Multi-Venue MSS Exhibit in Boston

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Latin Movie Trailers, Part 1 – The Poster

The space between midterms and February break is short and choppy, so I thought it’d be a good time to try this project: Latin Movie Trailers.

Here’s the intro:

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I added to that intro a movie poster, to be printed and posted on our bulletin board. (Still haven’t figured out a good way to display / ‘advertise’ the movie trailers.)

I’ll cover the trailers in another post, but I’ll cover the movie posters here.

  • students downloaded the posters…
  • …and opened them in Preview
  • I suggested to students that they find a poster with the text over a relatively uniform background; that will make the next step easier.
  • using the tools –> annotate –> rectangle (or whatever shape works) menu item in Preview, draw a rectangle around / over the text
  • using the outline and fill options, change the color of the rectangle to the color of the background (or thereabouts)
  • you should have now ‘erased’ the original text
  • using the same menu but the ‘text’ option, insert the translated Latin text, preferably in a comparable font
  • save and print

Here is the grade sheet for the poster:

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And the posters came out great. I’ll include the bulletin board below and then a slideshow of the actual posters below that. The movie posters are the color ones; they are intermingled with the Twitter December Break projects (the white ones).

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(And, if you pause on the Grand Budapest Hotel one, you can see that he even translated the title over the door of the hotel; it’s small and hard to see but it’s there.)

Trip to the Harvard Art Museum

Today we set off for the Harvard Art Museum for our annual Research-Project-Kick-Off. Great trip as usual. Must admit that I prefer HAM to the MFA. MFA is certainly more extensive in its collection, but it’s harder to deal with and much more crowded. We arrived at HAM right at 10 and were in the gallery by 10.07. No Instagram Scavenger Hunt this year; didn’t need to because of my numbers, but I didn’t talk for too long. Did an overview of sculpture and vases and talked about a few individual pieces but otherwise left the students on their own to wander and explore. Here are a few pics.

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