Monday, November 26, 2007

Film Festival Wiki

This year we created a Wiki for our students to write and edit their scripts collaboratively. Then they embedded their movies ( a new feature in D Film - now Dvolver) on their own wiki page for other students to visit and leave comments there.

We have movies from three countries: Argentina, Brazil and Japan!!!

I'd like to thank José Antonio, Erika, Mary Hillis, Jesica, Leda, Patricia and Elida for their amazing job!!!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

This year we are going to choose a theme for the festival.
Let's pool ideas!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Saturday, November 18, 2006

A new group from Brazil

This is a new group that is going to take part in the festival.It´s a basic 4 group and it will send some films very soon.The students take English classes twice a week in Centro Interescolar de Línguas de Taguatinga in Brasilia, the capital.
We hope you enjoy our films

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Show time! / Teens-Pre Intermediate ARICANA Argentina

Enjoy our latest Computer Lab movies!

4th Adol Jr. (12 - 14 year olds) Pre-Intermediate
Our Planet by Ignacio and Rodrigo
Argentina-Brazil by Manuel and Juan Ignacio
The Hungry Bear by Ezequiel, Ilan and Lucho
Tommy vs. Jack by Aranzazú, Amira and Sofía
A Love Story by Tali and Victoria

4th aAdol Jr. (12 - 14 year olds) Pre-Intermediate
IN THE HEIGHT By Guillermina and Paula
A CHRISTMAS EVE By Agostina and Karina
THE SILLY MOVIE By Leonardo and Juan Manuel
A BAD CHRISTMAS…? By Pilar and Leonela

3rd Adol Jr. (12 -13 year olds) Pre - Intermadiate

The Monster's Mountain by Lucas, Ivo and Leandro
Love in the Hotel by Pablo and Pablo
The Mountain by Tomás and Nicolás
Saving Christmas by Virginia and Luisina

Teachers: Jesica and Carla R.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Show time! / Teens-Elementary ARICANA Argentina

Check out our Computer Lab students' movies

2nd Adol. Jr. (12 - 13 year olds) Elementary
Where is my food? by Agustin and Juan Cruz
Hypnosis by Guillermina and Marco
Crazy Cat by Paula, Yoana and Pablo

2nd Adol. Jr. (12-13 year olds) Elementary
17th Dimension By Lautaro and Ezequiel
Idol Mystery By Juan
Treasure Hunt By Lisandro and Diego
The Perfect Movie By Ulises
The False Movie By Iván and Francisco
Lula and Sol By Luisina and Sol
A Romantic Movie By Julia and Vanesa
THE IDOL CAT By Gimena, Maria Eugenia and Sofia

2nd Adol. Sr. (14 - 16 year olds) Elementary
A Day on the Desert by Ramiro and Fabián
Cupido, the Angel by Liliana, Gina and Sofía
He, She and the Bear by Mary and Geraldine
The Monster by Sabri, Marcos y Flavio
You’re Wrong by Valentino and Ramiro

Buy your tickets and enjoy! Jesica and Carla R.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Uberlândia - BRAZIL

I´d like to introduce some of our students who are getting ready for the film festival. We live in Uberlândia, Minas Gerais in the centre of Brazil.
This group of students has a blog too, so why don´t you drop by and see what we´ve been doing?

FILMS READYWell, Brazilians are not very happy with what Bush is doing in the world. You can see that very clearly from the films these students have created. The task was to ask students to create a dialogue in which they used indirect questions.
Bush and his secrets by Diego and Lorscheider
Just Bush by Carmem and Julia

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Let's choose a poster

These are some possible posters (designs) I created with
Vote for your favorite poster or create another one!

Friday, September 01, 2006

Brazil is In!

Dear friends,

I'm Carla Arena, an English teacher in Brasilia, Brazil, and I just wanted to let you know that our Brazilian team is getting set to take part in this wonderful festival. Wait to hear more from us soon!!!

Carla and Teachers Núria and Fabiane.

Call for Cartoons

Dear all,

We are ready to launch our first International Cartoon Festival.

Check out our Call for Cartoons!

We look forward to receiving lots of productions from all over the world!!!

Monday, July 24, 2006

Minutes later...

Breaking news!! There's a New! Beta 2.0 Version in Digital Films.comI had not seen or was not there this afternoon. (The ever changing nature of the web!) It has some advanced features such as the possibility of adding props, more backgrounds and customizing the characters.
It seems the problem with the font has been solved, too! Magic!!

I don't have time to review all its features right now. It's 3 a.m. and I have classes tomorrow.

Want to give it a try? ;)

Another Movie Maker

Here’s another online movie maker: Digital
Its tool editor has similar features to DFilm’s, although the design is not as stylish. You may create a movie without registering. However, if you register, movies can be saved and edited at any time.(A great advantage!) Registration is very simple and straightforward, the password is not sent to your e-mail account, you just create one yourself and move on.

Tool Editor: Actions (4), background, sky, characters (2), text lines. Also, presentation, music and credits.
Characters: five (only people).

Another possible drawback is the fact that the text font is blue and it doesn’t appear in a speech bubble (with a white background), which makes it difficult to read on a dark background.

Do you think it could be suitable to use with our students?
Can you find any other features that are worth mentioning?

Give it a try and let us know!

Carla R.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Words of wisdom…

As Hala suggested, we should ask the experts. Well… How about George Lucas? Yes, the filmmaker! He’s the founder and chairman of an Educational Organization called Edutopia that encourages innovation and technology integration in schools.

Click on this link , click on Play Video and then on:

George Lucas: The new language of learning, where he discusses the importance of art to develop communication skills. Even if he has English as L1 in mind, I’m sure you’ll find some concepts and ideas that are relevant to our teaching situation.

Thanks Graham, Carla and Erika for sparking this initiative!

More soon…

A new project!

Dear LwCers,

Let's make the most of these animation applications or movie makers. They will surely provide a way to stretch our students' imagination, creativity and writing skills, plus the excitement of having a real and international audience for their films.

Find a short description of some of the main characteristics of each site below and see which the most suitable for your class is.

Zimmer Twins
Based on a popular Canadian Cartoon.
Requires short registration and a password, which is sent to your e-mail account.
Target audience: Kids – pre-teens
Tool Editor : Animation Clips: talk bubbles, action, close-up, star.
Sentence close- up (ss. use the language even to edit action scenes), Timeline. (See: "How to make a movie" clip)
Characters : only the cartoon characters : the twins, Eva and Edgar and 13 (the cat).

Special features :
· Some movies are shown (good to give ss. an idea of what a movie would be like).
· Optional movie starters! Ss. can continue the story.
· Comments to each movie can be submitted.
· There are special guidelines on the expected behavior of members. The Flag feature is provided to notify the administrators of unproper behavior shown either in the comments section or the movie itself.

No registration needed.
Target audience: older teenagers, young adults
Tool editor : features : background, sky, plot (i.e. character interaction), characters (2), text, background music, presentation.
Characters : wider variety : 32 (including animals, creatures and some famous people) some traits and information about each one provided.
· Possibility of submitting your own character!? (templates provided)

Special features :
· Can be sent by mail.

Would you add any other characteristics?

Note: I've e-mailed the producer, Bart Cheever, asking for a comment feature and the possibility of watching other people's films (a movie archive). Let's see what happens!

Now, it's our job to decide how to introduce this fascinating project to our students.
Group work? Script drafting? A topic for the whole class (or festival) or individual topics?

Let's pool ideas. The process has started!!