Zombies Inveigled was a brilliant initiative that I was asked to get involved with back in January. One of the XL classes had the chance to work with special effects make-up and wanted to create something appropriate to show it off. After discussing a variety of possibilities, the pupils decided that they would like to develop their own comic.
Over ten weeks, we introduced the class to graphic novels, and very much led by their enthusiasm and creativity, guided them through the process of creating their own using Comic Life software. We developed storyboards, scouted for locations, took hundreds of photographs, learned how to use the software and constantly evaluated, while specialist artist Kirsty McCabe taught them ever more complicated and gory techniques with their zombie makeup (see the Bodies in the Library for more details). The final product was printed in A3 and displayed in school, then shown at the XL Exhibition, with the class well deserved praise from all who saw it.
From a professional viewpoint, the variety and number of skills required was phenomenal: storyboarding; synthesis; planning; navigating through files; image searching; saving images from the web; copyright awareness; importance of titles; using a thesaurus; involving other staff; identifying locations; photography techniques; directing others; marketing their product; and perhaps most importantly, keeping the peace :-). Information Literacy fell into this process very naturally and techniques were introduced as required.
Personally I’m delighted to have been involved in such an entertaining and educational experience, especially one in which staff and pupils learned so much from each other.