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5-501’s The Invisible Man & Production Documentary

February 21, 2010

Mr. Tandarich is a comic book lover (remember this interview from 2008?!). I have worked with Mr. T to integrate technology into his curriculum since 2005 — his preference is normally to work within his literacy curriculum around student reading of classic novels. We’ve always looked for ways of incorporating Mr. T and his students’ familiarity and interest in the comic book genre along with 21st century forms of storytelling, and this year, it came together in 5-501’s Classic Production of The Invisible Man!

The documentary video below demonstrates how it all came together. As happens each year with this group of kids (that I’ve been working with since they were in 3rd grade) I’m amazed at how easily they were able to pick up new software and production concepts.  This rapid increase in savvy has to be a credit of increasing exposure at home, along with routine use of these technologies in school.  This was their first project using iMovie ’09, which I thought might give them trouble — to my surprise, they took advantage of the advanced themeing and effects options to enhance their production, and I was able to step aside and document the action on video.

Documentary: The Making of 5-501’s The Invisible Man

5-501 Presents: The Invisible Man!

The Process

Mr. T and the students read the novel, The Invisible Man, and watched the 1933 film adaptation. Then, based on their knowledge of comic books and our our opening lesson deconstructing Power Records’ adaptation of a Marvel Comic, every student in the class illustrated comic book frames of what they felt were the most compelling moments of the story. Mr. T then pasted the comics on the board, and students voted on ten scenes that should be included in the video version of the comic book, and a small group of students took over the production from there.

To produce the video, students scanned their comics, and imported them onto three MacBook laptops with iMovie ’09. The groups divided the story and each edited a section: recording narration, and adding titles, transitions, music, and sound effects from the extensive audio library now included with iLife. We then combined the 3 sections into one master computer, and analyzed the rough draft with other members of the class. This new group of students then helped fill in gaps in the story with titles and additional narration, so that an audience unfamiliar with the novel could understand their movie.

Evident throughout the process, and in the resulting videos, is the students’ deep engagement with the creative process and quality control on this production. They demonstrated an understanding of how to use multiple digital media to represent details in the story and bring their comics to life on screen, and were always cognizant of the specific tone they were intending to create through editing and expressive reading.  The result: a 21st century version of a classic!

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Ms. Lane permalink
    February 22, 2010 12:44 am

    Great job, guys! Excellent!!

  2. richard z permalink
    February 22, 2010 6:19 pm

    Good Job!!!! :] u guys did good

  3. Damian V permalink
    February 23, 2010 12:18 am

    AWESOME!!!! You guys did a great job. Very professional.

  4. Bernard N permalink
    February 23, 2010 2:09 am

    Color me impressed! I loved it. I hope this inspires you guys to keep an open mind, try new things, and be creative!

  5. Daniel permalink
    February 24, 2010 2:31 am


  6. Hannah permalink
    March 26, 2010 7:35 pm

    OMG I can’t believe how awesome I did in the technical work!!!!!

  7. Yurizan Reyes permalink
    May 5, 2010 2:48 pm

    Great Job Mr. T and class 501. I really enjoyed the Invisible man project.

    Seyer I’m proud of you. Good job!

  8. Mia permalink
    June 19, 2010 3:46 am

    ooooh my goodness. top 10… made #3, can NOT believe it… i have watched this lots of times, and I never get tired of it 😀 !!!

  9. maya Seaforth permalink
    May 28, 2012 7:40 pm

    that video was amazing. im so glad i was in class 501, love that video!!!!!!


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