This morning we made an animated movie. Yes! Another one! This time we made a big effort to get to grips with reactions between characters, mixing shots / viewpoints and adding sound effects and lip-syncing. It was pretty intense. Our movie was called ‘Balls Balls Balls’. You have to see the movie to understand why. I had to do some vocal acting, which was kind of embarrassing, but it was all in the name of Art, so what the heck.
This evening it’s getting to grips with Final Cut Express 2, which should be useful. I'm thinking, however, that, say, a couple of our staff from non-arts subjects would probably have got so much more out of this event me. For me it’s an excuse to play (more than welcome after another hard term!); to try out a few new things and to extend my knowledge a bit. But those others from school would I am sure would be at this stage in the conference thinking WOW! And that’s what we need more of in our school: More people with the understanding and skills and commitment to take these technologies into their curriculum areas and do exciting stuff.
Oscar was saying earlier how he had done a workshop with kids in a school; a mixture of the talented and gifted and those on the verge of permanent exclusion. He said that after the workshop had ended he still had no idea which were which… I suspect that’s probably exaggerating the situation slightly, but still, it’s something to bear in mind. What if, for example, we ran that QCA project again this year but combined the more able with the disaffected? What would the results be like? How would it affect their attitudes and relationships? I really want to try that out now.
We are supposed to come up with some ideas for projects for tomorrow, but at this time of the term I am all idea-ed out.