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A while ago, my colleague and I organised an elective class called moviemaking. I wrote about it here. I realised that I never actually posted the result, of which we were very proud. 🙂

Just now I noticed that some of the audiofiles have been removed with the following message: “This video contains an audio track that has not been authorised by WMG. The audio has been disabled. More about copyright”… Fantastic. It’s a fricking student movie! 😦

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So the class went really well and we needn’t be worried at all! I had a lot of fun in the class on Wednesday showing them different clips and talking about movies in general, and my colleague did more creative stuff with them today. One week into the ten week long term, and we have managed to decide on a genre. And they chose (drumroll please…) A funny SCI-FI MUSICAL…

I think we have a great term ahead of us… 🙂

Me and a colleague have decided to do a class (two lessons a week) on language learning through moviemaking. Ever since I did a project with my students through the months of June & July we’ve pondered the possibility of doing a bigger and better project, learning from the mistakes we made the first time around. It’s really exciting, and we had so much fun planning this and writing up the syllabus. Now it’s the night before the big day and I go first, teaching the introduction class as well as getting started on genres. I must admit I am a bit nervous… I really shouldn’t be because we’ve planned it so well! And yet – maybe that’s exactly why… I’m so keen for it to go well, so the butterflies are using the insides of my belly as a racecourse. I sort of just have to let it go the way it goes…

Here are the youtube links to our first movie (three installments)

It might sound a little sad, but I’m actually alone in the flat drinking bubbly tonight. And there’s no place I’d rather be right now. I’m feeling a bit sentimental and needed some alone time, so hubby being out drinking with one of his mates suits me just fine.

It’s been an interesting and busy week, ending with a big big Friday. First post (after attending a school party, dancing till midnight) was to teach the other teachers, which is always a little bit daunting. They say teachers are the worst students. I think it went pretty well. Then it was the grand finale of our Great Big Fantastic Movie Project, and my class had some finishing touches to complete before the premiere. These turned out to take a bit longer than expected… Much thanks to tech skills held by some of my colleagues we managed to pull it off. And in the middle of this I had to graduate one of my favourite students who made me cry with his thank you speech and handed over a touching and thoughtful present at the end. Emotional indeed.

I feel pride and love for my students for doing all that work and finishing the project, and a twitch of sadness for the ones that have left. It sucks getting attached to people! But I wouldn’t miss it for the world.

So I turn up the fire and enjoy the time alone, processing everything that has happened over the last couple of weeks. And I will come out saner at the end of the night.

And of course, sometimes you just can’t beat the company of a chilled bottle of Lindauer. The closest (NZ) thing to champagne you can get on a budget.

And this is what I’m listening to tonight, when I’m in this mood…

Sufjan Stevens – For The Widows In Paradise, For The Fatherless In Ypsilanti

I absolutely adore his music, and I hope he manages to keep his promise to make an album for each of the 50 states of the USA. Although that would mean picking up the pace a little.

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