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Toys Come To Life In Surreal Shots

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Video Length: 1:03

Updated on: 08/17/2021

Lesson Time: 1–2 hrs.

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Lesson Description

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a short documentary and do a listening exercise on a toy photographer who works for Disney. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about photography. Students learn some important vocabulary terms and phrases from the video. The post-viewing section includes activities on vocabulary context usage, rewriting sentences, and video frame descriptions. The grammar activity features the passive voice in the past simple. There are additional speaking tasks included, as well as a quiz and review section with a bonus activity.

Video Description

Mitchel Wu from Los Angeles, California stages plastic toy characters to create stories through photo. Disney hired him to create surreal scenes from their iconic franchises like Toy Story and Star Wars. Using practical effects like liquid splashes, and digital effects in Photoshop, the former wedding photographer and recreates the illusion of motion film in a still. In a six-hour process, Wu captures the nostalgia of Harry Potter, Spongebob, Rocky, Batman, Lord of the Rings and more through his self taught craft.

Lesson Activities

Short Answers, Word Choice, Discussion Topics
Multiple Choice, Parts of Speech, Context Usage
Passive Voice in Past Simple
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activity

Lesson Topics

Photography, Toys

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