Movie Outing

posted Sep 15, 2014, 7:32 AM by   [ updated Sep 15, 2014, 7:34 AM ]
Excitement was in the air for weeks...‘The Giver’ movie was about to be released.  And finally it happened.  On Saturday, September 6th, more than thirty 8th-grade students headed over to Marikina to view the film that they had been waiting for.  Everyone had been wondering how true-to-the-book the film would be.  As a class we had watched the trailer multiple times, extrapolating from small clues that some big changes had been made in the film.  Jonas was no longer a 12-year-old (as he had been in the book, still largely innocent with some baby fat left around the face.)  In the film he was a leaner and more handsome 16-year-old.  We had class discussions critically analyzing why this and other changes had been made.  One answer seemed to become something of a refrain--they are marketing this film to teenagers.  We talked about how audience impacts the choices that a creator makes, no matter what form the product takes--writing, film, furniture design or another work of art.  The creator is always aware of audience.  

Ask an 8th-grader if they support the changes that were made to the story by the producers of the film version of ‘The Giver.’

In the next weeks we will be exploring the narrative in ‘The Giver’ more closely, and we will be writing about it in blogs.  Be on the lookout for an invite to read the class’s blogs about ‘The Giver’!  (These blogs will be hosted on a closed site that is only open to those who have been invited.)