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School: High Tech High

City/State: San Diego, CA

Grade(s): 12

Format(s): Performance: General

Subject(s): English Language Arts, Performing Arts, Science and Technology, Visual Arts

Project Overview

Twelfth-grade students at High Tech High in San Diego, California presented silent film productions with live sound performances at the Sushi Performance Art Center in downtown San Diego.
Each student group adapted a short story (by classic and contemporary authors) into a 5-minute film. The films screened were completely silent; all live sound came from the students’ performances of original scores, Foley work, and turntable mixes.

In groups of 4-5 members, students were asked to direct, edit, tape and design films that delivered audiences a truly cinematic experience. Once the silent films were shot and completed, student groups were then asked to develop a live sound design and music performance group. Their goal was to bring their stories to life through strategic audio choices. For many students, the equipment, software and media approaches were brand new to their learning experiences. The videos can be viewed here.

How This Project Can Be Useful

  • Highlights students learning and using new production skills in both sound and film
  • Excellent example of a multimedia project that shows how literature relates to film
  • Demonstrates how new technologies can be used to integrate subject matter

Relevant Resources

Common Core State Standards

Standard Long Term Learning Target
  • I can integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information in a variety of formats and media to address a question or solve a problem.
  • I can corroborate or challenge conclusions with other sources of information.
  • I can resolve conflicting information when possible.
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