Friday, May 07, 2010

Yom Ha'atzmaut & Trends in Student Filming

Back from Passover break our students had a chance to showcase some of their work. In honor of Yom Haatzmaut a group of our multi-media club prepared and presented a video that we used as a part of our ceremony during our school’s celebration. Using their Flip cams, the students conducted interviews of their peers as well as faculty and incorporated those conversations with some stock footage to make a well balanced and impactful short video.

Overall the clip was received with warm regard from the faculty and especially from the students. Our students showed ability with some of the various components and techniques with which we had experimented in our club. Most importantly I think that they were impressed with themselves and left the experience with a feeling of accomplishment.

Interestingly, I noticed a challenge that I was not really fully expecting: As the students worked on their video they not only gravitated away from a bit of direction that I had given them, namely that a video about Israeli Independence could concentrate on being moving and impactful, not necessarily humorous. Whether due to the spontaneous nature of the flip cam, or due to a fear of being anything but funny in front of their friends – their video gravitated towards funny interviews. The video was great and it was very well received, I just found it a point of interest that there was a slight aversion to producing something that was anything but entertaining. I am curious to hear if others have noticed any similar trend, or perhaps would care to offer there own hypothesis for its origin.

Since then the kids have been plugging away. We had an in-service; our Technology professional Francine Safdeye taught out students some techniques in film and photography including the rule of thirds. Our students are now working collaboratively on an end of the year retrospective and are gathering film and pictures. I am curious to see where the balance will be struck between nostalgia and humor.

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