Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Welcome, Louis Masur!

In anticipation of Louis Masur's visit to our school for American Studies Day, each one of our students took an original photograph of an American flag, gave it a caption, and uploaded to the web in a shared presentation. Afterward, I took all the images and set them to music using the amazing ANIMOTO website and Broken Social Scene's "Capture the Flag". See the fascinating results below by pressing "play".

10 comments:

LukeHG said...
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LukeHG said...

the music is a very interesting choice. I think this turned out great with the short amount of time given on this assignment.

Frettzilla said...

I really enjoyed doing this short little project. i never really thought of the flag that much and when i saw it i never thought anything of it. as i was trying to find a flag to photograph it really opened my eyes to the ways flags are being either shown off or disrespected. also i thought the titles that people gave for their photograph were extremely well thought out and intriguing.

Kimber said...

I thought this was a really interesting project. The American Flag is one of those things that have become so regular and commonly goes unnoticed. Its many meanings and significances are not usually investigated. Like the many things we study in the class, now as I look around my community I am more aware of the American Flag. It is everywhere! Hope Masur enjoys this!!

Adam said...

This project definately has me looking at flags in different ways. On my way to school today, I counted 18 flags all of which were positioned differently. Each one has its own story and own relevance. That is what I have enjoyed most from this project.

Kate H said...

While on the way to Chicago today a small group (Victoria, Casey, Carrie, Bolos and my self) discussed how now after this project we see a lot more American flags every where. I think the the term ignorant bliss relates with this because after doing this project I have looked more critically at how the american flag is being used and portrayed.

Claire S. said...

Ever since this project, I have become much more aware of American Flags in my community. Every time I am out and about, I notice American Flags all over the place. Not necessarily huge American Flags flying outside of peoples houses but even little American Flags stuck in a sidewalk or even car bumper stickers, etc. which has made me look at American Flags is a much different way.

Kelly said...

This animoto is great. We compiled some great pictures. I am not so sure about the music choice though.
Ever since we did this project I have become much more aware then I was before. I feel like every time I see a flag I do an analysis in my head about the motivation to put the flag where it is etc. When I was in San Francisco last weekend I saw so many flags around in many different forms. Something that I had never seen before but saw multiple times while I was people putting huge flags in the ground and repeating American pride phrases.

Jerbear said...

After doing this project, I started to notice a lot more flags everywhere. One thing that caught my eye was the rise in the number of flags as memorial day approached, and the decrease after. Leading up to memorial day, i started to see flags on every lamp post and most houses, but now, a week later, almost all of them are gone.

andrea said...

I along with jerbear have become more perceptive to American flags around me. I have been critically anazlyzing where people put their flags, the physical state of the flag, and asking why questions when I see them. AND I put up the American flag in front of my house...
This animoto is awesome, and truly shows the reality of patriotism in the world.