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A Look Back at “Inside Out” – Movies For a Change

In our recent Inside Out sessions, we dug into emotions, self-identity, and how movies can teach us. This follow-up is all about what we learned from “Inside Out” and the fun activities we did.

A recap of Week 1: Understanding Emotions and Ourselves

We started by introducing the youth to the program and discussing why movies are a great tool for learning. Then, we watched the first part of the movie “Inside Out,” where a girl named Riley has feelings like Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust. We chatted about how our feelings are similar to those of Riley’s, we being in the command center of our lives.

Introduction to photography

The youth attending the program were interested to learn the technical side of photography we learned about some basic settings that would allow us to express ourselves and our intentions with the camera. We talked about photography as an art as well as a tool for expressing our feelings.

Week 2: Time and emotion in our photographs

During our second session, we finished watching “Inside Out” and talked more about how it made us feel. We discussed that there are key memories and “pillars” on which we base our lives. Personality, core values… shape who we are and how we act. Emotions play a big role on our living and they are all intertwined.

Time and emotion through pictures:

We learnt about using aperture and (time) shutter speed settings in photography. Changing these allows us to very our focus from a very particular subject to a wider field of view that brings more subjects into focus. Mixing aperture with time opens up a whole new range of creative possibilities that we can capitalize on and use to express ourselves.


Combined with creative activities, learning about photography, made it possible for our youth to gain new tools that will help them to navigate this journey of life.

We’re excited for more movie adventures, we want to hear what you think about these sessions.

If you have watched the movie, let us know what you thought about “Inside Out”. We’re gearing up for more movies next week, so feel free to join us at Contemporary Calgary, Mondays 4:30 to 7:30pm.

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