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Film: Special Effects and Animation

Coop Led Class.

Costs TBD/child/semester according to their own projects.

Requirements: each child must have access to an iPad or laptop for Animation Software and Video capabilities and be able to bring it to class.

7 weeks of Special Effects: we will be watching clips of movies and trying out special effects that create the scenes. The students will be able to film their own special effects and share them with their classmates.

7 weeks of Animation: we will be watching clips of different movies and the students will be using Animation Software to create scenes inspired by these clips. Again, the students will have a chance to share them with their classmates.

 

 

Tim Burton Film Class

We have amazing people in our community who support our homeschool coop.  Over the summer, our children’s art work will be exhibited at the Columbia Museum of Art. This Fall, we are partnering with the Nickelodeon on The Art of Storytelling through Film.

Frank Baker, one of our country’s leading media literacy experts, has helped us with various curricula ideas. He sent us one on Tim Burton, which Danielle (one of your coop parents) used for our mini-Film Class this past May. It was such a fun experience for the families who participated. We watched and discussed Vincent Price, Frankenweenie, Corpse Bride, Nightmare Before Christmas, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Paranorman (as a comparison), Coraline (not Tim Burton, but inspired by his works) and 9 (which he helped produce). For homework, the kids worked on something related to each film. These are just some of the things they did.

Drawings (Frankenweenie)

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Photo Stills (Frankenweenie and Nightmare Before Christmas)

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Cut Outs (Corpse Bride)

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 Puppets of 9 and 5 (9)

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Storyboards

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Videos



A Trip to Pearl Fryar’s Garden (the real life Edward Scissorhands)

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Summer Film Club on Tim Burton

Dressing Up as the Mad Hatter

Dressing Up as Edward Scissorhands

 

by Co-op Parents (Carissa Leventis-Cox and Danielle Vas Guyder)

6-8 sessions during the summer.

For all ages, but note some videos we will be watching are rated PG.

iPad/iPhones required to create still shots and short videos.

Fees and Location: TBA. Contact us directly for more information.

Our sessions will include watching videos and discussions on film elements.  Creative and fun homework on the subject will be given for a deeper understanding of the subject matter.  Our sessions will consist of:

  1. Introduction to Tim Burton and Horror Films
  2. Elements of German Expressionist Films
  3. Let’s start with a Story and What is a Story Board
  4. The Burtonesque World and it’s Elements
  5. Character Analysis through Johnny Depp
  6. Analyzing a Burton Film

School of the Minds Highlights 2013-2014

DIY

ENGINEERING

FILM

HISTORY: NOTABLES AT NOON

SCIENCE FAIR

 Take a look at our YouTube Channel for more videos!

Spring 2014 Week 17

Film: Stop Motion Animation

The final product by a 7 and 8 year old:

PARASITE

Spring 2014 Week 16

MANDARIN

Complete Lesson 7

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Homework is Thursday and Friday exercises and write these phrases 5 times each.

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FILM

Clay Animation

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The kids’ first attempt at Scene 1 and 2 of their story.

Spring 2014 Week 14

Our Final Week this Spring! Thank you to all the families who make it possible!

MANDARIN

The kids reviewed and took their Mid-Term Exam. In 14 weeks, they have learned 80 characters and various phrases. No homework this week.

 

D.I.Y.

Forestry Challenges: Identifiy Local Trees, Measure the Height of a Tree, Calculate a Tree’s Age.

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Foraging Challenges: Identifying Wild Edibles and munching on sorrel, pine, sweet briar, baby muscadine leaves, smilax, violet flowers, and dandelion leaves with Matt Kip.

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SEQUENTIAL ART AND CHARACTER DESIGN

Finishing up their comic strips.

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CSI and Film Animation

continues in the coming weeks…

NEXT WEEK:

Join us for Notables at Noon!

This year, we have Dana Carvey, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, St. Michael, Walt Disney, Edgar Allan Poe and Johnny Appleseed.

Spring 2014 Week 13

One more week to go!

MANDARIN

Learn the animals in the Chinese Zodiac.

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D.I.Y.

Join us for Forestry Challenges on 14th April.

SEQUENTIAL ART AND CHARACTER DESIGN

Working on final projects: final drawing and inking.

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FILM: CLAY ANIMATION

Storyboard

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PLAYDATES

Join us on our weekly playdates!

Spring 2014 Week 11

Three more weeks to go!

MANDARIN

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Chapter 5 in book. Monday and Tuesday exercises for Homework.

D.I.Y.

Making flags

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Work on our own projects. Show and Tell next time!

SEQUENTIAL ART AND CHARACTER DESIGN

Working on our own stories. Drawing the stories on illustration board.

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Next week: INKING!

CSI and FILM (on holiday!)

Spring 2014 Week 8

MANDARIN

Homework: write each 10 times

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D.I.Y.

Continuing our individual projects

SEQUENTIAL ART AND CHARACTER DESIGN

Start inking and create your own 2 page story with panels

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JR. CSI

Solving The Missing Crown Jewels

Analyzing Fingerprints (the most difficult), Metal Scrapings, pH levels of stains, Fabric Textures, etc.

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Film

Finishing up all the characters for their Animation Film Project.

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