orange band movies

During the Movie arc, the Orange Band put their independent work skills to the test. During each week of Exploration, they focused on completing mini-challenges with several different prompts: stop motion, camera angles, foley, script writing, and storyboarding. For their final film project, they wrote pitches, crafted full scripts of their movies, made storyboards and shot lists, calendared their to-do items with weekly and daily goals, and dove into filming, editing, and adding sound effects with foley. They ended up with some beautiful short films!

Lola’s film centered on multiple perspectives from different characters, and employed foley and music to create mood. She really wanted to make a movie about a misunderstood main character who makes friends with someone who comes to see his side.


Selina coded her film with Trinket, the software that the band used during the Book arc. Her film is about hexagons being saved by an animated penguin, and she used music expertly to express emotion.


Bruno’s stop motion animation used foley to set the mood and make things more dramatic and exciting. He had trouble expressing emotions at first, but ended up using feathers and eyes to show what his penguin characters are feeling.


Ben used perspective in his film to show the tiny size of his main character, Spiizo, and the odds he has to overcome on the soccer field. A prolific stop motion animator, Ben was able to improve the quality of this film with smoother transitions using twelve frames per second instead of six.


Quinn’s film uses a lot of puns to poke fun at the Star Wars movies. He is most proud of the vortex scene and the sound effects that make the scenes more dramatic, as well as the increased number of frames to make the film look smoother.


Huxley designed and built a multiplane camera for his project, inspired by the band’s study of animation, particularly Walt Disney. He demonstrated his iterations in his video.

Lucy and Aurora’s collaboration resulted in a sweet story about a dog doing chores for her owner. They used camera angles to show off point-of-view and perspective, and used treats to get their canine actor to act how they needed her to.

 [final film coming soon!]

yellow band films

The Movie arc presentations have begun! All week we’ve been hearing from each band about the projects they have been working on during Expression, and have been watching their movies and asking questions.

The Yellow Band experimented with a variety of genres of film during the Movie arc, including educational videos, documentaries, television shorts, and historical films. They studied and wrote research papers on various filmmakers’ crafts and ended up using many of those techniques in their final movies. For their projects, they chose to make fictional movies based on their original screenplays. They wrote scripts, pitches, scene prototypes, and storyboards, and ended up with six incredible films, each starring other members of their band – both a benefit and a challenge to their directorial debuts!

Travis and Rhone paired up to make “The Truth about Brightworks”. Rhone was the cameraman, and Travis took the director role in this film about a secret society at Brightworks.


Evie chose to make her film “Cinderella the Murderer” black-and-white to give it a creepy vibe. The most difficult scene for her was the bird’s eye view shot, but it’s one of the best in her movie about Cinderella murdering her stepmother and trying to get away with it.


Norabelle’s film “Back in Time” taught her to always be fully prepared before she started filming, and that translating her novel-writing skills to screenplays is a challenge – and uses a lot of paper. She loved using sets, props, and costumes in her film.


Jacob was inspired to make “The Theory of Einstein” when he was searching for a new idea after an ambitious attempt at a WWII epic. He spotted a wig in the costume closet at school, and a new version of Einstein was born.


Clementine had a lot of inspiration for her film “Smiley Potato”: Buster Keaton’s “The Boat”, the password scene from “Horse” by the Marx Brothers, and the potatoes that have been coming with our school’s hot lunch. She said her great success was having an acting collaborator in Lola, the star of her film.


Ella and Natasha’s partnership was a combination of logistics and aesthetics by two girls with a strong vision for their film, “Story Hour”. They were inspired by the meta-arc for the year, Story, and drew on their love of the magic of stories to tell the tale. They were especially proud of their title sequence, which with its quick cuts and interesting angles, tells about each character in the movie.


edits and more edits

Edits and more edits on Movie arc projects.

Ian carefully shapes his fire alarm prop for Quinn’s zombie movie.


Harry reviews his scenes for his practical effects film.


Quinn’s zombies get ready for their close-ups.


Evan knocks out his to-do list of edits.

@evan_sfbrightworks knocking out a to-do list of edits we discussed this morning. 😄

Jane prepares her final storyboard for Pugzilla!

@janedawsonbwx prepares her final storyboard for Pugzilla!

Amelia has one of the most thorough and detailed website portfolios in the Blue Band. She’s adding descriptions for the videos she created this arc.

Amelia has one of the most thorough and detailed website portfolios in the band. She's currently adding descriptions for the videos she created this arc.

JP slays pesky grainy footage in Adobe After Effects.

@jp.barbagelata slays pesky grainy footage in Adobe After Effects

Laurel and Josh take some time for some much-needed swing maintenance.

@_laurelpikachu and @coasterfreekjoshsf take some time for some much needed swing maintenance

Jack secluded himself under the Theater Room stairs to source images for his film history video.

Jack secluded himself under the Theater Room stairs to source images for his film history video

Aidan spray-paints his painstakingly detailed airplane model outside on the ledge.


Full house in the new Phillip Fillastre Treehouse Institute for Science and Technology! 😎✌️ AKA the shiny computer lab of editing and working students.

Full house in the new Phillip Fillastre Treehouse Institute for Science and Technology 😎✌️

lots of filming

Lots of filming and refilming, lots of coordinating and learning from mistakes, lots of high emotions and stress and productivity to be had these days at the Brightworks Movie Studio…

The Green Band learned about digital animation from Michelangelo.


Khalia’s set for her movie-in-a-week challenge.



Max’s yellow wallpaper came for his movie of The Yellow Wallpaper, based on his script from the Book arc!


On set for The Yellow Wallpaper.




Green Band at Glen Park, filming Julian’s Roman battle epic.





The Red Band has been learning about bees and pollination from Rich.



Indigo Band meets.



Green Band, more movie screening and filming.



Josh experiments with digital animation.

@coasterfreekjoshsf animating the crap outta some dragons! 🔥🐍

Laurel and JP in the new editing lab between the Blue and Green bandspaces.

Yay Adobe After Effects!

Quinn is finishing the last pieces of his zombie movie… with lots of makeup.


@janedawsonbwx as a zombie!


indigo band genre study

The Indigo Band did a series of mini-challenges at the beginning of the arc around film genres. They researched a certain genre of film, presented about the tropes, stereotypes, and traits of those films, and then used what they learned to create films of their own. They were paired up in twos and had a single day to research, film, and edit their movies. They ended up loving the project so much that they did three rounds of it, and learned a lot about editing and sound in this first round of experimenting with movies. The results were pretty spectacular.

The Western film, by Max and Isaac:

The horror film, by Grace and collaborator Rich:

The film noir, by Quinn and Zada:

The spy movie, by Harry and Max:

The romantic comedy, by Grace and Ian:

The musical, by Quinn and Rich:

The comedy, by Isaac and Zada:

The adventure movie, by Ian and Quinn:

The family movie, by Harry and Max:

movie experiments

Students are in full experimenting mode with their movie-making, and have been diving into projects. Some bands are still finishing some videos from their exploration phase, while others have started into project mode with writing scripts, doing research, and getting familiar with being directors and handling cameras, editing software, and sound. Check out the following movie prototypes, advertising study videos, and some more animation tests!