The annual Five-Minute Film Festival on June 12 celebrated original work produced by Ross School students in grades 2–6 in their Media and Technology classes. Working independently, in small groups, or as a class, the filmmakers first submitted a video proposal to Media Studies and Technology teacher Cortney Propper describing genre, setting, characters, and target audience.
Films this year included comedies, dramas, documentaries, and creative shorts showcasing techniques such as stop-motion animation. Students also demonstrated their understanding of the following media studies concepts:
- Media productions are constructions, and individuals make conscious and unconscious choices about what to include, what to leave out and how to present the content.
- Audiences negotiate meaning; it’s a collaboration between the producer and the audience.
- Each medium has a unique, aesthetic form.
The festival itself was a fun event that mirrored happenings at the famous Oscars gala—including the red carpet experience, the hush that fell over the audience as the actors appeared on the big screen, and “Rosscars” for the stellar films.
The filmmakers said it was interesting to watch the crowd respond to their productions. The videos were a mixed treat that had the audience rooting for “Catzilla” during a battle with a fierce rabbit one minute and following a fairy through a whimsical forest in the next. Other films, such as the second grade’s Earth Systems film, were influenced by school Science studies.
“The level of professionalism and commitment by the students is on the same level with big-production film. It’s wonderful to watch the creative gears turn as they ponder future careers in the industry,” Cortney said.