Young Sloppy Brush was screened at CICFF. This brush then was asked to screen in Italy and Australia the following year. In 2009 it traveled around the country to art rooms in the Brush with Fame tour. He went missing before the end of his trip. Visit his website to see pictures, his video and his MIA video to learn more. We miss him:(
In 2009 Let's Be Green when we Clean screen at the CICFF. This video teaches students to conserve, recycle, and be smarter about cleaning the art room. It was a national finalist in the National Geographic Find Your Footprint Student Video Contest. See the framed T-Shirt in the hallway outside the art room. This video is full of special FX.
In 2009 Complementary in Every Way screened at the CICFF. This love story between Red and Green very cleverly teaches the primary, secondary colors, color mixing, and introduces many related concepts. This story grew from a silly conversation in a 4th grade class. They sketched out the story while a group of 5th graders played the roles.
In 2010 Glue Blues screened at the CICFF. This musical video told the plight of misused & mistreated bottles of glue from their own perspective. The 5 filmmakers had very creative storytelling strategies as they sang, danced, and spoke of how to help cure the Glue Blues. This movie was featured in a Wonderopolis post about how glue works.
In 2012 Elementary Musical screened at the CICFF. This musical introduction to the Elements of Art has won a number of accolades since it was created in early 2012. It won the Arlington Heights School District's Youtube Festival, Best of Show for the Screen Test Team Fest, and tied for first place NextVista.org's student video contest.
Filmmakers won Best of Show at local fest.
Congratulations to our Fugleflick filmmakers who created Elementary Musical, an amazing video about the elements of art in the style of High School Musical.
This student-created art-related video was accepted into the Chicago International Children's Film Festival! Learn more about this festival here.
Sunday, October 28, 2012 1:00pm
Center on Halsted
3656 N. Halsted St., 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL
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The weekend schedule is now online so you can view the hundreds of films screening during this multi-day festival.
Our movie will screen during the
"Up All Night: Youth-Produced Films" segment along with other child-produced films from around the country.
View this schedule here.
FYI- Elementary Musical has made it's debut already last year and received many accolades including:
First place in the District 25 Youtube Festival
First place (tied) in Next Vista.org's Spring Student Video Contest
Best of Show in Schaumburg's Screen Test Film Fest for Teams
Bonus: This video is great for art teachers to use to introduce a lesson on the Elements of Art. Here is how I used it with 5th graders last year.
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Swept Away, Fugleflick by 4th graders
I've been entering my students' videos (Fugleflicks) into film festivals for 6 years now and I'm only just beginning to realize what they've been lacking all along.... PROOF.
I remember being in the audience of a international film fest a few years ago watching all movies in my students' category before the judges announced the winner. I was thinking,
I know I'm biased, but my students' video is so much cleaner, communicates better, is oozing with creativity, and the audience loves it. How could there be any question as to who would win?
Swept Away screening at festival
But they didn't. The audience even gasped with surprise when the other filmmakers were announced as the winner. This particular festival gave the teachers feedback forms from the judges showing comments and scores from their rubric. I read many encouraging comments, but one stood out to me: "Too good. Did the teacher make it?"
Students filming Swept Away
That was very frustrating to read. My students had spent two months of their lunch recesses participating in every aspect of the movie-making experience from storyboarding to editing. They did take after take to get it right doing the best they could with our consumer grade tech in our little art room.
Singing her heart out
They were so warm and supportive of each other during the filming that they all felt comfortable enough to sing their little hearts out as if they had just stepped off broadway.
(See their video, Swept Away.)
My objective as an art teacher is to help my students approach movie-making as an art form while learning to collaborate, be creative, and problem-solve. I want them to strive for artistry and try their best in all they do. So, the final product may look "too good" for what one might expect of a group of 10 year olds.
What I'm trying to do now is add a bit of proof to the video before I submit it to a film festival. This is not what I do for Fugleflicks in general. I like to keep them short and to the point so that teachers can interject them into a lesson to introduce or teach art concepts. But the FULL VERSION of a video needs to have a bit of behind the scenes to help erase any doubts from the minds of judges that it truly was made by children.
Here is our FULL VERSION of Elementary Musical (less than 4 mins)
Now that we have our new super cool Fugleflick Elementary Musical which introduces the elements of art, I designed an exploration lesson that accompanies this video to help students really understand the concepts. I took pictures to show you below...
1) This exploration of the elements class began with our Fugleflick Elementary Musical to introduce the elements of art. View it here: vimeo.com/38449478
2) Students looked at El Greco's painting, View of Toledo using the Google Art Project
They used the digital ink on the interactive board to draw over the image to show line, shape, form. They also zoomed in to spot texture, zoomed out to study value, space, and color.
3) Then students headed out to the courtyard with cameras in groups to take pictures of the elements all around them.
Extensions: Look at this photo taken of Toledo. Spain or this photo from similar vantage points. Compare to the painting. What is different, and why? What is similar.
Now explore Toledo using Google Maps street view. Start at this link.
(Thanks Theresa McGee for the extension idea. View her other ideas for using the Google Art Project on her blog post here.)
The Elements of Art need to come together when an artist thinks about a compositional design. This intentional and thoughtful process inspired my students to sing and dance
Watch their super cute original music video below:
This movie may be short, but we invested 20 lunch recesses into making this happen.
Take a look at the behind the scenes video below or use this link.