One of the fun bonuses of teaching English in Korea is the chance to teach English camps. I’m only partially sarcastic there. While it does mean more classes to teach once the vacation has started (often with no extra pay), the camp curriculum is often more relaxed and as long as they are well planned, they can be a lot of fun. The one I just finished was at a middle school where the kids were very enthusiastic and a lot of fun to teach. On the second day, we went through movie genres and a few sample scripts and then I got them to write their own movies. They wrote the scripts, practiced them, and then I recorded them on my phone and edited them later. Their English level isn’t super high, but they tried hard. Anyway, here for your viewing pleasure are two of the movies they made. They are about a minute long, each.
1. Number 1: This is a ghost story about a top student who has died and comes back to haunt the 2nd place student in school.
2. Stupidman and the Zombies: This is a zombie comedy where apparently the zombies and normal people can switch quite quickly. I can’t say I totally understand it, since they didn’t explain it to me.
The production values aren’t great, but it was a good activity and gave the students more fun and a better sense of accomplishment than just doing grammar exercises. I had them vote for the best movie in several categories. “Number 1” won hands-down for best acting, all for that scream. There was a third movie too, done by an all-boys group, that had to do with gambling and a lot of people getting shot, but they didn’t want me to post that one.
August 1st, 2013 at 9:40 pm
I love ghosts, zombies, vampires and werewolves, anything dead and/ or dangerous in short. love them in movies too 😉
loved the second one it was too funny , watching them trying to control their laughter ..zombies are cheerful creatures aren’t they lol
wish the third movie was here as well
August 1st, 2013 at 10:43 pm
I should have just posted them without asking. But since I asked them, I guess I should respect their wishes. 🙂
August 1st, 2013 at 9:40 pm
its nice and innocent fun 🙂
August 1st, 2013 at 11:54 pm
hahah fantastic! Was that the xfiles theme in the first one?
August 2nd, 2013 at 8:18 am
yeah, I tried to think of appropriate theme music for the opening credits. 🙂
August 2nd, 2013 at 1:52 am
Haha, this brings back memories. I think this is going to inspire a post on my other account.
August 2nd, 2013 at 2:33 am
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August 2nd, 2013 at 9:10 am
I think the first one falls along the lines of most classic Asian horror. I think the second one was a metaphor for how the economic and social classes are imprisoned in their own self imposed existence especially when the governmental ruling bodies interfere.
Long live Stupidman!
August 2nd, 2013 at 1:22 pm
Yeah, with a name like Stupidman, it sounds a lot like political satire.
August 2nd, 2013 at 4:16 pm
Interesting themes, all the best to the future movie makers!
August 2nd, 2013 at 6:23 pm
Got a chuckle out of > Stupidman and the Zombies > evidently the zombie bug hops from the infected to the normal person.
August 5th, 2013 at 7:38 pm
The second one was such fun and the first one has a really interesting concept. So, the student reading opposite the second-place student is not able to see the ghost girl:) interesting:)
August 5th, 2013 at 8:28 pm
Yeah, the boy was supposed to the police station that she was calling. It was a very low-budget film. 🙂