Posted by alice on 07.30.13

Are you submitting a film to the A.H. Teen Film Fest?  If not, you totally should!  It's going to be a fun night where we'll screen the films entered, hand out prizes, and have an awesome after party!  Click here if you want more details.
 
While you're shooting your film, you should consider the importance of lighting your actors and sets.  Depending on where the light source is coming from, you can really set a different mood for your scene.
 
Filmmaker Nacho Guzman created this video to illustrate how integral lighting is in making a film.  It provides a really interesting insight in the role light plays in film, and also is just super cool to watch.
 
 
 
 




Posted by alice on 07.25.13

Fork in the road
Oh yes, you read that right!  The Brooklyn-based band Chairlift released a choose your own adventure music video.  Just like the books you may have read when you were younger that allowed you to Choose Your Own Adventure, you click on the arrows when they appear on screen to choose which path the protagonist of the music video takes.  It's a fun idea for a music video and I'm digging the tune too, which is a total plus because I'm always looking for new music!
 
Take a look at the video here and maybe take a look at it again and again and again.  Who knows what the outcome will be for our lead singer/protagonist depending on which adventure you choose for her.
 
Also, for those of you who are Jane Austen lovers... you may be interested in a book called Lost in Austen.  It's a choose your own adventure-type book taking you through some of Austen's most notable works (e.g. Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma).  Tea time in the drawing room?  No thanks.  Party at Netherfield?  Yes, please!
 
Photo Credit: creativelenna
cool, recommended




Posted by alice on 07.16.13

First things first, watch the video below!
 
 
Did you ever think you'd be scared of Mary Poppins?  I mean, I guess she does make the Banks children eat gross tasting medicine (which is a scary prospect for anyone), but she usually follows that with a spoon full of sugar.  The Mary Poppins in the video above doesn't seem like the type to be sweet nor sweeten.
 
At Cut and Re-Cut, a program we had in the Training Center last Thursday, teens came in and created their own re-cut trailers for popular movies.  They had the choice between making Monsters Inc. into a horror movie or The Hunger Games into a rom-com.  Using some iMovie know-how, appropriate clips/music for our purposes, and SERIOUS creativity, the teens delivered great trailers!
 
You can view them in the playlist below!
 

 
Also, remember to check out our programs calendar for more awesome programs in the future!
 




Posted by alice on 07.12.13

I had to hijack Alice's account to share the following with all you teen readers out there:
 
Have you ever found yourself searching for the perfect word...and the word just doesn't exist? Especially when talking about books and your reading experiences? Kudos to YALSA Hub blogger Joel Bruns, whose list of YA lit vocab made me laugh but also nod my head and say "yep." Check these out (and start dropping them into your conversations with us in the AHML Hub):
 
Catastrafatigue: the feeling that one more catastrophe-riddled future world is more than you can stand
 
Seqhole: the empty feeling you get when you are waiting for the next book in a series to be released
 
Skimulate: pretending you’ve read a book when, in fact, you skimmed the back cover and maybe a few pages from each chapter. Also: bibliofake.
 
Errorist: person incapable of seeing anything but the weaknesses of every book they read
 
Lust Jacket: cover design that is so awesome you just can’t help but pick up the book. Antonym: bust jacket: a cover that makes you go “ewwww.”
 
Melodramamine: the feeling you get after gorging on drama-filled books
 
Supernaturillogical: when a writer endows a character in a book with special powers that are just ridiculous and/or unbelievable and/or just plain stupid
 
Dittopia: oh boy, another book set in a crumbling future America
 
Zombifad: right now
 
Afictionado: no, I don’t want to read your fan fiction of The Hunger Games from the point of view of Prim’s goat
 
Shock and Awwww: when you are dreading a book, read it anyway, and end up loving it
 
Check out Joel Brun's blog post here!
 
-Mary Ellen
 
geekout, wordplay




Posted by alice on 07.09.13

 
Oh my tweet!  We had some great submissions for the Tweet a Tale contest for June.  You ladies and gents did not have much space to write, but you all dared us to read in between the lines and get so much out of just 120 characters!  Kudos to everyone!  BUT... we can only have two winners, folks.
 
Behold... the winning tweets below!  Congrats!
 
