‘Whatever you do to yourself, you do to me’ A stirring quote from the fresh new film on TrueTube, which tackles the issue of heart disease from a dark but humorous angle. The film looks particularly at how alcohol and drugs affect our hearts, an issue many people choose to ignore until it is too late. At the heart of the story (excuse the pun) we have a young man called Leon who wants to do nothing more than to chill at a house party with his mates, get high, get drunk, and have a crazy night. On the surface, Leon seems to be having a good time but it is all ruined when his heart follows him around moaning about how the drugs and alcohol are making him feel poorly. Did I mention his heart follows him around as a walking, talking man - sized friend? No? Well it’s certainly something you won’t forget once you've watched it!
Leon tries to carry on with the night as if his heart wasn't there; continuing to abuse his body and concentrate on the short-lived high rather than the potential long-term damage. It is only at the end of the night, when Leon finishes off the evening with a cheesy kebab that his heart has finally had enough. After a long evening of successfully ignoring what his heart is trying to tell him, Leon collapses on the way home. By presenting the issues initially from a comical angle and finishing it on a dark note, the film has a shock factor that gets the point across to young people. So to all of you teachers out there who are looking for a fun but strong way to teach your students about the dangers of alcohol and drugs - this is it.
oUR COMPETITION HAS GONE LIVE!
When a young person gets into a recording studio for the first time, it’s usually about jamming with their newly-formed band and getting their first few tracks on tape. But now it can be an experience to help with the teaching of RE thanks to TrueTube. We have just launched a new competition in which students are asked to produce a voiceover script for films about the Easter Story. Easter is the most important religious festival in the Christian calendar, and our website has provided an inventive way to teach it.
Details of the competition can be found on the TrueTube website where you will find three two-minute films encompassing the essential parts of the Easter story. These are namely, ‘The Last Supper’, ‘The Crucifixion’ and ‘The Resurrection.’ They are excerpts from the BBC1 documentary ‘The Story of Jesus’ and provide a dramatic reconstruction of the events. Students are asked to produce voiceovers for each section. The winner will be invited to TrueTube’s recording studio in the heart of London between Monday the 17th of March 2014 and Friday the 28th of March 2014. When they arrive, they will experience the world of media first hand and record their voiceover scripts which will then be dubbed onto the films. TrueTube will cover the cost of travel for two people (including the student) and provide a DVD of the finished films and certificate to the winner. A session in a recording studio is bound to bring out the competitive streaks of your students, and get them engaged in the task! The films will go live on the TrueTube website for the world to see, and for your students to feel proud.
It can be a challenge for any teacher to convey the emotions running through Biblical stories. This competition provides a creative way for teachers to demonstrate how such topics as loyalty, courage and betrayal feature in the story of Easter and it gives students the chance to personally express their response to what they learn. Taking part will expand your students’ imaginations and bring out their creative side. You could even use it as a cross-curricular activity with your English or Media department!
The judges will be asked to look out for:
· A clear knowledge of the Easter story.
· An understanding of what the events of Easter mean for Christians.
· A voice-over that matches and creatively responds to the images on screen.
· An imaginative use of language in poetry or prose.
Students are free to play around with the form of their prose or poems. They may chose to provide a reflection on the film, comment on what the audience are seeing, or produce an emotional response. The TrueTube team will shortlist four entries for each film in two categories - Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9) and Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) - from which winners will be chosen by our judging panel. Teachers’ notes are provided on the website to help you get started. This activity gives your students the chance to feel like a star for the day and learn a valuable part of their religious education curriculum in the process.