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 “July, 2014”

School Screening Q & A – July 2014

Congratulations to all the Clubbers on their successful screening event! We manage to get all 3 films into a tight assembly schedule: we go first instead of second in the line-up and have to squeeze the 3 films and the Q and A into 20 minutes. [Dual2 and Carla aren’t able to make it]. The films are well received with questions about the effects, how much fun it was and the time it took.

Here’s the post with links to the films.

 

 

Run School Run! 1 & 2 + Making of – on Youtube

Just to remind you – here’s the first film: Run School Run!:

Here’s our new sequel Run School Run! 2:

And here’s ‘The making of’ & Bloopers:

Final session and party

It’s the last session…. 😦

Michelle does some of her research stuff: setting up an audio recorder, a few photos on the tables and some post-it notes. She wants to find out what we remember about the process from way back when we first started by writing memories, words, observations on the notes. Michelle points out a photo of Gman’s that is particularly good… this one:

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It’s good because of the use of the ‘rule of thirds’ (imagining the photo split into a grid of 9 squares with balanced content in each one), the interesting natural lighting, the depth of field (seeing right to the bottom of the corridor), the composition (the arrangement of everything in the frame), AND catching Clara at exactly the right moment, in a fantastic pose in the centre of the frame. This is sophisticated photography and Gman should be really proud. Clara should also be proud as it’s not just her face that’s acting, but her whole body too. Well done!

There’s much excitement as people drift in …. we’re without Leonardo, not sure why. Dual2 nearly didn’t make it, so Michelle gives him his present before all the others … turns out he does make it to the session, but he manages to keep the gift a secret.

Some are happy to write on the post-it notes but Dual2 for example prefers to interview his peers with the audio recorder. People are sad to see that it’s all over and more some have wondered if they can come back to help with the next Clip Club – if that were to happen. Michelle says that would be good, but they could also set up their own Club in their new secondary schools, like DJess did.

We move onto the next phase where Michelle has prepared some words/questions/phrases on cards. The group take turns to pick one or two up at a time and talk about what the cards say eg.

I liked it when…

I now know I’m good at…

Things went well when…

Things didn’t go so well when…

I think (X) is good at…

I think the best shot was…

TEAM / FUN / EDITING …

Examples of the things the group says: Nimbus reckons it’s made him feel more creative / Dual2 recognises that film making is a process that takes planning and lots of time / Wizard23 thinks he’s got more social skills / Clara & Cara regret the times when they messed around and could have done more work.

Michelle gives everyone a present – a Celebrations box of sweets (& Mr. P some whiskey!) to thank them for making the past couple of years such a special time. We do a collective hands thing – what’s the name of that? – and go out  to take photos. Mr. P produces some pop and hoola hoops. We watch the film and the ‘Making of’ film again as Wizard23 hadn’t seen them. Much laughter at Dual2 running along the paving stones – again!

Roll on Friday 11 July 2014 – the day we screen to the school. Next post will have links to all films.

Clubbers’ Screening of edited version & ‘Making of’

Earlier in the week I finished the edited version of ‘Run School Run! 2′ and edited a ‘Making of’ film. So this session is all about our first viewing of the film as a group. It comes after a long day of rehearsing for the summer Year 6 production of Bugsy Malone, so people are a bit frazzled. It’s still great to see everyone turn up despite being tired and excited about all the other things that happen at the end of the summer term. Wizard23 has a football engagement so he’ll see the finished version later.

I film the group watching both films. It’s satisfying to see everyone smiling and enjoying the final cut with the soundtrack. At one point people are shouting: ‘My shot!’ as they watch the edited clips roll by. People notice that new unseen clips – like Clara’s close-up – have made it into the film as well as new sound effects like the beating heart.

Gman has a great idea about including the clip of Dual2 running and screaming. This is the clip that has caused the most hilarity. It doesn’t quite make sense to include it in the final film but it’s fine to add to the end of  the ‘Making of’ – after the credits… to put a smile on everyone’s face. Gman, who deserves special credit for this, runs to the computer to add it to the end and then the group decides to split it in 2 and reverse the action, distorting the sound.

This kind of spontaneous group editing seems to show how safe and comfortable everyone feels when it comes to taking creative risk collectively. I was a bit disappointed at having to finish the final edit myself because of timing, but the fun we have at the end of this session more than makes up for it, in fact it may have set it up.

Dual2 asks about the possibility of taking the project home and ‘having it on his phone’. This is a great idea but sadly not practical in terms of shifting all the iMovie source files over to his mobile phone. I told him there’s an iMovie app – paid for – that he could experiment with at home, using new footage.

Looking forward to screening the first film , the sequel and the ‘Making of’ to the school very soon!!

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