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Five vital, award-winning educational videos on ONE DVD!
extraordinary. I think that there's great stuff in here for adults.
Teenagers should see this and there's some morality play kind of things in here,
the consequences of drunk driving, etc., but this is powerful stuff."
-Thom Hartmann (hear interview below)
"The only acclaim most educational videos receive are groans and yawns from an ungrateful audience, but Santa Fe producer Jim Terr
has assembled a DVD of videos on subjects as diverse as driving safety, World War II and teen reading that's been praised across the nation." -Santa Fe Reporter
Producer commentary about this video collection:
Part One (9:45)
Part Two (5:01)
Public radio news story by independent reporter Angela Taylor, Dec. 6, 2004 (4:37)
11-12-04 interview on national Thom Hartmann radio program (MP3 only, 12:24)
12-17-04 interview on national Jim Bohannon radio program (MP3 only, 6:53)
Now!! All five award-winning, life-saving,
life-enriching programs on one DVD!
New video excerpts below
(view back cover and brief reviews)
Below are reviews of the three newest videos on this DVD.
Click on these links to read about the two other acclaimed
videos included in abridged form on this DVD, on
World War Two Veterans (condensed to 39 minutes) and
Holocaust Survivors (condensed to 27 minutes).
Finally, a driving safety video gets
through to teens: "NO BLOODSHED"
The "No Bloodshed" video succeeds
in getting teens to slow down!
A PARENT'S GUIDE Top Ten Video 2003!!
See three video excerpts on YouTube: Lock your doors!
NO BLOODSHED illustrates the potential dangers of driving to hard-to-impress
teenagers, by using unusual physics demonstrations, wry humor,
crash tests and interviews with medical professionals and victims.
Avoids gory, blood-and-guts images, which reportedly
appeal to some teens and therefore have the opposite effect.
NO BLOODSHED: The High Road to Understanding Driving Danger. Blue Canyon 2002, rel. 2003, 39 min.
Gr. 7-12. Featuring interviews with doctors, safety experts, and crash victims, as well as employing driving "experiments" based on physics (force and motion), this excellent video (thankfully containing no graphic accident footage) introduces safe driving concepts. A character named "Doofus Clueless" gets behind the wheel to perform the demonstrations, which pack a lot of punch. For example, a raw roasting chicken is skewered on the end of a pipe and attached to a car driven at 40 miles per hour. The chicken hits a metal roadside barrier and is pulverized.
Other experiments use a coconut and a cow's femur bone to demonstrate force. Containing touches of humor, this well edited, smoothly paced program gets kids' attention without resorting to sensationalism. Recommended for both school and public library collections.
-Debra McLeod, "BOOKLIST" (American Library Association) June, 2003
School Library Journal June 2003
Gr 10 Up--Confronting teens with their own mortality is a daunting task. This production is sure to catch the rookie driver's attention. English and Spanish disclaimers warn viewers not to attempt the demonstrations in the video that are staged by professionals. The video is narrated by producer Jim Terr's nephew, Toby Konno, "former teen." Safety and seat belt usage are stressed. Medical personnel, traffic safety experts, and paraplegic crash victims reinforce the need for-safe driving. What will make an impact on viewers, however, are the terribly visual and visceral demonstrations by Ryan Miera playing Doofus Clueless "crash test dummy come to life." The remnants of a raw chicken smashed at 40 mph, the sight of a cow femur shorn in half by a slow moving vehicle, and the results of a coconut representing a human skull hit by a baseball bat will give the audience pause. . . The segments with Kanno are frank, straightforward, and terribly compelling. . . the segments with Doofus Clueless will stay with viewers long after the production ends. While the film comes off as a bit quirky, it is compelling and might just help to save some lives. This fine effort by Terr would be a good addition to school and public library collection .
--Mike Brown, Bowie High School, MD
"Excellent! The students were captivated throughout. The information presented was extremely pertinent and factual. The format was perfect for teens."
-Karen Kaye, Driver's Ed., Del Norte High School,
NO BLOODSHED: The High Road to Understanding Driving Danger * * * (3 stars)(2002) 39 min. Blue Canyon Productions.
Our cars are like little ambulatory rooms: our own personal environment that moves along with us. Unfortunately, this sense of being relatively motionless while driving can create a false sense of security that masks those potential and very real dangers that can lead to an automobile accident.
This straightforward video simply and creatively illustrates the consequences of failing to be a vigilant, common-sense driver, and it does so without the use of gory shock tactics (demonstrations of car-related bodily harm use a coconut instead of a head, which may actually be more of an effective visual for kids who are already special-effects and stage makeup savvy).
Practical safety tips (locking your doors make the car more structurally sound in case of a rollover) are combined with segments featuring Doofus Clueless, a "crash test dummy come to life," bringing home the message that not paying attention and showing off while driving -- common teen errors -- are hazardous to life and limb....this is a good and affordable alternative to the overwhelming number of mediocre shock-and-scare titles in this category. Recommended. Audience: junior high, high school, public libraries.
-Erika Gieschen, "VIDEO LIBRARIAN" May/June, 2003
"Forget mangled bodies and dry lectures. This video addresses a very serious issue for teens with humor, grace, and uncommon intelligence, delivered in a way that teens will take to heart. As a parent of two teenagers who drive, I am very happy someone finally made a video like this. Teens will love this video. And I have been driving more carefully since I watched it."
