Wednesday, July 27, 2011

PNG Week 6 - Musicology

This week the crew swsitched gears from video to audio.  Our students tried their hands at song-smithing using Mixcraft 5.  The results were... mixed.

Some students took to making songs like fish take to water.  Others took to making songs like fish take to sushi.  Fortunately we kinda saw that coming so we introduced our less musically inclined students to Mixcraft's Loop Library.  Simply drag and drop some samples together and you have an instant song!

Here's an example of a work in progress from one of our more industrious students.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

PNG Week 5 - The Editing Room Floor

The masterpiece has been shot.  The film is in the can.  Now it's time for our prodigious mini-Spielbergs to craft the footage they shot into an actual movie, like a sculptor removing excess clay.

This year we are using Mixcraft 5 to edit our movies, which is a bit unorthodox, but using this software to edit our movies will give the students plenty of practice for when we switch over to creating our musical masterpieces in the next unit.

Everyone is putting together their own movie at this point, but we'll post the Mentor edit here soon.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

PNG Week 4 - Lights Camera Action!

This week the PNG students dove head first into filming their movie!

We decided to recreate part of the famous library scene from the movie Ghostbusters.

The kids did a great job and the end result will be viewable on YouTube soon.  In the meantime, here's a clip:

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

PNG Week 3 - Summer Movie Madness!!

This week, we got into the spirit of the Summer movie blockbuster! 

First we finished up the projects we were working on last week and showcasing some of our awesome Photo-Chopping techniques.
 Next we are teaching the kids the principles of using video cameras and how movies are constructed and edited.

This year, instead of turning the kids loose we are reigning in their creative talents and having them re-create one of the greatest library scenes in cinematic history.  GHOSTBUSTERS!