Art and history combine in film project
Students at a Tech Valley High School in East Greenbush are creating animated videos that depict important scenes from history.
The several-week-long project has seen some students creating clay animation shorts, others using Lego figures and still others creating videos using different forms of technology.
During a recent class periods, students Linda Lee Navarette, Xena Pulliam and Kayla Delano are capturing photos of Lego characters recreating a Hitler rally using their laptops. The photos will be used to created an old-fashioned cartoon style animated video. Their efforts are shown in the picture to the right.
The students are working in small groups of three or four to create their films. The work started wit the students researching the conflicts and creating story boards of what they will film. The students then created sets for their films using clay, paper, toys and other materials. They are now filming the individual scenes and editing the material into a finished product, Coolidge said.
TVHS teacher Stacia Snow said the students developed their historical knowledge of the conflicts in GAME class, TVHS’ Global Analysis and Media Explorations class that combines history and English.
Teachers Thomas Morrill and Jen Hower will review the animated films when complete to judge their historical accuracy.