Posts tagged with "movie"
Last Friday we had our first-ever Mini Teen Film Fest!
We had a blast gathering in the Hub to watch all the submissions of movies that were 1 minute or less. TAB, our Teen Advisory Board, was also there to judge the films and decide who would be awarded iTunes gift cards and the bragging rights that go with each winner's title.
Here is the list of the prize-winning categories and the films that went with them! Congrats to all the filmmakers for making this such a fun, film-filled night!
Emmy P. for Modern Pan
Here's a picture of Emmy with her iTunes gift cards. She took a photo in our Photo Booth for <3 Your Library Month!
Best Overall Film
Emmy P. for Modern Pan
Best Mini-Themed Film
Peyton M. for Unknown Army
Best Animated or Stop-Motion Film
Melanie T. for A Lady
Best Use of Special Effects
Connor D. for Sea Battle
Most Replay-Button Worthy
David R. for Lego Gentlemen
Best Live Action Video
Will G. and Kevin J. for Epic
Watch all the films we watched that night in the playlist below.
We had a great time at the Holiday Movie Roast program on Friday night. As you can see, we decorated some holiday cookies and busted out our ugliest sweaters (congratulations to contest winners Tessa and Miranda!). The true fun of the evening was roasting the insanely cheesy and unintentionally-hilarious Jingle All the Way. We sent our snark out in the form of text messages, which appeared on the screen with scenes like this:
As you can imagine, finding material to make fun of wasn't too hard. It is almost definitely the most fun anyone has ever had while watching Jingle All the Way.
This past Saturday, teens met in the Training Center at the library to use video editing and effects tools to add Star Wars special effects to some videos. We started with footage of some Star Wars finger puppets (made as part of the DIY craft in the HUB this month) in front of a green screen, like this:
Then we used a new tool on library computers called SaberFX that let us draw different visual effects over the footage, like light sabers, blasters, explosions, and lightning. Then we rendered those videos and used iMovie to edit them, add backgrounds over the green screen, and add music and sound effects. We ended up with some pretty great quick videos with really creative ideas. (I don't know if Jabba the Hutt will be able to shoot lightning out of his eyeballs in the new movies, but he really should.) Check some out below, and be sure to come by and try out the software yourself. Maybe for your submission to the 8th Annual Teen Film Fest?
Ho hey! (Good song! But I definitely prefer the Chickeneers version!)
Have you watched the new The Perks of Being a Wallflower movie? It’s the one starring Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller, Nina Dobrev, and Emma Watson. It came out on DVD and Blu-Ray recently, and I just had the opportunity to watch it over the weekend. This may not sound like a big deal, but it was a big deal.
Like many movies that come out lately, this one is based on a book. The book is called (whaddyaknow) The Perks of Being a Wallflower written by Stephen Chbosky. Now why was it such a big deal to watch this movie based on this book? Well… it’s because I love this book. You know the feeling, right? If not, see below.
You love a book when:
1. You instantly click with the main character in the first few chapters.
2. You feel like you really know the people in the story by the middle.
3. You wonder what happens to them after you read the last page.
I love this book like that. And, I didn’t want questionable acting or crazy amounts of added action to ruin the story as it was. But since the film was written and directed by the author of the novel, I knew that there was a possibility that it would be ok. Just… maybe.
Verdict? The film did the book justice. Some scenes were changed, some scenes were taken out, and some scenes were exactly as I imagined them. If you go to high school in the suburbs, I think you’ll find certain sets like the football game and the cafeteria eerily accurate. And if your high school experience is like mine was, you'll definitely feel for Charlie as he tries to dance awkwardly at homecoming. All in all, the spirit of the film was spot-on with the spirit of the book. More than that, you could tell that making the film was a labor of love. And, as one would say here on the internet, “It gave me all the feels!”
So yeah, it's kind of a relief. I can live happily knowing that one of my favorite books has a great movie counterpart. Now I'll just have to worry about the The Fault in Our Stars movie!
Yesterday, we learned some basic movie-making principles and explored the equipment and resources the library has to offer. Then, each team was given a filming assignment with specific instructions to hone their visual thinking skills. Here's one of the videos that resulted: the challenge was to film a subject ascending and descending stairs. Heather H., Lynette H., and Emma K., great job!
Want to learn more about film-making? Come into the Hub for help with your film, to use video editing software, or to check out cameras, tripods, and more!
We're accepting submissions for the 8th Annual Film Fest! Get the specs and register for upcoming film-making class here.
Teen filmmakers put their skills to the test on Friday at Let's Make a Movie. This past Tuesday, members of the Inklings creative writing summer volunteer squad wrote some short film scripts. (You can read their awesome work here.) Teens split into groups, and each one got one of those screenplays and had only three hours to plan, film, and edit the whole thing. On top of that, each group had a different FILMMAKER CHALLENGE, like every shot had to be from a character's point of view, or the whole movie had to be in black and white and silent. Everyone got down to work, using the whole library as their movie studio. We ended up with a bunch of potential submissions to the 8th Annual Teen Film Fest (I'm certain we'll be seeing a few of them there)! Below, you can see behind-the-scenes photos from filmming and editing, as well as some tantalizing stills from some of the movies.