Posts tagged with "programs"
Last Friday, the HUB became the hottest karaoke stage in town! We had tons of kids sing some great songs by Bruno Mars, Imagine Dragons, and even a song from the movie Frozen. As you can see in the photos below, we had a lot of fun. A bunch of performers wore some pretty nifty costumes (provided by Arlington Heights' Metropolis Performing Arts Center) and some HUB staff was even persuaded to perform.
*Cue Epic Music*
It's time, ladies and gents. It's time to announce... THE RAFFLE WINNERS FOR MAKE IT: SUMMER 2013!
Many of you took on the Make It challenge, many of you even completed your MakerPads and received a coveted rubber duckie, but only four of you lucky Finishers were destined to have your raffle ticket pulled from the pile.
Before you scroll down to see if you've won (although I'm almost certain you already did... tsk-tsk), know that everyone did a great job this summer and we hope you had a blast completing your MakerPads!
OK. Onto the good stuff...
CONGRATS! Come on by The Hub and pick up a $50 Gift Certificate for either Maker SHED or ETSY. We have 2 Maker SHED and 2 ETSY Gift Certificates, so whoever comes in first gets their pick!
Hope to see you all in The Hub during this school year! Have a great first day of classes! May you be as happy as Loki riding in the back of a car!
The HUB was hopping last Friday night for the Mario Kart Wii Tournament! We had several Wiis, TVs, and a lot of excited teens revved up and ready to show off their Mario Kart skills. They bounced their karts on the mushrooms of Mushroom Gorge, dodged as many blue shells as possible (a difficult task), and attempted to not fall off of the Rainbow Road.
Alas, there can only be one winner in a tournament and he was lucky enough to walk away with a sweet NES controller messenger bag AND bragging rights!
Our second place winner won a Mario costume - giant mustache and all!
Mario Karting isn't all we did at the program either. While many were competing to stay in the tournament, others were creating Mario-inspired sweets out of Airheads. They were colorful, very sticky, and delicious!
All in all, it was a great Friday night! I mean there was pizza, candy, games, and friends! What more can you ask for?
Yesterday, a group of teens joined us for a whirlwind afternoon of filmmaking. We learned about a few ways to create interesting special effects like magically disappearing and floating objects in our hands with the help of iMovie. We even created some Instagram videos and watched some cool ones online. The last part of the program was spent creating stop motion videos using Stop Motion Studio Pro with Wikki Stix (our DIY Kit for the month) and Legos serving as our props.
This program, as well as our Pop-Up Video program next week are filmmaking programs to help you prepare for our Mini Teen Film Fest next month! Learn about how to submit an entry, film categories, prizes and more about the Mini Teen Film Fest here.
Want to see what we made? Check out the video of the films teens made at Mini Movie Madness below. They're all good candidates for the Mini Teen Film Fest!
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, a group of brave teens joined us for Super Awesome Action Hero, a teen program where we highlighted some of the different ways to create special effects for movies. At the program, they made their debut in front of The Studio's green screen, used an app called Action Movie FX (if you have a mobile iOS device, GET THIS APP!), and used iMovie to edit the whole thing!
What's great about special effects (especially green screening) is that you can create some seriously awesome, wacky shots — you can potentially be anywhere and do anything that your budget of $0 may not allow you to do otherwise. Behold...the inspired, action-packed, hilarious, and strange videos from our program!
If you're a teen filmmaker or are interested in teen films, you should totally come to the A.H. Teen Film Fest on August 16th. Submissions for the film fest (including emailing us the link to your film and sending in your form entry) are due this Friday the 9th! There'll be an after party just for teens from 7-9 p.m. and it'll be a blast! To find out more, click here!
So it's not exactly summer yet, but you can feel it in the air, right? We're finally putting away our coats and boots and bringing out the shorts and sandals! But, you ladies and gents probably know better than most that summer isn't just about the nice weather. It's also about all the extra free time you get to do things! This might mean finally reading that book, trying out that recipe, visiting a friend who lives far away, or writing the first pages of the next great American novel.
Well, I come bearing good news! Add making a film to that list of things you can finally do! Whether you're a full-on aspiring filmmaker or are curious but a little hesitant about filmmaking, you should take a chance, create a film, and submit it for the Arlington Heights Teen Film Fest! We are seriously excited to see what you can create — especially after seeing all the great short films in the festival last year.
So summer is on its way, and hopefully it'll inspire you to create something great!
Check out some of the highlights from last year's Teen Film Fest in the video below!
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.
Think back on the year. In 2013/2014 what video game has made the biggest impact?
arguable answer: Flappy Bird.
Sadly, it's no longer available in the App Store because the developer decided it was too addicting. But if you've never played before, you may be in luck. It looks like Flappy Bird may be coming back in an official way. Multiplayer Flappy Bird? WHAT?!
When Flappy Bird went away in February, there were a zillion (may be an overestimation) Flappy Bird clones made to fill the void. At the Use the Force: Code Your Own Video Game program, we created one of these clones and STAR WARS-ed it!
We created the game using a program called Construct 2 which you can download for free! The tutorial for making a Flappy Bird clone for Construct 2 can be found here.
We started out using an X-Wing in place of a bird, and Death Star pipes in place of Flappy Bird pipes.
And then we went Star Wars happy on all the different sprites....
Be careful, Boba Fett! Beware of the giant Chewies!
Want more Star Wars?
Come make a Chewbacca, Yoda, Darth Vader, C3PO and Jabba the Hutt finger puppet in The Hub's DIY area!