Bombs Over Bikini Book Trailer Begins NOW!

Connie Goldsmith is an award-winning children’s author who has authored a book about the testing of nuclear bombs over the Bikini Atoll. The title: Bombs Over Bikini. She’s asked if we would like to create a book trailer! What does this mean? First, we should know what a book trailer looks and sounds like. I’m embedding from YouTube a series of 30 trailers for children’s books. Watch them. They’re short.…

Student Filmmakers Recognized by Elk Grove City Council and Mayor!

After almost 2.5 years of work, our educational film for the residents of Elk Grove is complete! How do you transport your household hazardous waste to the new, Special Waste Collection Center? This film answers that very question! On Wednesday, January 22 we had 26 student filmmakers spanning three different classes assemble at the Elk Grove City Hall to debut their completed film. The City Council and Mayor were impressed…

Our First Time Lapse

So…what did our sorting of Christmas discards reveal? Check out THIS…our first time lapse using our Go Pro. I (Jim Bentley…a.k.a. “Mr. Bentley”) did the editing for this piece to learn how to edit a time lapse. And guess what? It’s surprisingly easy! That means I can now show students how to do this and VOILA! THEY can now take over time lapse editing responsibilities. This video was created from…

Making Commercials for our City’s Integrated Waste Department!

We’ve been given a task: create six commercials that are 15 seconds long educating the public about how to properly dispose of trash, green waste, or recyclables AND that directs viewers to the city’s website for more information. As of January 21, 2014 we have 5 of those 6 commercials complete! They should be online at our city’s website soon! But YOU can get a sneak peak here right now!…

Special Waste Collection Center Film is COMPLETE!

It’s been a long time coming. A little over 2 years in fact, but Curiosity Films students have officially completed a film educating the residents of Elk Grove how to properly transport their household hazardous waste to the city’s new Special Waste Collection Center! The film will debut at the January 22, 2014 City Hall Meeting in front of the City Council and Mayor! YOU can check out a sneak…

Christmas Trash & Recyclables Sort Success!

It was a remarkable sight…bags and bags and bags and boxes and boxes and boxes of Christmas trash. We had half the class represented on Friday, December 27 when we sorted through it all in the Foulks Ranch Multi-Purpose Room. Covering the entire basketball court, we were able to create three piles: trash, recyclables, and reusables. I personally was amazed at how little plastic there was and how much paper…

We are filming Friday, November 15 for our last commercial for The City of Elk Grove’s Integrated Waste Department! The topic: bulky waste pickup by Republic Services. We’ll have a pile of junk measuring 7′ x 6′ x 4′ that will be picked up. We’ll shoot with our XF100 video camera and our two GoPro 3s! We’ll have one time-lapsing the event on our Konova slider with our super slow…

“Junk 2 Genius” Art Contest a SUCCESS!

Curiosity Films students were invited to participate in their first “Junk 2 Genius” art contest sponsored by Republic Services! Students were given junk and tasked with creating sculptures that were no larger than 1 cubic yard. It was creative. It was fun. It was a GREAT way to repurpose “garbage” and turn it into ART! The theme for this event was “Where the Wild Things Are!” Maurice Sendak would have…

Our 2013 social impact project for The World We Want Foundation is complete! And it looks G-O-O-D! I can honestly say I think this is the best looking, most polished documentary we’ve assembled to date! And the coolest thing is this: we keep getting better and better! Take a look at what this amazing group of students and filmmakers did!

Foulks Ranch Students Tapped to Create Films for Teachers

Coming Fall 2013 the folks from iCivics will be working with our students to create one of what might be a series of films for teachers to show them how the iCivics curriculum can be used with kids to promote knowledge of what it means to be an engaged and informed citizen! iCivics is a nonprofit, national organization founded by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. We will be…

Students Sweep Elementary Digital ID Challenge!

It’s official! Gail Desler, Technology Integration Specialist for EGUSD, emailed May 22,2013 to inform us our student filmmakers swept the elementary PSA categories! Awards and photos will be taken soon. It’s likely our student filmmaking teams will be invited to a EGUSD District Board Meeting to be recognized! Congratulations!!!!! Check out the winning entries below!  

