Just Playing Around

February 8th, 2009


Our after school stop-motion club, the Longfellow Ten, is continuing to churn out excellent short films about important literary terms. One of the best aspects of our club is experimentation. Practically every film is made in a new way. We’ve created stop-motion films this year using Windows Moviemaker, iMovie, PC’s and Macs, still images and video. We’ve used everything from clay, to old Lego characters, and now in this film shown above colored wax sticks. This week a few students are finishing production on our first human stop-motion film. Students have created their own songs to use as background music, as well as lots of sounds and tunes from the Freesound Project and ccmixter used with permission through Creative Commons. Basically, we’re just playing around.

The Longfellow Ten welcomes video submissions from other classrooms. Some 6th grade students in Massachusetts, calling themselves the Northern Contingent, have added some excellent films to the official LF10 website. If anyone wants to join up, please let us know. Even if you just want to make one movie. We would love to have more students from across the globe be part of the LF10, and help us in our mission to spread knowledge of important literary terms through absurd stop-motion films!

2 Responses to “Just Playing Around”

  1. 1 Ann Oro
    February 8th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Your timing is perfect. I was just going to ask you to tell me more about Longfellow Ten. My seventh grade students are just finishing up some animated fishbowls using The Gimp. I’ll have to talk with their teacher and see what type of literary terms they have been and are learning this year. Thanks for the background.

  2. 2 mrmayo
    February 8th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Hi Ann,

    Please let me know if you have any other questions. My LF10 students and I could also Skype with you and you’re students if you needed. Hope you consider joining the LF10, we need all the help we can get spreading knowledge of important literary terms! GO LF10!&*$#@!

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