Every so often at Chipsterlife amazing projects come across our desk. We get asked to check it out then decide whether to do something with it. Sometimes I just don't like the project other times people just sort of disappear but then everyone once in a while I get access to something great. Chicano Batman's Eduardo Arenas let me know that he was working on a digital story book project, I was intrigued. He had asked if I would be interested in collaborating I immediately said yes! A couple months later the most adorable thing I have ever seen appeared in my inbox. Each video is refreshingly honest, there is very little adornment and the music compliments the content intuitively. Take a look at this first video to get a feel for the project. Two more are featured throughout the course of this post.
The Children's Video Book is a multimedia project involving story telling, illustration, narration, video and original music from Los Angeles musicians. The short videos were created in workshop form with Los Angeles area students. The workshops were led by writer Lorena Endara and musician Eduardo Arenas during the 2014 Summer Night Lights Program in Los Angeles. The workshops were spurred by Eduardo's insight that hearing the sounds while seeing the letters is necessary to learn how to read.
Lorena reported to me that the youth ranging from 4-14 year old participants were so excited when realizing that their story would be "published" online. Some Video-Books like "It's a Long Explanation" and "Giovanni & the Big Win" were developed in groups and each participant would add a sentence to the story. The Video "How to Manuals" were developed as individual pages. The youth made illustrations and the stronger readers were chosen to narrate the story. Eduardo recorded the score and mixed the audio, and Lorena edited and animated the videos.
It's a Long ExplanationJoe the boxer struggles to leave his home where he lives with his 5 sisters in Las Vegas to follow his dream of becoming a professional trainer in Hollywood. Soundtrack by Brainstory.
Loren revealed several anecdotes about the project, "at first we gave out candy and told them about the project. with time we realized all we had to say was that in the end, their project would be online on youtube. they were eager to participate because they can get famous on youtube!"
Here are several more from Lorena. Warning, they are oozing with cuteness:
Here is the final video. There will be 5 more in the future and we will happily disseminate them.
Giovani and the Big Win
Giovani, a soccer prodigy, breaks his leg while he is playing in the World Cup. While on vacation, he meets a magical cricket who changes his luck. Soundtrack by Lilo Sanchez.
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