|CLASS AND HANDS ON EXPERIENCE: Hand Out Materials and Organize Groups
IFFF teachers introduce the concept of "What is a Superhero?" and explore the powers and characteristics that make up a superhero, how the group will embody this originally created character, and how they will make a comic book and animatic of this superhero.
For this project, the group will be divided into smaller PRODUCTION UNITS. The groups meet and each group decides on a different superhero style premise for their comic book and begins early design ideas and story ideas.
Possible Superhero Style Premises (and descriptions):
1. Zero to Hero (A "nobody" down on his/her luck, with no-to-low social status, finds a way to acquire some super powers to become a superhero.)
2. Mutation (Through some extraordinary chemical or physical process, a person is able to mutate at will (or not - think "The Hulk") from an ordinary person into a superhero.)
3. Mind Powers (Through some quirk of fate or exposure to other forces, a person has a unique ability to bend nature with the mind and its powers.)
4. Powers passed down from family members (It's all about "the genes." Like a family trait or characteristic, superhero power is passed on from one to another by DNA.)
5. Secret Identity (This superhero lives a "double life" by living a routine workaday life by day, and a dynamic, danger-filled superhero life by night, or vice versa.)
6. Super Hero Teams/Squads (Superheros team up to accomplish certain goals, often complementing and sometimes contradicting one another's powers.)
7. The Price of Power (Eventually, every power exacts a price. What does a Superhero sacrifice for his/her power, and more importantly, what will he or she DO with that power? Fight good or fight Evil?)
8. Crime Fighter Born Out of Personal Tragedy (Batman, The Punisher)
9. Stranger (often alien) with the ability to help.