So instead of watching the library staff do really fun things with our pop-up digital studio and equipment, like playing pac-man on a computer using a hand drawn controller (If you come play with us on Saturday during our Open Tech House we’ll show you how *Shameless Plug*)
We thought you might like to see something that our kids did! During Berthoud Spring Break for 2014, the library put on its very own mini-camp called Camp Green Screen. For one week, middle-school aged kiddos hung out with us cool librarians, and together we wrote a screenplay, learned the basics of filming, photography, made a soundtrack and put together a mini film: “Verpiter”!
The kids had an absolute blast, as did the staff, and I think that we all learned quite a bit. I think one of the main things our kids took away was the power of teamwork. Without teamwork, there was no continuity, things were stressful and it wasn’t as much fun, but when everyone was working together in areas that they enjoyed (one girl didn’t want to be on screen at all, but she loved the idea of being behind the camera and helping with costumes), another student stayed after filming every single day to work on an original piece he created using Garageband (featured during the credits).
We as staff also learned a lot of important things too – I think the big thing we realized during this filming process was that you can’t cut corners. It’s not enough to have the green screen up; you have to make sure the wrinkles are gone and that you have proper lighting. You have to be willing to improvise whenever the need arises (one staff member ended up donning a full green screen suit and acting out a part with a stuffed elephant).
But most importantly, I think we all learned to just relax and have fun, and take notes and we’ll be back next year to give you another great film by our Camp Green Screen!
We know we already posted this right after it was finished, but we would really like to revisit it and just highlight all of the fun things we were able to do and the time we got to spend with our younger library users. So, without further ago, we present: “VERPITER”!:
Also! As an extra bonus, for our itty bitty kiddies we made a special video highlighting the adventures of the stuffed animal sleepover we hosted over spring break! (Toy Story, anyone?)