The Most Photogenic Creature Ever

On Friday afternoon, my English teacher came over to talk to my mom about something. She saw a creature that my little sister, Savannah, made a few years ago and said that I should make a video of it being outside. After she left, I did exactly that. Here is the result.

The next day, Savannah wanted to make another one with me, so we made this:

I/We made both videos using stop motion, and the first one also had some short videos. I edited them using iMovie.

Screenshot 2016-06-19 15.06.04.pngI am having a lot of fun with these videos and want to make more in the future. On the left are some ideas I’ve come up with for other videos. I might even change and make this my personal project, but I’m not sure how I would do that yet.

In this blogpost, I want to thank Ms. Friedman for giving me this idea. It’s a really fun project! At first, it was challenging because I was worried about what other people would think when I was playing outside with a paper mache dinosaur. But then, I decided to Ignore Everybody and just be creative. Felippe the Firesaur now has a YouTube channel and I’ll try to post a video per week.

Goodbye Ms. Friedman! Thank you for teaching me this year and for giving me the idea for these videos, and I hope you have a nice time in Singapore!

What should Felippe do in his next video? Let me know in the comments!

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6 thoughts on “The Most Photogenic Creature Ever

  1. Sophia,
    Felippe is absolutely the most photogenic creature out there, and I can’t WAIT to see what he does next.
    I love the idea of Felippe uncovering more papier mache creatures in your neighborhood. Perhaps he could stumble into a hidden den of other creatures too fearful to make their way into the playground…and convince them that they belong in society too.
    An interesting plot line could unfold there where some children want to share the playground…and others don’t. I’m thinking (this might be a stretch), but that might be an interesting way for you to explore social commentary, and dig into issues like the refugee crisis.
    I’m sure whatever you do, it will be amazing.
    You came at this from a standpoint of pure, fearless creativity, and great things happen when you do this.
    If you haven’t already come across PES, check them out for more inspiration: https://www.nyfa.edu/student-resources/stop-motion-animation-5-award-winning-stop-motion-films/
    I can’t wait to see what you do with this medium next.
    Kind Regards,
    Ms. Friedman

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  2. Sophia – so here is your personal project inspiration! I love reading about the thinking behind such creative items, it really brings them to life. Craft meets tech – this is so much fun…you could slowly develop a creature community – I would love one about our “fish tank” Could we have our own fish tank creature? Can I commission one and a video about him/her/it!!

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  3. Sophia,
    That’s great, I am sure adultkind will also greatly benefit from your work. I cannot wait to see it up and running. I hope you feel proud of the work you’ve started, and the mentorship you are offering your sister.
    I’m truly wowed.
    Kind Regards,
    Ms. Friedman

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  4. Hi Sophia,

    I came across your blog post through Ms. Friedman. She used to teach me back when I was G11 and G12, now I’m a third year university student.

    What you are doing with Felippe seems very interesting. From what I know, it’s definitely not what most G9s would do at that age because they will be very conscious about what other people will think about them (at that age, I was really self-conscious as well), so I was intrigued by your creativity and your initiative on doing this unique project.

    I wish you all the best on your personal project. From my experience, if you enjoy your personal project and keep yourself motivated to finish things within the given deadline, you will do well. And just like you, I used personal project as an opportunity to explore what I want to know better about and make a positive impact in other people’s lives. FYI, I did a project on “How to teach teenagers on the value of money” and initiated a garage sale which involved multiple aspects of business.

    Lastly, I’d be very interested to see Felippe going to church!

    Best regards,
    Wonjun

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  5. Christoffer in EY Luzern says: I like it. Go to movies.
    Liam in EY: Get a dream.
    Johnathan in EY: Go to the movies.
    Sabi: Waterslide.
    Ms Fraser: I think the Firesaur should do some cooking. Cookies? Yum! Looks like a great summer project–looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

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