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 “October, 2013”

National Youth Film Festival nomination!

nyff siteNYFF sends us a very special email – telling us that we’ve been nominated in the Primary category for short film entries! Wow!

Looks like we’re all off to Vue Cinema, Leicester Square on Friday 8th November. We’re one of 3 nominations. Here’s part of the email notification.

Hoping DJess can make it from her other school!

Wish us luck!

nyff notif email

‘Run School Run!’ screened in Barcelona

Michelle goes to Barcelona to visit a school and see how they teach film in primary classes. She takes advantage of the moment to screen ‘Run School Run!’ to the Year 6 class. As it has no dialogue and the story is told simply through action, sound and camera placement it is very well received. This is our first international screening!

‘The Big Match’ analysis

man in the moonWe begin to look at how the animation in our last sessionThe Big Match –  is designed and how it illustrates the voice-over story. We write some things down to do with colour, setting, story and sequence. Here are some of the things we notice in the first 40 seconds of the film:

  • the bright green colour (keeps coming back)
  • text from newspaper cuttings
  • drawn postcard of a city with a coffee stain (that Leonardo notices)
  • cardboard box background
  • a 3D McDonalds scene
  • cut outs of customers and bits of the shop flipping up in McDonalds
  • a video clip in a scrap of paper
  • little boy kicks the football out of the video into the animated sky, watched by the man in the moon
  • “Over / the / Moon” from magazine cuttings
  • the moon is the same shape as the football
  • photos mixed with black and white drawings
  • handwriting
  • sunshine and sky mean happiness
  • happy music then sadder music talking about his Dad…
  • sports shop in the sky
  • pacman eating the screen like a transition (Leonardo’s idea)
  • the concept of retro – meaning something that imitates the style of something from the past

Then we split up – each with an iPad and headphones – to watch, pause and scroll through the rest of the movie to pick up other design techniques for their own ‘making of a memory’.

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Here are other design elements we notice from the film:

And more:

  • panning shot across the railings, photo in background
  • photo of living room on newspaper, live action on TV
  • aerial shot of town
  • black outline of Dad and kid
  • extreme close-up of green tickets
  • rainbow & multiples of jumping kid
  • newspaper headlines
  • whistle blowing
  • crowds cheering
  • panning shot across stalls selling hats
  • bovril cups in newspaper
  • cross dissolves watching game
  • aerial, high angle shot to finish

Clara finishes early and goes to another room to record and then re-record her own story using Garageband. She’s brought a tiger soft toy with her to start collecting things to help tell the story of a trip to Dublin Zoo with her family.

Leonardo has brought a video he made on his phone – of him telling his story – but we have problems getting it off the phone. We’ll try again next week by blue toothing or using a cable.

Wizard 23 has also brought something in to share – his first football shirt. Mr. P is going to keep this safe till next week when we will have time to listen to his story and take photos.

Thanks to Nimbus for helping to set up the iPads with some efficient QR code scanning so that everyone had easy access to the clip … and then putting all the iPads away at the end!

Playing with graphics

We look at turning words into ideas into images/symbols using an app called Adobe Ideas. The idea is to use words taken from the Tagul/Wordle images and then draw on different layers to produce a pattern or graphic that represents The Clip Club. One of the things to understand about being creative is that you’re putting new things together in ways that haven’t been seen before. This activity leads onto more creative play and here is what we came up with:

Using layered moving images (and sound) to illustrate a story is what we then watch in this animation called The Big Match about a young Belfast lad who goes for a memorable day out with his Dad:

We talk about how the film makes us feel. Some say sad, weird. Leonardo says something very insightful – that the film is an inspiration because you realise that it’s possible to illustrate a story with interesting moving images whilst listening to someone telling the story. So you don’t just have to listen, like on the radio, you can listen and watch at the same time. We also talk about what poignant meanssomething about sadness and importance. Cara makes a connection between the layers we saw in the film and the layers we looked at in the Ideas app.

Michelle asks everyone to come next week with a story of their own and perhaps an object, so we can begin to make our own memorable stories on the iPad using some of the techniques in The Big Match.

Great Job!

I think we did an excellent job on our film ‘Run School Run’! The way we crafted the ending scene was inspiring to the whole school. The amount of comments I got from my class alone was brilliant! I think we worked together wonderfully to finish the film, and we all did a good job in making it look good (even us behind the camera)!

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