On May 17th of 2011, fifty 12th grade students presented a silent film festival with live sound performances at the Sushi Performance Art Center of San Diego, California. The project consisted of ten student groups (each with 4-5 team members) adapting a short narrative by classic and contemporary authors into a five minute time format. The resulting silent films were then presented by the same student groups with live sound scores ranging from original music to Foley work and turntable mixes.
Please note: The beauty of live performance is the magic and energy it brings to an audience in real time. Nuance, spatial sound and gestural motion is often lost when trapped in two-dimensional video archives. Below, the films are encoded with rough cut sound mixes from student rehearsals. As you watch these films, try to imagine that every sound effect, sample and underscore was triggered live.
Written by Margaret Atwood
In the Night
Written by Varlom Shalam
Adapted by Beth Lacarra, Robert Pearlman, Noah Rozenberg, Evan Falkenthal and Marc Curry
Written by Guy de Maupassant
Adapted by Liseth Reyes, Connie Hernandez, Brent Springer and Jenny Caiza
Written by Hannah Botany
Adapted by Danny Toscano, Alia Boynton, Christian Ostergaard and Constance Abram
Written by Shirley Jackson
Adapted by Janae Noland, Alana Evans, Nicki Acosta and Sarah Wright
The Barbie Birthday
Written by Alison Townsend
Adapted by Kim Mason, Erica Panado, Shannon Merrill and Osamah Elhams
The Hit Man
Written by T. Coraghessan Boyle
Adapted by Marcus Alexander, Kurt Newcomb, William Schneider,
Eli Barber and Akari Adisa
The Personal Touch
Written by Chet Williamson
Adapted by Richie Pedrena, Vanessa Siebold, Brynn O’Quinn and Ashley Kruger
The Bank Robber
Written by Steven Schutzman
Adapted by Nolberto Amezquita, Francisco Bahena, Jimmy Flores
and Absolom Maniwong-Schlottman
Written by Katherine Weber
Adapted by Holly Ryan, Ryan Van Vechten, Cassandra Orozco and Evrin Peavy
Written by Unknown
(Classic Japanese Myth)
Created by Lynn Le, Shannon Sweet, Nikita Atrash and Perla Aguilera.
In this instance, students developed their story through animation. Due to the amount of commitment involved with hand drawing and detailed motion graphics programming, students worked until the very end on visuals alone. Their sound score was embedded to video rather than live. However, their final product was incredible. Click here to view it.