The students of the May Term Film class wrote, shot, edited and presented their film "Fish Bowl" -- inspired by a television show you may have heard of. The film premiered at the May Term presentations on June 8, 2021. Watch their 6-Minute Video that won loud applause from the Upper School audience.
The May Term class on Connecting Through Culture displayed a number of the craft and art projects they created to help practice mindfulness and emotional health. See a Short Video of their displays and a Photo Gallery of their activities, which included journaling, painting plates, puzzles, painted rocks, craft boxes, mini-beach scenes, and colored paper shapes.
The 7th and 8th graders traditionally perform Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in Founders Theater. But this year, the challenge was to rehearse and perform the play with many of the students stuck at home. Music Director David Demand did an amazing job, working with Microsoft Teams, to gather, edit, and integrate audio and video from students' homes and the theater stage into this unique performance! See the Full Performance on YouTube (running time 72 minutes) beginning with each character's introduction.
Here's how David described the "interesting learning experience" of making this movie:
"First of all, we had students both distance learning and in person. This changed almost on a daily basis due to COVID and protocols. Because of this, sometimes we had to put everyone on their own computers to make the scene work or we had to skip a scene and go to the next one that had cast members available. We also had to endure the many network difficulties and outages that occurred as well as people freezing up, forcing us to reshoot multiple times. The stage was also a challenge. There were other classes that met in the theater, and there was a permanent work station set up in the front of the stage. The instrumental group also used the back of the stage, so we had to use only a side stage shot and cover up the equipment in the back. Jean Hardie (our director) was also remote and we had to hook her voice up into a monitor so that she could give directions to the kids on stage. We put a camera out in front so that she could see. All costumes had to be brought from home for the most part due to Covid, so we used bedsheets and made togas.
"Once we got through filming, which took a while due to the kids not being able to be together, we had to edit extensively, adding voice overs in some cases due to the bad audio quality of Microsoft teams. Oliver Ling help me quite a bit. I also added in effects, music, and transitions from scene to scene. I hope everyone can appreciate the effort."
Professional photographer and SGS alumna Maja Rodell led some of our high school students through a night photography class on Friday, April 30, with the help of Melanie Mildrew, Director of Outdoor & Community Service Programs. The students began their evening by wandering around campus in nature, learning about macro photography, ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. After a dinner from the grill, students took a Photoshop lesson to create double exposures that superimposed their portraits onto a starry sky. Once it was dark, long exposures were used so that students could "paint" with light, resulting in the beautiful images in this gallery. The light patterns were created using glow sticks and steel wool. One student even tried light painting in a kayak! The evening ended with s'mores and a "magic" colored fire. Everyone camped out on the Graduation Lawn and awoke to the loud chorus of springtime birds. See photo galleries of their best images of Campus in the Evening, of Double Exposures, of Painting with Light, and of the Magic Fire!
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