Student-made movie to debut at festival!
Under the direction of Ms. Meslin, OTR/L, several students who receive occupational therapy are producing a film that will be shown in June at the Film Festival from Mars, which will be hosted at P.S. 291. Students are creating every aspect of the film, from planning the storyline, designing and building costumes and scenery, acting in and shooting the film. There are many parts of producing a film that require skills that are addressed through occupational therapy, including organizing ideas and information, collaborating with peers, writing, and using fine motor skills (using the hands and fingers in functional tasks).
Students contributed their own ideas for the plot of the film and then collaborated to create a story. "The film starts with a cat and a dog eating in a pizzeria," says Jaysean, a fourth grader. "Then a magnetic alien comes down to Earth and kidnaps them." Super Universe, Super Universe's Evil Clone, a friendly ghost, Sharkman, and Zeus will also make appearances in this wacky adventure tale.
"We made masks using papier mâché and we made a chart called a production schedule so we can see how long it will take to start filming," adds Jaysean.
Isabella, a third grader, says she wants to be the queen that appears at the end of the story because, "She gets to wear a blue dress and she rules the Land of the Animals." Jose, another third grader, has ideas about how to create the aliens in the film. "We can use plastic and glue to stick on the eyes, nose, and build the legs." There is still some debate between the students about what color the aliens should be.
“My goal is to create a larger structure to our therapy sessions, so that the students can invest in a long-term project,” explains Ms. Meslin. “I wanted the ideas to come from them so they feel ownership of the film. I hope they begin to notice how their skills improve as they make things.”
The Film Festival from Mars is a new project conceived of by another occupational therapist at P.S. 291. You can check out the festival’s website at: http://marsfilmfestival.wixsite.com/fffm
By Ms. Meslin, P.S. 91X