VIDEO OF STUDENTS PRESENTING AT CITY COUNCIL MEETING!!!

The students of Mr. Bentley’s class presented to our Mayor and the Elk Grove City Council a progress report on the status of the film being created to educate residents of the Special Waste Collection Center due to open early fall! You can watch the presentation after downloading it from the City’s website by clicking HERE. Scroll to the 24:06 mark on the film to see our students DAZZLE these…

PSA Challenge!

So…the Department of Toxic Substances Control seems to be ending their Pollution Prevention Week PSA challenge, but here’s another one that might be cool to enter. The Campaign for a Toxin Free Generation states on its website: “How are you helping to create a toxin free generation? Tell us now and you can win fantastic prizes, including a GoPro Camera or Patagonia gift card! Take a look at your daily…

CITY HALL MEETING A SUCCESS!

Once more our student filmmakers dazzled adults and kids alike at the May 8, 2013 City Council meeting where a report was given on the progress of the household hazardous waste film the Foulks Ranch Film Academy has been working on! A 3 minute rough cut of the documentary students have been making for The World We Want Foundation was shown along with a 90 second rough cut of the…

SKYPING WITH CHRISTOPHER PAUL CURTIS!?!

Mrs. Smothers is a ROCK STAR!!! Not only did SHE get contacted by Mr. Christopher Paul Curtis when he learned her class was reading his award winning novell, The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963, she invited OUR class to  join in on a Skype session! Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! Students from both classes were able to ask some excellent questions to further understand the novel and Mr. Curtis’s writing process. Thank you, Mrs.…

MEETING THE WORLD WE WANT FOUNDATION!

Meet Lori Bonn, President and CEO of The World We Want Foundation and her Director of Innovation, Addison Embrey. Student filmmakers Antone Cruz and Alyssa Wilson and other members of the Foulks Ranch Film Academy had a chance to meet these two at the 2013 S.E.V.A.s. This is the second year students from Foulks Ranch have partnered with The World We Want Foundation to create a documentary on a social…

2013 S.E.V.A. RESULTS!

The Foulks Ranch Film Academy made quite an appearance at the 2013 S.E.V.A.s! For the grades 4-6 PSA category, they had three finalists and won a S.E.V.A. with “Cyberbullying.” For the grades 4-6 short documentary category, they had two finalists and received an Honorable Mention with “Meet the Idioms: Mad as a Hatter.” For the grades 4-6 instructional category they earned a S.E.V.A with “How to Play Four Square the…

Yep. How would you like to earn $3,500 in film gear or software by taking a single picture? While you might be preparing to leave 6th grade, you know that you are ALWAYS encouraged to come back and make films next year and the years beyond! The Carnegie Corporation in preparation for Teacher Appreciation Week in May is sponsoring a “Picture This” contest. To learn about the contest click HERE.…

S.E.V.A. Award Night May 6, 2013!

It’s time to celebrate! The Student Educational Video Awards are HERE! Come join us on the red carpet on May 6 at 6:00pm at CSU Sacramento to celebrate the efforts of these student filmmakers. If you haven’t RSVP’d yet, you can do so online by clicking HERE. Need driving directions? Click HERE. We have entered 31 films into the grades 7-8 short and long documentary categories, the grades 4-6 short…

Curiosity Films is on Facebook!

It’s official. We have a Facebook page. Current students at Foulks Ranch, tell your parents, since you are technically not old enough to be on Facebook yet…13 is the age stated on their terms of service. Want to check it out? Go to: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Curiosity-Films/358822857550513?ref=tn_tnmn and like us!

2013 Digital ID PSA Challenge Submissions

2nd Annual Digital id psa challenge is officially in the books! May 3, 2013 at 11:59pm PST marks the close of submissions for this year’s Digital ID challenge! Last year, we submitted 3 films and won all three categories we entered! This year, teachers were again allowed to enter a maximum of three films. Below you can see what our student filmmakers came up with! “Know your Boundaries” :90 second…