Thomas Shaw '20, Ben Rosin '20, and Matthew Flynn '19 wrote, animated, and scored a video to support the GFS Annual Giving Campaign.
Thomas Shaw '20, Ben Rosin '20, and Matthew Flynn '19 created a thoughtful video to shine light on how GFS inspires students to be critical thinkers, stewards, and engaged community members. Not only did they create a visually interesting and meaningful fundraising tool, but they also gained valuable experience creating a video from scratch as a team—writing, editing, animating, and scoring the entire project on their own.
"It was a challenge to learn how to use the software for the animation. It was a new technical level for me," said Thomas, a student at GFS since seventh grade. "I didn't expect to have this much fun working on an animation!"
Ben, a GFS student since the third grade, added, "It was an excellent opportunity for me to combine the persuasive writing I've done in school, with the values instilled in me by my parents about the importance of speaking eloquently, and saying what you mean."
While Ben and Thomas wrote the text and developed the animation, they knew they needed a musically creative and strategic partner to complete the project, so they approached Matthew to help make their vision a reality. He has extensive experience writing music, but had never worked on an animated production.
"I felt that the music needed to have some synths in it, so I had to learn about them," said Matthew, who has attended GFS since kindergarten.
This project was a memorable challenge and collaboration for these students and friends, and a special way for them to give back to a school that helped them discover their creative voices.