Let’s make a movie – in Latin!
Posted on May 13, 2021
Gold Coast Prep Fifth Grade students’ film won the Top Award in the Primary Latin Project’s Mythology Competition, sponsored by Jowett Trust, Balliol College, Oxford. The theme was Odysseus and the Sirens. Students first wrote the script collaboratively in English. They then translated into as much Latin as they knew. They changed some of the lines to accommodate their Latin vocabulary. Google translator helped with some of the phrases. The children managed the costumes from the school stock. The opening is a video of Lake Michigan that one of the students filmed from their home balcony. Another of the students is a gifted singer who recorded an aria she is currently working on with her voice teacher as the sirens’ song. We used an outdoor set and filmed one person at a time or socially distanced in order to allow the children to be unmasked. Filming outside proved challenging with the noise of the city, so the students recorded a voiceover. We are thrilled to showcase the fruits of their labor as we present: Odysseus et Sirenes.