On June 16, students, faculty, staff, and members of the community gathered in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Lower School for the 2014 Five Minute Film Festival showcasing original short movies by students in grades 2–6. The annual event is an opportunity for students to demonstrate the skills and knowledge acquired during the school year in their media and technology classes.
The participants are allowed to work as a class, in a small group, or individually, and as the event title indicates, each production must be five minutes long or less. At the beginning of the project, the person or team first submits a video proposal to Media Studies and Instructional Technology teacher Cortney Propper describing the film’s genre, purpose, setting, characters, style, message, target audience, concept, and summary of story. “As with any serious film festival, the projects ranged from comedies to dramas to thought-provoking documentaries,” Cortney said. “The creativity was delightful, and the acting and level of detail was impressive.”
Each student received a “Rosscar” for their outstanding productions, and a panel of judges consisting of Lower School teachers and administrators awarded additional prizes for Best Comedy; Best Drama; Best Documentary; Best Informational Video; Best Screenplay; Best Video Soundtrack; Best Animation; Best Set, Costumes and Prop Design; Best Action Sequence; and Best Ensemble Cast.
The following films were shown at the Festival: Earth Systems by the second grade Interior Garden of Interest and Car Wreck by third graders Samantha, Olivia, and Owen Candy for Christmas by fourth graders Bianca, Marielle, Lily, and Sophie Futuristic by fourth graders Everett, Elyse, Hope, Ella, Tor, Gabe, Isabella, and Marrina Try Not to Laugh by fourth graders Lukas, Tor, and Austin Magic Exists by fifth graders Lilah, Marilyn, Marnie, Zizi, and Taylor Wolf Wars by fifth grader Harry Tourism Through the Eyes of Locals by sixth grader Ella #GenerationHashtag by sixth graders Ava and Olivia
Bravo, Lower School filmmakers!