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90-Second Newbery Movies from the Foote School in New Haven, CT: 2014

January 20, 2014

In both 2011 and 2012 I received a bunch of 90-Second Newbery videos from Jim Adams’ English class at the Foote School in New Haven, Connecticut. I was delighted with their work, which you can see here (2011) and here (2012). Back in 2013, Jim sent me a bunch of brand-new, lovely videos for this year’s film festival. Now’s the time to post them watch them!

So that this post isn’t too long, I have collected all of the videos on a separate page, but for a taste, check out the movie above of Armstrong Sperry’s 1941 Medal winner Call It Courage, as adapted by Jaden, Sammy, and Zane—in the style of Minecraft.

How brilliant to do the entire thing in Minecraft! Especially an adventure story like this, with big vistas and difficult-to-film landscapes—computer assistance is the perfect solution. Compelling and very watchable. I’m looking forward to seeing many more 90-Second Newberys done in Minecraft. It opens up all kinds of storytelling opportunities!

To see the rest of Jim Adams’ class’ 2013 90-Second Newberys from the Foote School in New Haven, go here!