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Bronxville High School Ninth-Graders Create Original Horror Movie Trailers PDF Print Email


By Plamena Quintavalla, Bronxville School Reporter for Syntax

Nov. 8, 2017:  Bronxville High School ninth-graders, who had been studying how to effectively tell stories in Fred Yannantuono’s English class, have created original and authentic horror movie trailers.

As part of their studies, they analyzed a visual history of the horror genre and synthesized rules for creating a great monster, victim, and setting. They also researched how to create mystery, suspense, and dramatic irony and generated original ideas for horror movies. After discussing the various elements of creating a movie, including lighting, camera angles, and a variety of shots, the students created storyboards for their own movie trailers.

“They’re learning that there are different ways that we can tell stories and there are different tools that are unique to both film and/or literature,” Yannantuono said. “While the basic fundamental elements of stories are the same, by having them think more visually, it provided the students with an opportunity to draw connections from our studies to their own personal lives.”

The students worked together in groups to capture a variety of shots on school grounds and edit their trailers. They were challenged to include low angle, high angle, and over-the-shoulder shots, as well as sidelighting, backlighting, horror sounds, voiceover, and special effects in their trailers.

“They really relished the opportunity to get out with their friends and be creative,” Yannantuono said. “The trailers were adorable, hilarious, and brilliant.”

To watch a video about the students’ horror movie trailers, visit the district’s website at  

Pictured here:  Bronxville High School ninth-graders creating original and authentic horror movie trailers as part of a storytelling unit in their English classes. 

Photo by The Bronxville School


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Bronxville is a quaint village (one square mile) located just 16 miles north of midtown Manhattan (roughly 30 minutes on the train) and has a population of approximately 6,500. It is known as a premier community with an excellent public school (K-12) and easy access to Manhattan. Bronxville offers many amenities including an attractive business district, a hospital (Lawrence Hospital), public paddle and tennis courts, fine dining at local restaurants, two private country clubs and a community library.

While the earliest settlers of Bronxville date back to the first half of the 18th century, the history of the modern suburb of Bronxville began in 1890 when William Van Duzer Lawrence purchased a farm and commissioned the architect, William A. Bates, to design a planned community of houses for well-known artists and professionals that became a thriving art colony. This community, now called Lawrence Park, is listed on the National register of Historic Places and many of the homes still have artists’ studios. A neighborhood association within Lawrence Park called “The Hilltop Association” keeps this heritage alive with art shows and other events for neighbors.

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