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Kids create late-night show at Desert Garden Montessori’s ‘movie camp’

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Posted: Monday, July 7, 2014 10:39 am

For the past three weeks, nine students have worked on their late-night show during Desert Garden Montessori’s Movie Camp.

Movie camp, which had a mixture of elementary and high-school students, was designed for students interested in working in front and behind the camera.

Students were exposed to different activities such as writing a script, shooting film, editing sketches and working on deadlines throughout the camp. They also decided what type of film they wanted to produce, and decided to film a late-night show, which they worked on Monday through Thursday for three hours a day.

During production days, each student worked on different projects for the late-night show. Some students shot sketches for the show, while others edited sketched that had already been filmed.

Bill Hall, who oversaw the camp, gave minimal input when students worked on the late-night show because he wanted students to have the freedom to create what they wanted.

Past camps have featured films with stories that didn’t have an ending, but students decided to narrow it down to a late-night show this year.

“It’s a chance for them to create a story,” he said.

While filming the late-night show, students learned to not get too emotionally attached to their sketches — some sketches worked well, while others didn’t make the grade.

“It’s very hard for a kid because to them, it all works,” Hall said.

He added it was also important for students to know their skill sets from working with or without a script.

Students also learned how to be comfortable in front of a camera, and others learned the technology aspect of shooting and editing film.

“I think it’s a challenge for them at this age to accept that different people are able to do different things differently,” Hall said.

The finished product ran for about 20 minutes and was shown to friends and family members on Thursday at Desert Garden Montessori.

Hall said the three high-school students changed the dynamic of this year’s movie camp because they were looked up to by their younger peers and were able to complete more advance activities.

“The whole idea is giving them space to be creative and allowing them to be who they are,” Hall said. “At the beginning, they were scared to get up in front of each other, but now they’ll do the most random thing. Everyone learned a lot and everyone was 100 percent into it the whole time. Usually you lose a couple kids in the middle … but these guys loved it.”

Fifth-grader Maia Weingard said she enjoyed the humor and action aspects of the camp.

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