Education Blog

Community Partners Week: A Finale to Summer @ the Lab!

By Darrel Swann, Senior Faculty, Program and Curriculum Development, Teaching Assistant Manager 09.28.18

During the week of August 13, local community organizations brought 4th and 5th grade students to the JBFC Media Arts Lab for an exciting day of animation and filmmaking.

Groups from WestHab, Ossining Children's Center, and the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester arrived at the Media Arts Lab bright and early for a morning of amazing animated short films like Game Changer, a story about a wrestling action-figure who's quick to judge his would-be owner. After discussing some of the techniques used in the films, students got a chance to try their hand at animation, improvisation, and foley during the round-robin-style morning activities.

After a quick lunch break, students watched the live-action short film Bunny New Girl, and then worked in small groups to complete a Lab classic: a Film Challenge. Counselors from each organization did an amazing job leading teams in the film challenge and JBFC volunteers and Teaching Assistants were on hand throughout the day to teach new techniques, demonstrate skills, and answer questions.

Each group finished the day with JBFC popcorn, straight from our Theater up the street, and a chance to screen their brand new short films in our screening room.

This program was made possible by a grant from The Readers Digest Foundation and a number of individual donors.