Odyssey & Hero's Journey
Odyssey Text | Mythological Model
Some teachers may cover both the text and the model while others only focus on the model. The project includes a written (essay and creative script) and project (movie) component. Students write an essay on the text (Odyssey, Things Fall Apart, White Fang, etc) and create original films based on the Hero's Journey model. Students will also examine movie clips that explore this story structure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZxs_jGN7Pg. The teacher then collects the best submissions.
Book on iTunes | Red Carpet Premiere
1) Book. The teachers will collect the best student samples of essays, scripts, and movies. Then I combine them to publish in an interactive book using iBooks Author. This creates a global audience for the students' work.
2) Premiere. By either partnering with a local movie theater or showing them in the school auditorium, the best student movies will receive an audience that provides instant feedback, recognition, and validation. A global component would be to record the red carpet event via Periscope in order to connect all the premieres.
Art | Video | Music | Foreign Language
With the movie premiere the project opens the possibility of interdisciplinary work. Art students can create movie posters for the top movies. Video production/ yearbook can promote the films through short talk show clips aired online or through the school's network. Music production can create a soundtrack. Foreign language classes can work on translating the scripts so that student can create subtitles.
Movie Theater | Companies | Experts
This project offers an excuse and a valid purpose for inviting the community in to collaborate with the school. By meeting with a local movie theater to premiere the student movies, you set up an awesome opportunity for students to showcase their work. You can also reach out to companies in the area in order to help prepare with supplies needed, even if it is just a couple of cans of chroma key green to help with filming in green screen. Finally, you can ask video experts from local colleges, district media, local media, or production companies to come in to work with students either during class or on a Saturday.
Connect with Classrooms around World
Teachers will have four different ways to be a part of the project.
1) Simply collect the best student materials.
2) Partner with one other teacher who has same timeline in order to have students peer edit the scripts.
3) Partner with another teacher for peer edits and student filming. Students will form their project group with students from the other school to create a single movie using combined video clips and possibly green screen.
4) Partner with another teacher for peer editing and student filming using Minecraft. Students will form their project group with students from the other school to create a single movie using Minecraft as the setting to tell their story.