Sam Hall and Tim Lahay, two members of local band Second Street Bridge, were here this week to rock with the high school group. Sam, vocal and guitar, and Tim, bass guitar, played a lot of their original songs for us and even a few covers at the request of the kids. The group was given the chance to ask the two young men for some tips for aspiring musicians and their responses were mature, down-to-earth and motivational. The best part was these two are high school juniors themselves, so it was an especially inspirational day at the camp!
Dr. Adrian Lauf from University of Louisville and the FPV Race League were here last week to teach the kids about drones. The kids learned some basics from Dr. Lauf and then participated in some hands-on fun with mini-drones! After zipping the drones around the gym and trying to land on their targets (only sometimes successfully, but not for lack of effort), the kids watched one of the guy’s from the FPV Race League do some tricks with a larger stunt drone. It was one of our best days yet!
Louisville Orchestra Music Director, Teddy Abrams, came over to Uspiritus with a few members of the Louisville Orchestra to make awesome music with the kids! Teddy talked with the kids about basic rhythm and the emotions behind certain types of music. Then, we all got to make our own musical instruments out of recycled materials such as water bottles, paper towel tubes and beans. Everyone gathered back in the main room and we all played our instruments with Teddy conducting and playing the piano, creating a unique Landfill Orchestra Symphony.
Lori from Louisville Visual Art came by the Uspiritus campuses last week for another fun-filled and educational session of UpstartU. The kids used their unique creativity in a photography and mandala project. Using a Kaleidoscope app, an app with a lot of cool photo filters and manipulations, on iPads, the kids went outdoors to take photos of people and things (usually their friends and staff members) that meant something to them. Then they used these photos to spark inspiration in drawing their own mandalas. It was two great days of blending technology and creativity!
What a great day it was for the kick-off of UpstartU! The amazing filmmaker and director, Zach Meiners, brought over 10 professional industry veterans to Uspiritus to give the kids an overview of how a movie is made. The kids loved being able to see some props from real movies like Star Wars and Harry Potter, learn how ‘movie makeup’ is applied and even wrote their own screenplay with writer, Carl Ellsworth. Zombies were featured heavily in the storyline and the kids were able to play zombies coming to life in the filming of a live scene. Thank you to the entire team and crew that came out to share their talents with the children at Uspiritus. At the end of the day, everyone was able to say “That’s a Wrap!”
David met with Zach Meiners and Carl Ellsworth this morning to begin planning the first camp day. The kids will have an unbelievable opportunity to work with these two masters of film and film writing (and their colleagues) while getting a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to make a movie. We will be learning about everything from directing scenes to acting to editing. Ultimately, the kids will produce a short film by the end of the summer!
We met with the way cool Saffiyah today. She is going to close out the summer camp with her amazing team of hip-hop, break, jazz and pop dancers during a week-long session – resulting in a dance battle at the end of the week! Saffiyah has a unique way of engaging boys and girls of all ages through dance and movement. We are super excited that she has agreed to be part of the UpstartU camp and can’t wait to see what she has in store for the kids.