-Victor La Cerva MD, Family Health Medical Director, NM Dept of Health
View life-saving short video excerpts below:
WHY walk facing traffic?
Another reason to lock your doors.
"I'd give the $35 million back..."
These are excerpts from the "No Bloodshed" video (above)
"Doofus Speaks of Driving Safety",
excerpts from this video,
a featured selection at the 2003
Santa Fe Film Festival!
To see complete 10-minute
show, view on YouTube
AUDIO excerpts from the "No Bloodshed" video
(MP3s may be downloaded in their entirety by radio stations
for use as public service announcements)
Please let your favorite radio station know about these
public service announcements
Powerful stuff......we will be putting them in the rotation.
-Warren Bailey, Managing Partner
WKXL-AM / WTPL-FM, Concord / Manchester, NH
For RADIO P.S.A. use:
60-second AUDIO excerpts
30-second audio excerpts
Crash test dummy come-back-to-life
Information on purchasing these videos
for libraries, schools and individuals
(c) 2003 All Rights Reserved.
Unauthorized use or duplication is expressly prohitibed.
GOOD BOOK ON THE SUBJECT -- AND TIM,
THE AUTHOR, IS A GREAT RADIO INTERVIEW:
Click on image to go to website
VIDEO 2 OF 5 ON DVD:
Teens Reveal the Thrill of Reading
(BCV 108) Length: 361/2 minutes
(This is one of five videos included on the DVD at top of page)
Interviews with teens who read independently, for pleasure, sharing
their enthusiasm for reading in general and their favorite books in
particular. Designed to excite other teens about this valuable lifelong
habit, to make reading more appealing and "acceptable."
Includes important public service announcement about reading
from Rusty "The Chick Magnet" Rutherford.
Booklist (American Library Assn), July 2004
Blue Canyon 2003, released 2004, 37 minutes
An ethnically diverse mix of young teens with wide-ranging literary tastes sing the praises of books in this homage to reading. Starting with one girl's considerations of poetry by pop singer Jewel and Pablo Neruda, as well as some of her favorite books including nonfiction titles, Reviving Ophelia and Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul, the program continues with a succession of convincingly enthusiastic book lovers talking about the appeal of works by Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jack London, Harper Lee, John Grisham and others.
Discussions often revolve around the reasons books are better than the movie adaptations. Thanks to an energetic shooting and editing style (the kids are filmed in outdoor and indoor settings), the program minimizes a talking-heads approach. From classics to contemporary novels, the discussed books clearly fire the imaginations of young people who puncture the stereotype that teens have short attention spans and don't read for pleasure. -Jeff Dick
KIDS' READING DROPS AT AGE 8: The older kids get, the less time they devote to reading for fun, according to a survey released yesterday. The Kids and Family Reading Report, which tracks kids' opinions, said 44 percent of kids between the ages of 5 to 8 say they read for fun every day. That drops off to 29 percent by the time a youngster reaches ages 9 to 11 and by the upper teens - fuhgeddaboutit. Only 16 percent of youths 15 to 17 say they read for pleasure every day. The survey, taken by the firm Yankelovich on behalf of Scholastic Publishers, also said the No. 1 source for suggesting a good read isn't some tykster version of Oprah Winfrey, but teachers and librarians.
VIDEO 3 OF 5 ON DVD:
Glimpses of How It's Made
(BCV 109) Length: 341/2 minutes
(This is one of five videos included on the DVD at top of page)
(Review from Library Journal, March 2004)
This video will fascinate the curious with an inside look into the creation of our high-tech world. The underlying message here is that although machines make products and components, people with education in math and science are ultimately responsible for these machines. We can all relate to some of the products shown, including toilet paper, jet airplanes, and microscope parts. The visits to eight factories offer a brief "wow," with machines shooting out materials. Though professionals offer some explanation of the various processes, this video is more a stimulus to encourage students to stay in school, have a vision, and work to make their vision possible. Recommended for school and undergraduate libraries.-Debbie Rzepczynski, Lake Cty. P.L., Merrillville, IN
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Public service message for “free lance creatives”
When submitting a public service message idea to the New Mexico Department of Transportation, please follow these simple guidelines: DON’T DO IT!!!
Take it from me, a guy with a fairly good public record of creative work (including the VERY long-running “Toss No Mas” jingle. I submitted an idea which arguably, years later, resulted in the popular NMDOT “Don’t Text” video, “DNTXT: Deadly Conversation”. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwta1bxyLGw )
When I made the Department aware of my earlier submission, and gently suggested they pay me what I had requested as a creative fee in the first place, they politely declined, based on technicalities**, while not actually denying that my idea may have likely resulted in the current campaign.
This is the highly principled, morality-in-government, “do the right thing” Martinez administration, by the way. So, until further notice, and until they decide to do the right thing, my suggested guideline for submitting ideas remains: DON’T DO IT!
- Jim Terr 2014 / email bluecanyon2 – at – juno – dot – com
** and asking ME – legal expert that I am not – if I can let them know of any statutes contradicting the technicality they cited!!