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90-Second Newbery: Two versions of The Hundred Dresses

January 22, 2014

The January 20 deadline for this year’s 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is past! I’m just now sorting through an avalanche of delightful entries. More on that soon. In the meantime, have you made your plans to attend our screenings in Chicago (Feb. 1), San Francisco (Feb. 8), Oakland, CA (Feb. 8), Tacoma (Mar. 1), Portland, OR (Mar. 2), and New York City (Mar. 22)? Click on the links of the cities to reserve your free ticket!

In the meantime: this year for the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival I’ve received two versions of Eleanor Estes’ 1945 Honor book The Hundred Dresses.

The first adaptation, above, is by Amy, Casey, Phoebe, Penelope, Lucas, Philip, PJ, and Caleb of Cresskill, NJ. They nailed the plot and I liked all the little touches, like the original music by Lucas and the art of the hundred dresses themselves. I liked the students’ rambunctiousness at the beginning and that was a good creepy shot of when they were exploring the empty house. Great job with the screenplay and camera work too!

Here’s the other adaptation of The Hundred Dresses, this one by Lily and Maddie:

Very resourceful how they played so many of the parts themselves. And they zipped through the plot quite effectively with a tight script and good acting. I also liked the “old film stock” effect they put on the video. Well done!

This is a short post, I know, but very busy today! More videos to come soon!