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Summer SAVY 2016 (Session 2, Day 1) – From Page to Screen

Posted by on Monday, June 20, 2016 in Grade 5, Grade 6, SAVY.

It’s a shame text written in the color yellow is impossible to read, as this should probably all be that very color!  Why?  Because today was an exciting and happy first day in “From Page to Screen,” and our students almost unanimously agreed that only that shade would do for such emotions.

A film adaptation is made up of many different parts, and today students explored those building blocks.  First, students got a feel for how important perspective is by seeing the classroom from many different angles.  It’s not just about location around the circle, but also about height and proximity to others.  It’s incredible what even a few feet can do to how a person feels in a room.

From there, students tried to capture various emotions in single colors.  In the beginning, it was easy – happiness is yellow, sadness is blue or purple, anger is red, and so on.  As students began to discuss more complex emotions – boredom, anxiety, etc. – the colors began to spread out.  Different students had different reasons for picking different hues, and it became clear that everyone brings something unique to the viewing experience.  It’s almost less about choosing specific colors for emotions and more making sure that there is contrast between those emotions.

Once these two pieces were thoroughly explored, students read their first story.  The Velveteen Rabbit has been illustrated dozens of times, and students had to use their newfound knowledge of color and perspective to decide which artist best captured the original words.  While there was no clear winner, students did develop the language necessary to discuss more complicated, moving pictures in the days ahead.

Tomorrow – our first filmed adaptation!  Stay tuned!