Production Wrap Up

Today we had the honor of hearing from Meg Valliant, cinematographer and technician, sharing her expertise in the movie making industry. The students loved hearing about her experience and touching a real camera used to film Grimm, Portlandia and many others! She is also the creator of a documentary, The Sisterhood of Shred. 

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We also celebrated the wonderful movie Premiere last week, sharing our highlights from the Production. We had bubble tea and Cosmo Embryo dished up the pineapple jellies.

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Honors Assembly & Production Premiere

The Honors Assembly put on by the 7th graders was a great celebration!  Each of the 8th graders were highlighted with kind words and photos. Thank you 7th grade team for putting on such a thoughtful tribute to this class. During the break, student council brought popsicles for the whole school to enjoy!

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Production Premiere of “Camp Findakey” at Central Cinemas. The movie exemplified the creativity and humor of this class. They did a great job explaining their process during the Q & A session! We hope they look back on this movie in 20 years and enjoy it as much as we did tonight!DSC_0122 DSC_0117 DSC_0111 DSC_0107 20170609_174545

**Bonus picture- 8th Graders hanging out and being goofy before the Premiere.

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LA in 360: Storytelling, Science Fiction, and Society

We have finished 3 weeks of “What’s the T?  Tea Time Storytelling” which happened every Tuesday with wonderful storytellers sitting in the “STORYTELLERS CHAIR.”  We will be sending our stories soon to THE MOTH Education team.  The Moth is featured on NPR.  Next week, the final group will present their stories to their core class.

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We are finishing our unit on storytelling with STORYTELLING IN 360. The students will be utilizing 360 Ricoh Theta cameras to videotape a short story through a 360 lens.   The types of stories range from “36 Random Facts+1”, serenades about french fries through parody, random conversations, and the life of a fridge.  See sample photos below of screenshots of first rough cuts.

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We are closing out our reading groups and dialogues about science fiction novels.  We had four reading groups based on these novels:

  • 1984
  • ANIMAL FARM
  • CINDER
  • FEED
  • UGLIES

We discussed how technology can be used help and hurt humanity.  We had two guest speakers that combined the ideas of technology, science fiction writing, and humanity.  adrienne maree brown discussed how we can recreate the future through writing science fiction.  Christian Schorman  discussed new Microsoft technology and specifically showcased the HoloLens and students were asked to write about their experience through the lens of User Experience Design (UXD).

  • adrienne maree brown (see images below).  She is the co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements and author of Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing World.  Emergent strategy is rooted in emergence science, where “complex patterns and systems arise from relatively simple interactions, such as the murmuration of a flock of birds” says brown. In the book, brown builds upon ideas from writers and philosophers such as Octavia Butler, Margaret Wheatley, and Grace Lee Boggs. She shares core principles of emergent strategy such as adaptation, decentralization, interdependence, creating possibility, resilience, transformative justice, and nonlinear change.
  • Christian Schorman from Microsoft talking about HoloLens (photos not allowed).

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