Today I will be reflecting on my most recent project called “Rise of the Frankenstuffies.” This project was all about story telling, and the industrial Revolution. This seems like something normal to have as a project, right? Well it would be if that was all we had to do for this project but instead of just writing a boring story of the Industrial Revolution, we added a twist to it. For the story you had to have a character that you made using stuffed animals. In class we cut them up and would trade for different parts and then you would sew them together to make a Frankensuffie. For this part I learned a lot about the different ways to be creative when telling the story of a fictional character. I loved creating the character and making a profile describing its characteristics and personality. My character’s name was Ralph, he was born 437 years ago, and lives at NASA space station in Florida.
The next big thing we did in the project was write our short story about our character. I learned a lot from this part because of the way that we took a bunch of different events that were seen as historically significant and we were able to change them to fit our story. Here is my story:
I learned all about different things that changed the way our society works today. One of the things that I found most interesting about the Industrial Revolution was that if it were not for this revolution we could have not switched over to electricity and we would have been using steam to this day. How different our world would be. This brings me to the driving question of our project which is “How do revolutions transform the world?” I think that revolutions transform the world by fundamentally changing the beliefs and ideas that our life is based on through expansion and travel.
After we wrote the short story we were tasked with making a film based on our short stories and the feedback that we got on them. I learned a lot of things from this stage. I learned a lot about the different ways that films get planned out and made. For example, we made a screenplay to show the way that our film would play out. We also made a storyboard to explain the different shots and the plot and actions of our story before we filmed it. I think I did a good job with making them because of the way that I showed the different causes and consequences in my film. In my story there is a part when Ralph is flying the first draft of his flying machine, and the engine sputters and he crashes his machine. Here is the screenplay and storyboard I made before filming my final video
The final stage of this project was making the film of our short story here is what I made.