Would you like to watch a beautiful but sad story? Here is Sintel, a short video which will make you feel and think deeply. You will feel the sorrow of a girl who is looking for a baby dragon that she has lost. In her search, Sintel finds difficulties and has to fight to get what she wants. The end is not as she expected, but she finally gets a reward for her quest. Likewise, young people are always in search of something and they have to fight. This film shows that you may get a reward if you make efforts to achieve a goal.
Sintel has been created by the Blender Foundation on an Open Movie Project. First of all, enjoy the video while you watch it in full screen without subtitles. It is a wonderfully animated film with a song in the end. Pay attention to Sintel's feelings throughout the story. Then you can choose English or Spanish subtitles if you need them.
1. Sintel is a very sensitive person; like you, perhaps? I think that the most important feature in this video is the great variety of Sintel's feelings and emotions. Do you agree? Can you identify them in these pictures? Fill the gaps with the number which corresponds to each of the feelings (in the form of adjectives) which Sintel shows in the pictures above.
Example: happy. Key to check your answers: rightwrong
2. Now do this test to match Sintel's feelings with the causes which provoked them. The pictures above will help you. Click on a number and then on a letter.
3. What feelings did you have when you saw some scenes in the story? For example:
I was very sad when Scales died, but I was very happy when Scales' baby dragon went with Sintel in the end.
Now you have to guess what Sintel is thinking on those situations when she is feeling something special. Match her feelings with her thoughts. If you find it difficult, ask your teacher for help. What other thoughts can you add?
The story is quite simple, but it is very effective. Here is the story in chronological order, that is, presenting the story according to the time in which the actions happened. It is told using the present tense, and you have to change the twenty verbs in Present Simple into the Past Simple tense. But be careful, because there are regular and irregular verbs. After you type each answer, press ENTER or click anywhere on the document. Key to check your answers: rightwrong
I hope you liked this moving story. You may want to write a comment here to show what you feel about Sintel's story. Yes, I know, it is very sad. So, perhaps you can change it and write a new story in the editor below and email it to your teacher or to yourself, or you can also print it.
Finally, listen to Sintel's song again and read the lyrics below.
Come Take My Journey
I Have Been Waiting
As The Dawn
I Will Be Listening
As The Dawn
If Sintel's story is worthwhile watching, tell your friends to come and enjoy the video and the activities.
(Updated on 12th September 2015)
Texto de Alejandro Valero - 10.05.11
URL del artículo: http://www.tinglado.net/?id=sintel-in-search-of-a-dragon
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