My youngest daughter is 14 years old and she is currently studying a short story. The story is called The Lottery written by Shirley Jackson, first published in 1948.
The book jacket describes the story as “A study in nightmare”. So, let’s give it to young, impressionable, school kids to see the effect it will have.
I think it’s a wonderful story. The New Yorker which does a monthly Fiction Podcast had A.M. Holmes reading The Lottery on 12 November, 2008.
My daughter’s assignment was to create a Film Trailer for the Short Story. The story line follows an ordinary small town activity building up to the drawing of the annual lottery.
The person selected will be chosen as the sacrifice to ensure that the harvest will be bountiful. And the “sacrifice” is conducted by town members stoning the “winner”.
Here is my daughter’s Trailer. She created the Storyboard, directed the film, found the music and edited it all together. I am amazed at the quality for a 14 year old.
THE LOTTERY MOVIE from joe distefano on Vimeo.
The lottery is a famous short story about a lottery that is held to see who will be stoned by the crowds. Francesca had to create a visual trailer of the short story she is studying. This is it, which she story-boarded, directed, starred in and edited.