MS May Term Film to be Screened at Festival

Posted on March 2nd, 2014 by aragan

Lights! Cameras! New York City!                                                                     

Last May, nine Allendale Columbia Middle School students participated in a contest to create a 90-second film of a Newbery Award-winning book. Their 90-second version of Sid Fleischman’s The Whipping Boy is now one of a select group of videos created by young people nation-wide to be screened as part of the 3rd Annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival in New York City on March 22nd at the New York Public Library.

Our students’ film was the final product of a “Real and Relevant” course offered during AC’s first-ever May Term program last spring. Meeting three hours a day during the six day May Term, they wrote a script, prepared story boards, scouted locations, and casted the actors—including our Head of School, Mr. Gee.  The students then directed, filmed, and edited their project. Our students also acted in the video, and one even performed the piano parts of the musical soundtrack.

In response to our students’ submission, James Kennedy, Newbery Award-winning author and curator of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, wrote, “Thank you so much for a superlative Whipping Boy 90-Second Newbery! I loved it!” In a glowing critique, he complimented our students for their enthusiastic acting, the music and sound effects, and the costumes, locations, special effects, and humor. For more information about the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, click here.

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