The Indigo Band studied film genres at the beginning of the arc through their genre film explorations, and continued their arc by studying the human condition through film.
Ian’s project was a prop shop. He wanted to continue the hands-on work he had done in the previous arcs this year, and made more than a few iterations of each of his props – a rock, trees for Harry’s Godzilla segment, and a fire alarm. He told us that through this project he learned the difference between doing something and doing something right.
Zada’s movie is a documentary about San Francisco. She interviewed six authentic San Franciscans of various ages and backgrounds and asked their opinions about the city and how it’s changed over time. Her video ended up being forty-five minutes long!
Harry wanted to experiment with practical effects that moviemakers use. Using the loose story framework of a paranormal investigator, he demonstrated the dream sequence, gunshots, and sugar glass, among others, in his film, “Harry’s Paranormal Instructional Video”.
Max used the screenplay of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” that he wrote during the Book arc to film a movie with professional actors and an offsite location. His crowning jewel was the last sequence of the film, and told us that he learned that he has arrive on a set completely prepared with what he wants from his actors and his shots.
Quinn’s movie was a study in suspense. He focused on examining human nature and the social aspect of how people would change in a stressful situation – like a zombie apocalypse. His biggest challenge was to figure out the lighting and the logistics of his film before actors arrived on the set.
Isaac adapted a short story he wrote during the Book arc into a short film, titled “Edward Tries to Make a Friend”. He learned that making a film and collaborating with others is always a tug between true adaptation and compromise with actors who have their own version of the characters onscreen.
Grace created a movie collage called “At the End of the Day”, from three hours of source material. Throughout the arc, she took audio and video recordings of random people, places, and things to create this piece of art.