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 “February, 2014”

Planning the story sequel


Brainstorming the plot

Last session we started throwing some ideas around for our sequel to Run School Run 1 involving the clone, a dilemma, a virus/disease, a split screen. All of which sounds promising.

This week we get more organised with dates and a rough idea of what we will be doing over the next few weeks. We’d like to try and finish before Easter. We sit round a table in the new Early Years section of the school and go through the sometimes painful process of developing the storyline.

Some good ideas are offered and we manage to remain focussed for most of the time without it becoming a shouting, free-for-all, fidgety mess!


Project planning

There are three key ideas coming out of this session: 1) the opportunities for dramatic irony (the audience knowing more about the situation than the actors on screen) 2) the opportunities for complex shots/editing of clone and real Clara (eg. looking through window in door, thanks to Mr. P and Gman for these ideas) and 3) the idea of Nimbus being some kind of Master Controller of the Clone (like Wizard of Oz idea, thanks to Wizard23 for this).

Cara starts to question the logic behind certain parts of the story, for example, why should Dual2 go back to the classroom? It’s got to make sense and the story has to flow, for the audience to keep with us.


Shot description – not shot design… yet….

We all feel that the Clone has eventually to get back home but decide to leave some aspects of the plot to spontaneous thinking later on, perhaps while filming – as happened in the first film when shooting the ending.

Mr. P mentions that DJess has started ‘a film making club’ in her secondary school and so we might try and contact the school to see if we can visit her group and see how that works. Maybe we can go when this film is finished, show our sequel and then discuss how we made it?

There seems to be a clear commitment to making time count now, not messing around during sessions. Dual2 says he mentioned this already to Mr. P during the week and it seems that there might now be a shift in focus. It’s difficult at this time of year when there are SATS ‘booster’ classes are going on morning, afternoon and late after school… Nimbus has had to give up Clip Club for a while for this reason, but I guess it’s worth it, so he can do even better. We don’t think it’ll be a problem to grab Nimbus for filming the bits we need him for.

Can’t wait for next week to begin designing and filming the shots.


Run School Run 2: starting to plan the story

This session sees the beginnings of a sequel to our first short: Run School Run! Two groups discuss some ideas on how the story is to continue. We have some fairly complicated plot suggestions and some of the basic ideas are worth exploring: mixed up identities / involving the rest of the school – assembly? / a virus … but what really catches on is the idea of a split screen suggested by Dual2. He’d seen some app where it’s possible to duplicate photos side by side… I tell them to research if it’s possible to use this effect with film – in iMovie.

We find a Youtube clip to help us and then have to deal with the different versions of iMovie that we have on our Macbooks. A further problem is not seeing the option that the Youtube clip has told us to press…. more research…. you have to enable Advanced Options…. eventually after a bit of trial and error we get there and with a whoop of joy and satisfaction – solving the problem – we come up with a version of the effect we may be able to use.

It’s nice to see one group teaching the others how to do it… and then Dual2 comes up against the problem of iMovie versions again. We all have to get used to adapting to upgrades of software, new interfaces, new tools … it will always be changing as new ideas are brought in by developers and others taken away. The thing is not to get too comfortable with your interfaces … software is never finished, always evolving … just like the work we produce… maybe it’s always ‘in beta’, always a ‘work in progress’? I’m wondering how much of our plot will be influenced by what the tools say we can achieve?

Here’s part of the session…I forgot to use landscape instead of portrait with my iPhone 😦

I found this youtube clip which tells us exactly how to do a split screen so you don’t actually see the split…maybe we can try this the next time so we can make it look like the clone is interacting with the real person.

iPad film making – still & moving image & sound

These clips were made in iMovie on the iPad in about 25 minutes. We were practicing the weird, scary, thriller genre, focussing on close-ups. There’s a photo effect called the Ken Burns effect in iMovie (this was the guy who first came up with the idea for documentary film making). It moves around the image and you can decide how/where to frame the image at the beginning of the movement and its positioning at the end – it’s useful for guiding people’s attention to certain details:

Here’s Wizard23 & Clara’s:

Here’s Dual2, Gman & Leonardo’s:

Making of ‘He dies at the end’ monster

This clip shows how the film maker made the monster – in his back garden with some bits of stuff!

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