At school we finally finished our stop motion project! My group and I have been working sooo hard on our project and my group and I finished today! I am so excited that we finished first because we got to see what it looks like after we did a lot of work. I think that we finished first because our immigration movie wasn’t that long and our letter wasn’t that long. After we finished filming we had to import it to imovie.
The way that we recorded our voices onto imovie is we had this round recorder that stands up and we press play on that and on imovie. Audrey and I switched off saying the letter and it worked out really well.
In our imovie we printed out a paper guy and colored him in. Then we glued him to cardboard and we glued cardboard on the bottom to make him stand up. His name was Jonathan. We also printed out a paper “mother” and colored her in and did the same to her with the cardboard. She was Jonathan’s mother. They were on steerage. We made a bench made out of popsicle sticks for them to sit on. Then we had a green screen and painted the pizza box green until we got a steerage background. We made little pictures that we bring into the the immigration set while they talk about things like steerage, the dining rooms etc.
In school my teacher has been reading a book to my class and it’s called A Long Walk To Water by Lind Sue Park. Here are the questions my teacher gave us to answer:
1: What are the qualities of effective leadership?
2: How does Salva demonstrate these qualities?
How might Salva’s philosophy help you in your life?
Why is perseverance so important?
How can you better develop the ability to persevere?
The qualities of effective leadership are respect others, honesty, work as a team/teamwork, courage etc. One word that I think fits best for qualities of effective leadership is confidence. The reason why I think confidence is the best word to fit this is because you need to be confident and you need to show confidence if you are a leader of a group. I think Salva demonstrates these qualities by working as a team with his “group”. I think this because there is a lot of fighting going around and I think that Salva tries to work as a team to keep everybody safe although his uncle did get killed by the soldiers. He also fits the word confident a lot. He is so confident to be walking outside finding food and also being near the soldiers which could be very dangerous. Also he walks around with no shoes on which also could be very dangerous. He could hurt his foot by stepping on something that is prickly or is like a needle. I think that he is very confident to be doing all of these things outside.
Salva’s philosophy can help me in my life because if something is hard or scary for Salva like going near the soldiers he just does it and he has so much confidence. That can help me in my life because when something is hard, challenging or scary for me I can just think back to Salva and say to myself , “if Salva is doing something challenging for him and he just it and has so much confidence, why can’t I just do what I’m going to do with so much confidence?” Once I do that I will get used to that feeling and just go ahead and do the thing that is challenging for me with so much confidence in me. I feel that Salva is teaching a great lesson here which is to always persevere. This lesson is not just going to me, it is going everybody in the world. Perseverance is so important because you have to learn how to persevere if something is challenging for you and there are a lot of things in the world that are challenging. If you don’t learn how to persevere than a lot of things in the world will be a big obstacle for you. Even though overcoming your obstacle is a good thing because you learn a lot from it, it also could be a bad thing because then you won’t be able to do a lot of things in the world because you didn’t learn how to have perseverance. I think a good way to develop the ability to persevere is to go and try new and challenging things in the world that will make you have perseverance because than you will get the feeling and then things will be easier for you to do in the world.
Today we worked on some more immigration work. One of the problems that we had last time was we didn’t know who was going to say the letter. Our solution was Audrey and I are going to both say parts of the letter and we thought that would work after we thought more about it.
My group and I thought about this project more and we realized that it would be better if we made Jonathan and his mom standing up so that they can move around and not just sit the whole time. So we put a really small piece of popsicle stick on the bottom of the two characters so they would stand up. They didn’t fall over and it worked pretty well.
In class we started filming our immigration project although we came across some challenges along the way. In my group we made a letter that our character, Jonathan, “reads” and we are still deciding who will read the letter. Also we first set up our background/set against kids lockers and some of the kids were coming out and getting things from their locker. That meant that we couldn’t set up our project there so we had to find a new place to film. We found a quiet place against the brick wall which was perfect.
Next time we work on our project we will try to finish our project. Finding backgrounds are hard so we might spend a few minutes next time working on that. My group and I also might add some more narration and words for other people in my group to say.
The way we film is we have a little camera that is connected to a computer and we can angle the camera which ever way we want and we can see the way we are putting the camera on the computer. Every time we film we press the button on the computer and take a picture and keep taking pictures when we move things around the set.
Thats all we did today and I know we will get more things done the next time we work on this project. I can’t wait to see the final project all done!