The Clip Club

Primary after-school club in East London, UK – we watch, talk about, shoot and edit short films and clips

Archive for the month “March, 2013”

What makes a good comment?

May be we could work together on this? I’ve noticed most of you have started to make comments which is great, so now it’s time to start thinking about what makes a good one. Because this blog is public, and just about anyone in the world can read it, we have to try and make our comments less like a private conversation and more like a conversation that others might find interesting. How can we do that? Please comment and make some suggestions.

I thought of these. After reading a post, you could comment by saying:

  • something positive about someone’s post, giving a reason why
  • how it makes you think of something else (this could be something that’s happened or something else that you’ve read or seen elsewhere)
  • how it makes you feel
  • how someone you know might react to the post

There’s something really special about getting a comment about your post, so be supportive and respect what the other person has written, even if you disagree. It’s fine to disagree, but it’s always good to say why. In this way everyone might learn something new.

I look forward to your comments about this post! Happy Easter!

Sessions 6 & 7 – Editing

The Clip Club team talk some more about how they are going to finish their clips and 3 groups go off and film the last few shots. One group do a kind of scary tracking shot following Wizard23 through the corridors of the school: great camera work by Dual2 and stills work by Gman, from which everyone is going to benefit. Another pair film a classroom scene picking up from Clara’s extreme close-up and the last group film some strange and effective happenings with jumping pencils and wafting paper. All this footage will be used to create different movie trailers and nothing goes to waste.

IMG_2295I give everyone more advice about e-safety because it looks like some of the group have filled in boxes whilst commenting that they needn’t fill in. The group are reminded never to write their email addresses anywhere in school projects, nor their real names.

The next session sees the group editing their work on 3 Mac books. I remind them about selecting the good bits of clips to drag up into their projects and quickly create an example trailer with their footage, including some slowed down dialogue from some ‘accidentally filmed’ footage of the whole group talking – this is used as a soundtrack/sound effect to my example trailer. There’s a technical issue with one group but eventually they’re up and running, selecting clips and doing voice-over work. Two groups record their voices too loudly so they have to do them again. I explain that they can always make their voices louder in the software.

(I had to leave early this week because I was giving a presentation about The Clip Club and how it works at a Teachmeet-style event at the Media Education Association in Highbury.)

More people have started to comment so I think I’ll write a few things about what makes a good comment.

Testing the you-tube editor

So, welcome back. Here’s what I’ve been up to:

See ya!

Photographs by Gman



















Clara and Cara’s end of film rushes

Check these out and figure out how you’re going to edit them into your final piece.

Points of view – Nimbus

Thought you might like to see what Nimbus had to say about The Clip Club:

I just filmed him doing nothing for a minute or so and then asked him a couple of questions and recorded his answers… you know the rest.

Free clip editor on Youtube

By the way you can practice editing at home with this free Youtube video editor.

You choose your favourite clips in Youtube and upload them into the editor and you can make mash-ups of your favourite stuff. Have a go at it yourself. If you get stuck – here’s a lesson (tutorial):

It’s Tuesday – but no clip club?

Welcome back,

Yes, I know what you’re thinking!

Why is there no clip club today?

Well there is no school today so I guess I’ll be off.


Session 5 – Get Filming!

In session 5 we started our storyboard filming (for the storyboard click here) with : Director : Nimbus, Asst. Director: Gman, Camera 1: Dual2 and finally Actors : Carla, Leonardo, Clara and Wizard23. Firstly, we went to the front of the school building and took the establishing shot which was a pan. Secondly we went to class 5U as they have blackout blinds (which, I have to admit didn’t do their job very well) and took all our other shots including : a blackout and a BIG CLOSEUP of Clara – see Session 4 for more info.

All in all, a great session.

Session 5: Ideas into Team ‘Action!’

It’s amazing what can be achieved in 50 minutes when you work as a team…. All the clip clubbers get a letter asking for permission to use their ideas, photos, video clips, interview info for my research. It seems that everyone agrees it’s OK and hopefully their parents will too. They also get a user name and password to be able to contribute to the blog. We’ll be doing more on that.

We recap on our storyboard pictures and discuss the different shots, especially the importance of shot number 4 which is when the story changes and becomes more scary – the camera needs to build tension. Leonardo writes the shot list. We then establish who’s in front of the camera (acting) and who’s behind the camera (production crew):

  • Director (Nimbus) decides: what’s going in the frame and what’s not going in the frame; how the actors and props are positioned; if, how, when and where the actors move; roughly how long the shot will be; he also watches the view finder as the shot is being taken and decides if another shot needs to be taken
  • Assistant Director(Gman) works closely with the Director and organises (shouts at) the actors to move into position
  • Cameraman(Dual2) works with the Director to film the action and discusses camera position, angle, height, distance and movement
  • Next time I’d like someone (Gman?) to be the production Photographer and take some still shots to document the production
  • When we get a microphone, we’ll also be needing a Sound operator, to record the sound separately

We run through how people behave on set, what they say and the order of events. The shot is set up and the camera positioned:

  • The Assistant Director shouts: “All quiet!” (production crew gets behind the camera)
  • The Cameraman starts filming
  • The Cameraman shouts: “Camera rolling!”
  • The Director shouts: “Action!”
  • The Director shouts Cut!” (after leaving the camera rolling for a few more seconds than perhaps will be necessary)

We go out to the playground and get the establishing pan shot in the can. We find a classroom with black out blinds because we need to make it as dark as possible. We get the shots we need without having to do any retakes. Everyone works together. Well done team! Here are the rushes that we’ll be editing next time and remember you can decide – and shoot – how the story ends. Why not make some comments about how you might use the rushes in your film, what you like about them or what you might have done differently:

Establishing shot 1:

Establishing shot 2 (more zoomed in):

Classroom long shot, high angle (on a chair):

Empty chairs, same camera position, black out shot (post-production on this?):

Reaction shot, camera moving towards actor:

Extreme close up:

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