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Day 25 – Ending Well (Music and Film)

Aug 3, 2016 11:09:00 PM

Our young composers and movie makers are hard at work. Actual filming is done – completed at the beginning of the week. Now our kids are editing, splicing, dubbing in music and putting on the final touches. Proctor Marisa Ferrari visited yesterday and talked to the students about their process.

It is hard to believe that we have just one more day left here at the Experimentory. At the end of our four weeks, the growth that the students have made individually and collectively seems remarkable. It has been truly inspiring to watch them interact as a group – learning, motivating, and challenging each other. At just 11 to 14 years old, they are accepting of others and open to learning from each others’ differences, strengths, and weaknesses, which is valuable for life far beyond the Experimentory.

Music + Film students are hard at work composing a score and producing a movie to show their parents on Friday.
Aerin and Brandon don headphones as they co-edit the final cut of their film while Amethyst fine tunes the film's soundtrack.

Their ability to work in groups with such ease has made the production of their final projects a fun, challenging, and creative process. In the Music and Films class, students are working in groups of four or five to create their own short movie. Everything from the directing, acting, editing, filming, and music is done by group members so each member takes on specific roles. These roles allow students to shine in particular areas they excel in. However, although one student may be titled the “editor” and another the “filmer,” students really worked together on all pieces to create the best possible product, regardless of their official title.

What I found most interesting was how the groups chose a film genre. They chose between comedy, tragedy, and horror by analyzing the songs they had already created earlier in the program on Garage Band. After listening to each of their songs, they decided how their music made them feel. Groups with low and slow sounding songs felt a tragedy film was a perfect fit. In contrast, another group felt that all their songs were a little wacky and upbeat, which had comedy written all over it. I find it pretty amazing how a group of five students can compare such unique and individualized songs and find a commonality among them all. The students agreed that they liked the freedom of choosing their genre based on their own music. This not only makes the movies unique to each group, but I feel that it adds a sense of individuality of their own work, which allows the students to be even more passionate about their production.

Needless to say, after watching students rehearse lines and film throughout campus, I cannot wait to watch their final products!

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