1. The Raw Pineapple is a simple story: the state of California breaks loose and floats into the islands of Hawaii and then they BOTH start heading towards the country of India. What do you think will happen? This film is filled with authentic surfer slang, triggerfish, some Hawaiian and New Zealand dialect and plenty of other silliness mixed with fact. (There really is a Mumbai International Film Festival for Short and Animated Films.)

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  2. For The Making of The Raw Pineapple, the two documentary cameras used were Panasonic DVX-100's. The Designated Educator Camera was a Canon XL-1S. (The assumption is that anyone else doing an after school program will have only one camera - hence the DEC.) Lishka was miced using a Sony ECM-77 wireless with a WRT-28 transmitter (no longer available but there are newer kinds out there). A Sennheiser ME-80 shotgun mic (also not made anymore) and a Sound Devices 302 Mixer were also used. The students were filmed in front of a Chromaflex screen and a blue LiteRing was attached to the DEC (both from reflecmedia).

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  3. Cut clean in half and still talking! Our talking pineapple narrator had more to say than we thought. While making The Raw Pineapple, we discovered that a pineapple cut in half with two olives stuck on for eyes was continually hilarious. Since you couldn't be there – watch this.

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  4. This is the first Kranky Kids film ever made. The students wanted to be Super Agents or Fantastic Detectives so I ended up making them Bad Detectives, as in, they weren't very good at their job.

    Yes – they ruined evidence, solved cases by serendipity (one of the words they learned during filming) and made a lot of noise when hiding.

    Tink is a mystery figure to this first group of Bad Detectives. They try to figure out who or what Tink is – and when they do find Tink – they get a big SURPRISE.

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  5. We asked the school librarian to choose for us a favorite school library book to act out and she gave us this one:

    An Undone Fairy Tale
    by Ian Lendler
    Illustrated by Whitney Martin

    Students can read it for themselves, but they really enjoy having it read to them. What makes this book so fun is that the narrator in the book keeps telling you NOT to turn the page. So, of course, if you're reading aloud the narrator part you can threaten to stop reading and this makes the children ask and beg and pleeeeeea-d for the story to go on because it's fun (the story and the collective begging and pleading).

    We used a Flip Ultra camera for filming and Final Cut Pro for editing. Everything was done on the spot with what and who was available during a regular Kranky Kids after-school program.

    Nothing was rehearsed and a bit of the story was changed because, well, we only had what we had to do the telling.

    We also interviewed the knights who failed to rescue the princess (aka The Bad Knights). Because he liked the video we made of his book – Ian Lendler came to see all the students at the school.

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Kranky Kids has been around since 1995 and provides free in-school and after-school programs using radio, theater and video. Since we are trying to help kids learn more than just good manners, the humor is fact-based. Research for our projects has led…


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Kranky Kids has been around since 1995 and provides free in-school and after-school programs using radio, theater and video. Since we are trying to help kids learn more than just good manners, the humor is fact-based. Research for our projects has led to things like our Surfer and Hawaiin Slang Dictionary (krankykids.com/info/surf_slang/A), our My Daily Cow App (krankykids.com/apps/mydailycow/index) and The Cow Wall (krankykids.com/cows/alphabetical/a).

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