Slender: The Short Film

It’s here!

Hot on the heels of the world premiere (an intimate screening with family and friends in Eastown at our Festive Finale 2014), the teens at Open Doors now present the Internet debut of Slender:  The Short Film.  

You can read about the history of this Slender project, and about the process along the way.  You can also read our thoughts and concerns associated with the Wisconsin stabbing incident on May 30.

We couldn’t be more pleased with this project and the fun and learning it brought about.   It’s a great example of self-directed learning in action, and it’s what we’re all about here at Open Doors.

Slender Man Update

(Note:  If you are concerned about the May 30 stabbing in Wisconsin and its relevance to Slender Man, please see our statement here.  Our thoughts are with all the families and communities involved, and we hope for a complete and speedy recovery for the victim.)

As you may remember, our Critical Thinking and Feeling class has been working on a movie after our Slender Man adventure.  A few weeks ago we went Goodwill shopping for part of Slender Man’s costume, to which we added a few minor modifications.

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Strangely, Goodwill didn’t carry a Slender Man mask, so we made our own:

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We’ve been scouting locations and here are some preliminary stills from the first day of shooting:

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Stay tuned!

Community Collaboration with Goodwill Industries

Real learning in the real world is such an important principle at Open Doors.  That’s why we’re happy to share a story of our collaboration with Goodwill Industries, a non-profit with significant positive influence in our community.

As described in Learning with Slender Man, our Critical Thinking and Feeling class is working on a short scary film.  They went to Goodwill to pick out costumes and props for the movie.  When we called ahead about our trip, the staff was happy to accommodate us and make room for our photographer, Lori, to take pictures.

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Thank you to Goodwill Industries and Moments by Lori Ann.

The class was careful to respect other customers and their privacy.  They were delighted to find low-prices on costumes and other fun items.  The world is our classroom, a place where budgeting, creating, and cooperative problem-solving all happen naturally — thank you to Goodwill Industries for being a part of that.

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Working together!

(Note:  If you are concerned about the May 30 stabbing in Wisconsin and its relevance to Slender Man, please see our statement here.  Our thoughts are with all the families and communities involved, and we hope for a complete and speedy recovery for the victim.)

Learning with Slender Man

(Note:  If you are concerned about the May 30 stabbing in Wisconsin and its relevance to Slender Man, please see our statement here.  Our thoughts are with all the families and communities involved, and we hope for a complete and speedy recovery for the victim.)

Last week in Open Doors’ Critical Thinking and Feeling class, instructor Adena Koslek decided to play the student.  She asked the class to design an activity that would bring her out of her shell, as her “student self” was feeling a bit anxious about participating, though underneath it all she really wanted to.

After some brainstorming, the class introduced “Shy Adena” to Slender Man, an Internet horror legend.

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Creepy.

The class then encouraged Adena to play one of the Slender Man video games, which involve the player exploring a dark house or a landscape with only a flashlight, looking for signs to lead her to safety, only to have the Slender Man appear.  When he does, the player character’s vision warps as she meets her doom.

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Slender Man appears from the darkness — your vision blurs as you meet your doom.

The class then brought the game to life for their shy student.  Two members put up signs for Adena to follow around Eastown, ostensibly to bring her to safety, while one member, dressed in black, played the Slender Man, appearing just as she thought she was going to make it.

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Is he there?

The fun and thrill of being scared out of their wits inspired the class further, and they hope to develop a short horror film (in cooperation with their Film Studies class) for their end-of-the-year project.

Who knew that this is where the class would lead?  The journey of real-world learning is often so surprising, so laugh-out-loud fun.  It can start with the Internet as a window to the world — it can move into local community and creative endeavors.  It can be as thrilling and surprising as spotting Slender Man — one just never knows.

Slender:  The Short Film

The Making of Slender