30-second Me

"Students created short films comprised of 30, one-second shots which, taken together, tell the story of themselves and the places they frequent. Students wrestled with technical questions: What should I shoot? From what angle? How do I edit shots together? What music should accompany the images?"

In a recent New York Times  column entitled “Students Learn from People They Love,” columnist David Brooks reminds us that “children learn from people they love, and that love in this context means willing the good of another, and offering active care for the whole person.” Indeed, offering active care for the whole person is central to Lovett’s mission and purpose.  Witness the artful integration of emotional care, concern for the whole child, and course content in the first assignment of the semester for students enrolled in David Silverman’s Upper School Motion Picture Production course.

In their first assignment of the semester, students created short films comprised of 30, one-second shots which, taken together, tell the story of themselves and the places they frequent. Students wrestled with technical questions: What should I shoot? From what angle? How do I edit shots together? What music should accompany the images?

They also wrestled with more fundamental questions that required reflection and vulnerability: What matters to me? What aspects of myself am I willing to share? What am I not willing to share? Is my story authentic?

Students shared their final products with their classmates as both a means of introduction and an opportunity for critical feedback and were then given time in class for a formal personal reflection about the process.. They also shared this trailer--which allows you to watch all 10 films at once--with the entire Upper School community. Mr. Silverman commented that he relished this opportunity to get to know his students early on as both individuals and as creative agents--knowledge that will serve him and his students well throughout the semester.
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