Trying your best never gets old, but the Fugleflick Filmmakers who made this award-winning film do get old. A few former dolphins, now 7th graders, stopped by to see their trophy from winning the Kids N Film Festival held in California this past fall. They made the film in fifth grade, but it qualified still for this international film festival. This film, meant to inspire you to try your best, has been an inspiration for us all. Congrats! View it below or at this link.
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!
The Daily Herald wrote a story about the AHML art reception. Read it here.
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.
Friday, April 26th was the second annual TEAM SCREEN TEST. Our 5th grade Fugleflick, Different is Good, screened at this event along with student videos from the Chicagoland suburbs. Take a look at the photos and the animoto video to see what the event was like for our young filmmakers.
Trivia: Dryden student filmmakers were the youngest at the festival. All the other students were middle schoolers.
Different is Good tied for best of show at the festival. Our filmmakers will join the other winning team from Quest Academy for a movie and pizza night at the Prairie Center for the Arts in the near future.
Trivia: Dryden Filmmakers won Best of Show in 2012 also.
See the post from last year.
Different is Good embraces diversity and uses art as a metaphor for celebrating our differences. View the Fugleflick below or at this link.
This has been an incredible week for my Dryden Student Artists!
I was contacted by Bonnie B. Rushlow, Ed. D, the co-author of the soon to be released,
Teaching Art: Methods for the Real World of Elementary and Middle School Art Education, 1st Edition.
She saw our artwork on Artsonia sent word that she would like to use many images in her textbook. The following artist have been selected (and parents have given permission) so far...
Artsonia Artists :: Marion33's Portfolio
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Artsonia Artists :: Liana74's Portfolio
Artsonia Artists :: andrea911's Portfolio
Artsonia Artists :: mark1086's Portfolio
Artsonia Artists :: kelly676's Portfolio
Artsonia Artists :: Ava236's Portfolio
Congratulations! I absolutely love that Dryden Artists Try Their Best!
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