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.