Integrating Filmmaking and Mathematics: The Life of Zero

The Life of Zero is a collaborative film project that addresses an abstract mathematical concept through a theatrical display of performing arts. The movie associates the positive and negative undertones of the number line with real life conflicts that students face every day. Almost entirely conducted through interpretive dance, the students were able to combine movement and dramatic display as a way of translating the discordant nature of the positive and negative integers. The students that participated in the film project were involved at all levels of production from conceptualizing the story and designing the storyboard to creating props, designing the sets, helping with choreography, providing lighting and special effects, and acting.


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