When a book is not a book

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Nicole Gibson makes a video of a book. The project is part of a class being taught at McNary High School by Jason Heimerdinger. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Nicole Gibson makes a video of a book. The project is part of a class being taught at McNary High School by Jason Heimerdinger. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

When Erik Timm first heard that he would be making a video of a book earlier this year, he immediately reached for one of his favorites, J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.

“I thought it was great. It’s Bilbo Baggins, but there’s no pictures,” Timm said.

As it turned out, he needed something more visual for what teacher Jason Heimerdinger had in mind, which was turning the reading of a book into a visual and audible experience. Children’s picture books are ideal because they come with ready-made illustrations.

“I ended up going with If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” Timm said.

Heimerdinger landed on the idea while reading to his own children. The experience is far more than taking static shots of pages and then laying an audio clip over them.

Haris Kahn selected an adaptation of Disney’s The Lion King because it had the fewest pages, but he’s not limited by the page count.

“After we have the static shots we can put them in the editing program and move them around to mimic the experience of shooting with a moving camera,” Khan said.

Having selected The Giving Tree for her video, Liv Pond has found the most challenging aspects to be wrapping a fairly text-heavy book around Shel Silverstein’s illustrations.

“Sometimes I’ve got to get a page of text around one illustration while other times it’s a much smaller amount of text,” she said.

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