Next stop: the red carpet (from our print edition)


PELHAM — The fifth graders walked to the Pelham Picture House every week for several weeks to create their fifth grade graduation documentary. The tradition of making a fifth grade documentary started last year at Colonial.

The project was run by Meredith Lobsinger, the director of all the camps at the Picture House. Siwanoy is another school that participates in the fifth grade documentary program.

The fifth graders filmed and did all the work to prep for their very own documentary. The first couple of lessons taught students how to interview and use cameras. During sessions, students worked on camera skills, interviewing skills and composing proper answers for the audience.

All the other classes were used to film and put together the student film. Kids were able to interview each other. The students also used picture-taking skills from last year to compose their documentary.

“The documentary was a great experience last year,” said Ms. Lobsinger at the beginning of the project. “I am looking forward to making the documentary this year.”

Many fifth graders are interested in movie making and photography, and they were able to use their desire to do work in those arts to help them create the documentary.

The documentary will include reenactments, interviews, videos and pictures from the fifth grade year. Memories are the main part of this documentary. Ms. Lobsinger came up with interesting questions for the students to respond to. They were excited to answer them.

Making the documentary was a long and tiring process that took several weeks and many cameras to create. Lots of students are excited to look back on their memories, funny moments and accomplishments. Scenes will include favorite places in the school and greatest accomplishments.

Ben Gorski said, “I’m excited about the questioning session because there are a lot of questions to ask my classmates that I’m curious about.”

During work on the film, Lane Cooper said she thought that the process would not be difficult because “it will be lots fun. You can see how the other students felt about Colonial.”

Matthew Doka wanted to include reenactments of Top Chef and the Ring Homestead field trip. “They were two of my favorite memories,” he said.

At the end of the program, Ms. Lobsinger will edit together the scenes to create the documentary. The last lesson will be a preview of the film.

This story originally ran in the June 2017 print edition of the Colonial Times.