Edinburgh Tales

 
Who is it for?
This session is a progressive workshop for students who are interested in using a wider range of artistic expressions such as film, drama, music and art, and combining it with doing research on various topics of interest, and presenting their research on camera to an audience.
 
A typical session:
In this session, students are making a series of tourism DVD’s called Edinburgh Tales. These DVD’s are based on areas of interest that has been identified by the group – i.e. Horrible Histories of Edinburgh, Landmarks of Edinburgh, etc. A DVD consists of two parts: a factual part and a fictional story created by the group - based on the facts gathered during research. For each area of interest (DVD), the group carries out research and reports on it in their individual diaries, visits places of interest, does filming and documentary-style interviews, takes photographs, makes required props, and creates music scores and sound-effects. The group also creates short films to coincide with holidays such as Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Summer, and Christmas. For these short films, the group creates the story line, makes all props/costumes, compose the theme music and do all the acting and filming in one day!
 
What will I learn?
Students will learn to use literacy and numeracy skills and technology. They will learn to think creatively and independently, they will learn independently and as part of a group, they will achieve success in different areas of an activity, they will a develop knowledge and understanding of their world and Scotland’s place in it, they will learn to respect others and work in partnership and in teams, and they will have the opportunity to create and develop their ideas around special days like Halloween, Summer, and Christmas. For these short films, the group creates the story line, makes all props/costumes, compose the theme music and do all the acting and filming in one day!