The Clip Club

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

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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