Friday, March 25, 2011

Epic Romeo and Juliet Update 6

Subtitled: Game Time!

I handed out the finalized scripts to all of the actors, directors, cameramen and any other student that wanted one. The kids were excited to have a legit script to place in their binder. It was funny to see. I wasn't expecting that time of response of a script. I think it made it very real for some of them.

I'm still getting lots of questions about Ms. Swift and the soundtrack. I still have not heard anything. I think it is great that people are still trying to reach out to Ms. Swift and help my students. You all have been amazing. Some very interesting conversations have been started on blogs about the fair use of songs and copyrights. I think I'm more proud of the fact that people are talking about an important topic in education. As educators, we need to push ourselves to talk about these kind of things and set an example for our students. My kids would love to have Ms. Swift's songs for their movie, but are ok if they can't use them. I personally think it is pushing them to look even harder at other musicq they are allowed to use. It might be nice to possibly give an unknown artist a chance. When we post this movie online, who knows who might end up watching it?

I'm tired. I have never been this tired working on a school project. This has been then most tiring experience in my life, but I don't know it until after the school day. I feed of the kid's energy all day and then I'm drained. I can't imagine doing this year to year. This might be an every other year type of project. That makes me a bit sad for students in the next year that will want to do this project, but I will just be too tired. On the other hand, it allows me to think of something even crazier to try.

Maybe I'll have everyone try and get Mr. Bieber involved in my next project. :-P

- Nick


  1. I was telling some of my students about your project, and they thought it sounded like fun! Who knows maybe your passion for this project will get other teachers to step up their game and create projects that get students out of their box and thinking creatively. Not that there aren't tons of teachers doing this, but you have inspire this teacher!

    Excited to see the end result!

  2. Nick - the first time you do something, it takes 10x more energy than the subsequent times. Everything is the first time and there is a lot of trial and error going on. Totally exhausting.

    Next time, you will already know what worked and what didn't, so instead of inventing from scratch, you are tweaking. Much less energy required.

  3. Nick, you can try emailing Mark Weiss at ASCAP ( or calling (615)255-9955. They license several of her songs, but I'm not seeing "Love Song" specifically. They may point you in the right direction. But realistically, the fact that you're posting it online might cause some issues. Give it a shot! Good luck.


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