In just 10 weeks, 4th through 6th grade students at Teresa Hughes Elementary school in Los Angeles created four short silent films with the guidance of UAP teaching artist Elliot Montague. Students closely studied the works of Charlie Chaplin and George Melies – learning detailed set and costume design and theatrical acting. Students learned every aspect of “script to screen” filmmaking – taking on roles in writing, set design, prop, camera, lighting, editing, talent and wardrobe & makeup departments. They worked closely with volunteers from Mattel and their classroom teachers to create films that integrated their core classroom subjects – from Ancient Egypt to immigration during the turn of the century. In December, the students celebrated their films to a packed auditorium with their friends and family at the 2nd Annual Teresa Hughes Film Festival.
View the videos here!