I always look for authentic audiences for my Fugleflick filmmakers to share their student-created art-related movies with beyond our school community. This year I was able to use Filmfreeway to enter movies into national and international children's film festivals. Some of these are too far away to attend, however, knowing that other children will have a chance to see the movies is still an amazing experience and acceptance into these festivals is validation that the quality of the film is on par with the best movies made by children around the world!
Fifth Grade Fugleflick Filmmakers spent 2 months creating a story to an original song to encourage everyone to shift their thinking from can't to can. Change that little voice in your head from fixed thinking to a growth mindset and TRY YOUR BEST!
Special FXs Explained:
This movie is full of special effects made with drawn animation and/or green screen. Students used relative size to become the small voice in your head saying positive things to encourage you to TRY YOUR BEST. Here are some of the FX students used.
This little sprite popped onto the TV screen to encourage a student making art. He first had to be layered onto a screenshot of an iPad. Then the artist had to be filmed looking at a TV with the color green on it's screen. The two were layered in the GS app by Do Ink.
Some of the effects students used in this movie have been done before in previous Fugleflicks or projects. The thought bubble trick is explained in this post.
This effect is a straight forward use of relative size to make the sprites look very small. See this post about relative size for a tutorial and more ideas for using this trick.
I'm so excited to see the silhouette special FX in this Fugleflick. This idea has its own post explaining how we found this trick on accident and some of the amazing ideas you can use it for.
For one scene, a student is drawing and gets frustrated. She slams down her marker and gives up. As the art heads to the garbage can, the portrait on it speaks out to its artist begging for her to not give up. This special FX was create after a series of steps as show in the video. The animation was created through rotoscope. See this post to learn more.
This effect where a student spins into a painting with a quick size change was so amazing that it received it's own blog post here.
To make these little sprites fly, we had them pose in the last moment of their video. Then we used a still image of the last frame of the video and made them fly using the keynote app. To enhance the magic, we used a pixie title effect without words (just typed a space) to create a trail of sprite dust as they fly off the screen.
Want to learn the song?
Students wanted to tell the story of a fixed mindset changing to a growth mindset with the encouragement of positive little voices to combat the negative little voices you hear in your own head. Many students need this message so the filmmakers tried to get in their shoes (and heads) to help others Try their Best.
Since this video fits the theme "In Another's Shoes" we trimmed it down to 2 minutes so it could qualify for the first annual Global Student Voice Film Festival. To take a 3 min 40 sec song down to 2 minutes wasn't easy. The best way was to trim each chorus and remove the bridge. We were allowed another 1 minute of credits. I think it still tells the story just as well though some awesome scenes were removed in this version.
Public Screenings of Try Your Best
Our Fugleflick Filmmakers' movie, Try Your Best was accepted into the 2018 Screen Test Film Fest Jr. Of the 5 movies screening, ours was the only one local. The other films were from Texas, Arizona, Canada, and Sweden. The hand drawn animation from an 8th grader in Arizona won best of show. See the list of films here.
12 5th grade Fugleflick filmmakers used the point of view of artwork on display in the hallways to create this clever musical story mixed with green screen effects, animation, and live video called "Don't Crush my Dreams".
This movie, which took 2 months of lunch recesses to create, began with an original song as if from the mouths of the beautiful art on display in Dryden's hallways. The students storyboarded their plan for how to turn the song into a video including many special effects using the Green Screen App by Do Ink, the Drawing and Animation App by Do Ink, Superimpose App, Keynote, Chatterpix, iFunFace, as well as Garageband to make their audio recording and iMovie to edit their final work.
Fugleflick filmmakers made this video, dedicated to all the ruined art once on display in the hallways, to help grow awareness of the need for respect so no future artwork will have their dreams crushed.
Screen Test Jr Film Festival
Students were accepted into the Screen Test Jr Film Festival in Schaumburg, IL. The screening is Saturday, April 22nd. Here is the line up for this 5th -8th grade event.
We just learned that our Fugleflick, MOVEMENT, created by a group of 16 fifth graders in Spring of 2016 was selected from 1000 entries to screen at the Chicago International Children's Film Festival this year! (See the full list of films that will screen from professional filmmakers and students). Admission into this festival is fiercely competitive so we are SO excited to be selected. The audience for the festival is global. People fly in from around the world to attend. This is going to be the sixth Fugleflick to ever screen in at CICFF. See this post from 2012 to view a short slideshow of what the event looked like for our filmmakers. Visit this page to see our others.
MOVEMENT is a short fugleflick, student-created, art related movie, made by 5th graders to show students many ways they can add movement, a principal of design, into their art work.
Students used creative green screen techniques highlighted in this post.
This movie already debuted at a local film festival. View photos and article here.
View the line up from the Screen Test Jr here: http://www.ci.schaumburg.il.us/PCA/youth/Pages/ScreenTestJr2016_Lineup.aspx
View our movie entry below. It is password protected until after the fest. PW: dolphin
FUGLEFLICKS are our Art-Related, Student-Created entertaining videos made by kids for kids to teach something about art. We've been making them for over 10 years now and our collection is growing all the time. Sometimes I show a Fugleflick alongside my lessons to introduce a concept or reinforce a skill but this week we are kicking back by the roaring fire and enjoying a Fugleflick Film Festival on our class set of iPads.
During the last week of school this year many groups will have a chance to celebrate art education with a Fugleflick Film Fest of student-created, art-related videos. I put together a QR code book of 18 favorite Fugleflicks for students to Scan|View|Learn from during art with our class set of iPads and earbuds*.
Use this link to get your own printable Fugleflick QR code book via TpT.
* We use wipes to clean our earbuds
HAVE YOUR OWN FUGLEFLICK FILM FEST WITH MY SCAN|VIEW|LEARN QR CODE BOOK HERE.
P.S. THIS BOOK IS FREE FOR ANYONE WHO DONATED TO OUR IPAD FUNDRAISERS. PLEASE EMAIL ME IF YOU GAVE AND DIDN'T RECEIVE YOUR COPY.
What an amazing journey our Fugleflick Filmmakers have had with their award-winning movie, "Allow us to Illustrate". Last night they were invited to screen their film alongside other young filmmakers at the Schaumburg Team Screen Test Film Fest. Five of the 10 filmmakers were able to attend this event where filmmakers are invited on stage to introduce their movie, screen it before a live audience, and then come back up again to discuss the filmmaking process and field questions from the audience. Our students were SO impressive as they shared their experience of beta-testing, animating, and creating.
Allow us to illustrate was originally released in November of 2013 (see the original blog post here). Since then the filmmakers have enjoyed many successes!
1. It won the Cool Designs Contest in February 2014.
2. Filmmakers presented their movie and how it was made at the TEACHnology district fair.
3.It screened at the Extremely Young Film Festival in Texas in March 2014.
4. In April 2014 the film won VIDEO OF THE YEAR through Nextvista.org
5. Allow us to Illustrate was invited to enter two more festivals. (Acceptance is pending).
On May 19th our filmmakers celebrated their achievement with a Pizza Party from the Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts. The girls enjoyed a wonderful lunch while watching their film, behind the scenes video, and a host of other video shorts to entertain them. Thank you!
We are the 2nd place winner of the ISTE Technology in Action Video Contest.
See my post for more info.
View our Entry for the What's Your Story
Internet Safety Contest
(Won the 2nd Place Prize)
View this musical tribute to the hard working teachers at Dryden and the students they love to teach.
Tricia Fuglestad, NBCT 07
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