For Best Comedy Story
 
For Best Horror Story
 
Want another shot at one of our contests? You're in luck! Check out this Photo Scavenger Hunt that's happening now and win another spectacular prize!
 




Posted by alice on 07.02.13

 
Who doesn't enjoy receiving a greeting card?  Birthday cards, Get Well cards, Just Sayin' Hello cards... they can all put a smile on the recipient's face.  
 
The greeting cards we created on Saturday at the DIY: LED Greeting Cards program must've put a huge, toothy smile on some special recipient's face then.  We used Bare Paint conductive ink, a battery, LEDs, and some knowledge of circuitry to create greeting cards that light up!
 
Missed the program or need a re-cap?  You can find the instructions on how to create your own LED Greeting Cards below, or, you can purchase a kit from sparkfun.com
 
1. Use the robot templates that come with the kit or create your own design on a blank paper.
2. Cut off a small strip of paper. This will be used for the “switch” later on.
3. Use the push pin to punch holes for the battery and LED prongs.
4. Trace the black lines on the templates (if using the robot drawings) with the Bare Paint pen.
5. WAIT FOR THE INK TO DRY!!!!
6. Place the battery into one of the pairs of holes and the LED into the other. Flatten them out at a 90 degree angle.
7. Make sure that the legs match, long LED leg to long battery leg and the same for the short legs.
8. Remember that strip of paper from step 2?  We’re using it now.  Glue it to the spot shown in the picture. This is how the “circuit” will be completed.
9. Add a blob of ink to the switch and wait for it to dry.
10. To turn it on simply press the switch down to complete the circuit!
 
As always, if you have any questions on this program, feel free to drop by The Hub and ask one of our staff!
 
DIY, DIY, programs




Posted by alice on 06.13.13

Come on by The HUB and say hello to Mary Ellen!  She'll be around The HUB this summer, keeping cool and being cool like the rest of us.  If you show her an awesome handshake, your best air guitar, or a funny YouTube video, you'll get some candy.  Yup... CANDY!
 
 
ME Podmokly - Volunteer
Likes: words, winks, accents, espionage, cool breezes, pretzels
Dislikes: gas prices, illegible handwriting, being photographed, my laugh
Loves: music, reading (dystopian, mystery, historical), sunshine and patios, water, festivals
Superpower: teen lie detector
Superpower wish: invisibility
 
Want to learn more about our other staff?  Click here, come in, and say hi!
new face




Posted by alice on 06.04.13


Attention all you writers out there!  Ready to get your creative juices flowing?  The Hub wants to challenge you to write an awesome, epic story!  The catch?  It has to be exactly 120 characters: no more, no less.

The Challenge: Write a comedy or horror story that consists of exactly 120 characters.

Requirements: Follow us @HUB500 and tweet it to us with the hashtag #ahmlwriter.  That should leave you 120 characters to write your story!

The Prize: A $20 gift card for AMC Theaters will be awarded to two winners.
  • 1 winner for Best Comedy Story
  • 1 winner for Best Horror Story
 
Submissions accepted from Now - June 30, 2013

Challenge accepted?  Challenge accepted!
 




Posted by alice on 05.28.13

A chill just ran down my spine and it's 73º out in Arlington Heights.  This can only mean one thing... it's time for finals.
 
Finals week was something I dreaded every semester.  A week of tests is not something I look forward to, personally.  But I know from speaking to the high schoolers who come into The Hub, that it's a time that some of you actually don't mind.  One last push of pure effort and then you're rewarded with summer vacation, after all!
 
Well if you're studying for finals in these next couple of weeks, I wanted to share some awesome study tools with you to (possibly) help you study!
 
Noises to Help You Study
 
Apps to Help You Study
 
A Place to Help You Study
We're transforming The Hub into a Finals Study Lounge!  So come by The Hub and get your study on!  We'll also have snacks from Whole Foods and special relaxation sessions!
 
Saturday, June 1 from 12:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Sunday, June 2 from 12:00 PM to 5:30 PM  [Therapy Dogs from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM]
Monday, June 3 from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday, June 4 from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM [Yoga Session from 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM]
Wednesday, June 5 from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM [Yoga Session from 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM]
Thursday, June 6 from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM
 




Posted by alice on 05.21.13

Teen Film Fest
 
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!