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Hothouse 7 - The Big Swing

Hothouse 7 - The Big Swing

| 1 min

The macabre tale of a child trying to overcome her fear of the swing.

Produced as part of the 7th edition of the NFB’s Hothouse apprenticeship.

  • writer
    Paula Gillgannon
  • director
    Paula Gillgannon
  • mentoring director
    Luigi Allemano
  • composer
    Darren Fung
  • musician
    John Corban
    Darren Fung
    Amy Horvey
    Guillaume Roy
    Anna Sampson
  • editor
    Jelena Popovic
  • sound editor
    Luigi Allemano
  • digital imaging
    Susan Gourley
    Randall Finnerty
    Fred Casia
  • foley
    Karla Baumgardner
  • recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • music mix
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • re-recording
    Serge Boivin
  • titles
    Gaspard Gaudreau
  • on-line
    Denis Gathelier
  • technical co-ordination
    Julie Laperrière
    Steve Hallé
  • administration
    Gisèle Guilbault
    Rosalina Di Sario
    Elaine Largie
  • executive producer
    David Verrall
  • producer
    Michael Fukushima
  • associate producer
    Maral Mohammadian


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Ages 13 to 17

English Language Arts - Poetry

After viewing the film, discuss the meaning of the word “macabre”: the quality of having or portraying a ghastly atmosphere. Macabre works emphasize the symbols and details of death. Read a short story or poem by Edgar Allan Poe; then, citing the short film Big Swing as inspiration, ask students to create a short story or poem entitled “The Swing.” Record the completed pieces or present them live, in front of an audience or on the public address system in the school.

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