May 17

Capstone #4 – Site Visit

One of the requirements for capstone is a site visit i did my site visit on friday the 12th May 2016. I went to a place called Group Nine Media. Group Nine Media is a group of organisations, these organisations are; The Dodo, Thrillist, NowThis, and Seeker. when I was inside the building it didn’t seem to interesting but I talked to a couple of people and they helped me answer most of my sub questions, for example now I know how they do most stunts and what materials the use for the stunts. Overall they were really nice to and helped me a lot.


May 16

Capstone #3 – Interviewing

One of the requirements for capstone is interviewing a expert on your topic, I interviewed my aunt, Suzanne Kolb. Suzanne Kolb has worked in the TV business for a long time. For example first she worked ar E! entertainment, then worked at Fox, and now she works at Group Nine Media. Getting the interview scheduled was not that hard all I did was Email her and she said we could meet at group nine media headquarters on 5/12.

When we met we went into a room so we could do the interview without other people I asked her my questions and I think her answers helped a lot. these were my questions, What is your experience/knowledge with safety on TV and film sets? I did some research and found out that at the moment you are working at a organisation called Group Nine Media, what does Group Nine Media do and what is your involvement in that? My main question that I have to answer for my capstone is, “How can safety be improved in TV & film sets?” Do you think it needs to be improved if so then why? Do you know any recurring safety problems and why? Do you know any people who have been hurt? How do stunt doubles affect stunts? What equipment is used to make stunts? How do budgets affect stunts? Do you think that editing can improve stunts and how? What genre of films/tv show do you think is the most dangerous? If an actor gets hurt, who is responsible to pay for the health care? Anything else you would like to add that you think will help me?

Overall I think the interview went well and it was very helpful.


May 4

Capstone #2 – Choosing Sub-Questions

Because my topic is Films and my main inquiry question is how safety can be improved my sub questions are: What famous people have been hurt?, What are some recurring problems in safety?, How can editing change stunts?, What equipment is used to make stunts?, and How do budget cuts affect stunts?  I don’t have to include all the questions in my final product because the point of the sub questions is to help me answer my main inquiry question. The hardest question to answer was what are some recurring problems in safety. I am excited to work with my main inquiry question and sub questions in the future.

April 25

Capstone #1 – Chosing a topic

In my school, one of the biggest fifth grade projects is making a Capstone. A Capstone is a presentation or video showing what you know about a specific topic. On monday I was assigned to come up with a topic for my Capstone I chose television show production because I know a lot about it and I can interview my aunt because she has worked in the television business for a while now. I like this topic because it is very interesting to me and I like to watch television. My main inquiry question is going to be, how can the film stunts and shots be more safe? I will most likely do a presentation format because it is a three minute presentation on Google Slides a program that I know very well, I will have twelve fifteen second. I think that the athletic stunts are too dangerous so it might be improved by CGI editing and also safer equipment. I am very exited to start Capstone and i’m hoping it will go well for me.

April 21

Poetry Unit

I personaly like the poetry unit because it is really fun to write poems and I think I am pretty good at it my favorite poems are the funny ones I have wrote a lot of poems and I like doing it. Everyone had to make a where i’m from poem witch is a poem about your origins this is my where i’m from poem.

I am from

A piano that plays a soft smooth melody

From books and bookmarks

I am from a land of chaos

And yells and screams of anger

I am from a loud house but silent street

I am from a cherry tree

Whose roots are strong as iron

From Kolb and Cheevers

And from crazy and annoying

I am from a Thanksgiving feast

From turkey and potatoes

I am from doctors and lawyers

From a little pig toy

I am from a train and a car

I am from the moments of pain and misery

I am from a land of chaos

I am Matthew
-by Matthew

Overall the poetry unit is really fun and I want to do more of it.

April 21

Immagration Unit

During the immigration unit my main assignment had to pick a country in the 1890’s – 1930’s make up a person from those times and make a realistic video on  I chose france 1910 in Le Mans my person was Louis Petit. He had a brother named Hugo, a sister named Angelique, a mom named Marie, and a dad named Leo. He leaves because of poverty and wanting a new life. he has to pack and say goodbye to Astor, his cousin. He takes a train to Havre, France aand takes a boat called the S.S. Chicago. When he gets to Ellis Island he gets very confused but over his course of time on Ellis Island he gets less confused. In the aftermath he is happy with his new life but when he figures out that Astor died he gets very sad. Overall the immigration assignment was great.

March 20

Sphero lesson 2.0 – 3.0 March 17

I think that my second and third Sphero lessons did much better than my first because we did not have technical difficulties and it just went smoother. First after they signed in we would teach them how to do a rectangle then we taught them about loop and reset aim. then we made them use a ramp. This was hard for them but they did it. Our First group was better but they were both great. Overall the second and third lesson did a lot better than the first. Here is an image of my group working, I am  taping a ramp down well everyone else is working on the program.

March 10

Sphero Lesson 1.0 March 8th

I think our first sphero lesson was good except for the technical difficulties our first group Matthew and Zach were better than Jack and Megan (our second group) We got everything done so i’m very happy. I was scared that I would mess up before but then I stop feeling that. during the lesson we taught my groop roll and how to make a square. they understood it well. at the end we showed them the fortune teller program and they liked it. Overall it was a great experience.

January 23

Rube Goldberg 6

Yesterday Leo and I got together to finish our Rube Goldberg. After we recorded we decided not to include all twenty four attempts, just the first and last. Editing was hard, but when I finished the soundtrack was great and the cuts and words worked well, too.

Overall, I think that Leo and I did a great job on our Rube Goldberg machine, we were very happy that we finished it because we spent a lot of time building and recording.