Have you ever directed a film? How about when you were sixteen? Have you ever made a music video in New York City? These Winchendon students did. Seven students, from two campuses, came together in the same classroom with one goal in mind: to help each other make their films. This ColLAB fulfilled the promise of two campuses, one school.
Students in this ColLAB were pushed through the five stages of video production: writing, planning, filming, editing, and screening.
In the ColLAB preparation days leading up to January, the students wrote their scripts and watched music videos and short films made by other students their age. They even had visiting filmmakers from Winchendon’s French exchange program screen films in class and talk about the Filmmaking process.
Next, students on both campuses planned their films. They wrote shot lists, drew storyboards, and made prototypes of their films.
On the second day of production, the entire class came together for five hours to film Sydney’s music video.
Before editing our films, our class was invited by Grethe Holby, an Opera Director here in NYC, and Arthur Elgort, her husband, a photographer, to visit their studios in Manhattan. Grethe Holby also introduced us to “Bounce. The Basketball Opera”. It was the highlight of our trip. We are so thankful.
The final stage of any film is when you screen it to an audience, your friends and family. At the Winchendon School, our ColLAB program ends in a symposium where students showcase their work and receive feedback from their peers.