Saturday, June 17, 2017

Hockey Movie Reflection

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WE DID IT! Our hockey movie is finished and we showed it last week to students, staff, parents, other family members, and special visitors!  There were so many times throughout this entire process where I said, "I have no idea HOW this is going to get done!"  It truly did seem impossible!  

Once the script writing, scenery building, uniforms, and EVERYTHING else was done, we started filming.

We started with the locker room scenes.  For a locker room tour, click here.

On the chairs of the locker room are their skates (made out of socks,) and helmets, (made out of krispy kreme hats.)  The player's names are on the lockers along with a hat.

I made the coach a special shirt and I'm told she LOVES it!

Next we filmed all of our hockey scenes.  For a tour of our "rink," click here.  Then we filmed our short bus scene.  One of our AWESOME bus drivers stayed late one morning so we could use her bus.  (THANK YOU!)  

After all of the filming was done, I had a lot of editing to do.  I used Movavi Video Software.  Seriously, if you are going to be editing any sort of video, it's worth the money to purchase Movavi! I loved their product so much, I sent them the following letter:

Once everything was said and done, it was time to put together our movie theater!  We turned the gathering room into our movie theater!  Here's a quick video tour of our movie theater. 

Our amazing art teacher made the following for us:

Each student made a hockey stick.  We had this at the entrance to our theater.

Then it was time to get started!!!

Here comes our first guest!

Our ticket takers are ready!

Of course we had popcorn!

Our awesome art teacher is so excited to come to the movie!

First showing
Now, I tweeted and emailed pretty much EVERYONE associated with the Washington Capitals hoping I could get someone to come to the movie.  I wasn't going to get my hopes up, but I figured at least I could say I tried.  I am happy to say my efforts produced some results!

Caps play-by-play announcer, Joe Beninati, came to one of our movies on our movie premiere day!!  Caps reporter, Smokin' Al Koken came to one of our movies on our third day!!
MY STUDENTS WERE SOOOOOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!  (Okay, so was I!!!)  It was incredibly wonderful of them to take time out of their day to come out to our movie!

The response to our movie has been amazing!  Both Tim and I are hearing that people want a sequel next year!  We will have to wait and see!

We have parent permission to share the video.  So here it is!

Finally, our movie by the numbers:
  • 6+ months researching, planning, and putting together
  • 2.5 days of filming
  • Countless hours editing
  • 3 movie days
  • 12 movie showings
  • 500+ students viewed the movie
  • 39 happy students who will never forget this experience!
  • 1 tired, but very happy, teacher!
To see the process of our project, visit the links below.

Thank you to everyone for your help and support throughout this entire project!  I truly appreciate it all!

~Mrs. Lynch~

Saturday, May 20, 2017

It's CRUNCH time!

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I admit, I've been very worried lately.  With each passing day, we are closer to the end of the school year and I am panicking!  There is still so much to do and time is running out!  But, I will stop doubting myself and MAKE IT HAPPEN!

This has been an insanely busy week in hockey movie land!  If you had walked into my room this week, you would have seen MANY things going on!

Gatorade:  My students are VERY observant!  I've shown them hockey clips here and there and they have seen the players drinking Gatorade on the benches.  They decided the players in our movie need Gatorade bottles as well.  I provided them with pictures of Gatorade bottles as well as a whole bunch of random art supplies and they got to work:

I don't know why I don't have more pictures of them in action!  They've made close to a dozen Gatorade bottles!  They are working well together and are encouraging each other along the way.

Lockers:  I had a group of fourth graders come down.  I showed them pictures of the locker rooms.  We looked closely at the different sections of those lockers and decided on dimensions for our lockers.  The first day they worked on this, they measured and cut out their lockers.  They also drew the lines for the different sections.

The second day, they painted the lockers a light brown.

We will finish working on the lockers next week!

Fans in the stands: One of the pieces of scenery we need are fans in the stands.  We came up with a way to make sure everything was as even as possible and they got to work!  They made the lines for the rows and even made stairs!

After making the rows, they started drawing fans.  They didn't just drawn fans though!  Like I said, my students are very observant - they also drew food stands, bathrooms, signs, and other things that I am still discovering!

Side note:  Fourth graders are also making fans in the stands!

Aside from drawings the fans, I'm also incorporating real fan footage!  Once again, The Kindergarten Smorgasboard inspired me with his blog entry on green screen technology!  Between that entry, and something one of the third grade script writers said when she came to critique the script, a BRILLIANT idea formed in my brain:

Use green screen technology to record other people in the school cheering!  Check this out:

Both classes made the signs. I purchased a green screen from Amazon.  With some help from my incredible father in-law, we built a frame for the green screen out of PVC pipe.

We had a dance at school just over a week ago so I put the green screen up and took video of the students and their families cheering! This past week, I opened it up to all the classes in the school.  I had a pretty good response!  Lots of footage to use in our movie!

Sponsors:  Awhile back, the students really got into the advertisements that go around the rink.  They told me on multiple occasions that we needed to have advertisement posters around our rink.  I took a Capitals game day program (with Oshie on the front,) that my friend Eric gave me and picked 15 sponsors from there.  I printed out the logos and my students got to work:

I am SO impressed with how well my kids made these posters!  They were very proud of their work!

Before I close out, if anyone from the Caps organization is reading this, PLEASE view my video!  If you have connections to anyone from the Caps organization, please send that video their way.  Thanks!

To see the process of our project, visit the links below.

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Thank you for visiting!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Hockey Movie Reflection

Image from here WE DID IT! Our hockey movie is finished and we showed it last week to students, staff, parents, other family members,...