The Clip Club

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

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Xube films: Boxing Clever & Boxed In

Some readers of the blog may remember a visit we had from a local film making company called Xube and a researcher from the London Knowledge Lab – see the post here. The researchers were looking at the advantages and disadvantages of using iPads for film making in schools. Below are links to their final films – they both had the theme of ‘mysterious boxes’:

Year 5 – Boxing Clever –

Year 8 – Boxed In –

Like us, they watched a few short films and clips for inspiration on how to create tension and a mood of mystery. They looked at clips from familiar films like ET and Monsters Inc. and less familiar ones like these – The Red Balloon a French Oscar winner by Albert Lamorisse from 1956 and Room 8 a BAFTA short film winner by James W Griffiths from 2014:





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:

Shall we plan a Year 6 EE demo?

For various reasons there are only 5 of us in the 26 Nov session – instead of the normal 8 or 9, which is sad in some ways but kind of nice in other ways. We watched and listened to some of the stuff we’ve been producing in previous sessions (ipad work here and the short that Michelle made for a conference here) and decided it would be a good idea to take up something that Leonardo suggested at the end of an interview about Clip Club.

He’d really like to share his knowledge and doesn’t think it’s fair that only ‘the clubbers’ get to do this kind of work. So we think of how we might demonstrate how the “Explain Everything” (EE) app works. Gman immediately takes up the reins, followed by Clara and Wizard23. With the iPad linked to the whiteboard, they imagine a handwritten Intro that animates: “Hello Year 6” with a narration (and voice acting) over the top. We carry on like this and create 3 possible slides to show to the rest of the Year. They’re all doing autobiographies at the moment so it might be useful for that project.

I am including two EE examples below that inspired us a few weeks ago to have our first go at drawing, animating and narrating, panning and zooming as we go … it’s not our work but something found on Youtube. We think it’s simple and great!

Here’s another one from Diane Horvath’s channel – it seems she’s doing some great ‘mobile learning’ with young children in Medfield, Massachusetts, USA. Liking the high angle and the cinematic feel to the drawing below:

The work done in this session is very much like story-boarding and shooting a film simultaneously (at the same time), because we end up having to redo a few slides a number times to get it right, like doing re-takes of the same scene… and, it gets better every time because we can fix the mistakes very easily. It’s also very funny as everyone has to keep quiet while recording is going on… and some of us – adults included – find this quite difficult!

November sessions

During November we’ve been getting to grips with the Explain Everything app on the iPads and playing with its many features: animation, camera/movie function, pinching, scrolling, panning, zooming, enlarging, drawing, designing slides, voice recording, exporting to .mov files, importing photos/images, saving to Dropbox and this kind of thing. The idea is to make some digital audiovisually illustrated stories. Here are some examples of the work we’ve been doing so far:









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.


Hi guys, Nimbus here.

Just wanted to say that we are using iPads (they are SO cool)! Michelle is installing IOS 7 and a nifty little bit of software called ‘Explain Everything’. More on that next week.

National Youth Film Festival (NYFF) entry & iPads!


Clip Club gets off to a good start!

The Clip Clubbers are back! What a great turn out to the first session of the year.

Michelle talks about a new national film festival – The National Youth Film Festival, or NYFF for short – to which we can submit our film. At first they said it had to be no more than 3 minutes, so we came to the session ready to edit it down. Michelle then noticed that they’d changed the rules extending it to a maximum of 10 minutes, so we’re now leaving it as it is. There’s also a category for “Best Film Club”, so we’ll enter that too. See below for how this will work… and how you clip clubbers can help.


School’s iPads

As the session plan has changed, Michelle thinks it’s a good idea to get to grips with the school’s new iPads. This is met with uncontainable excitement! After a short demonstration on the whiteboard about how the iPads work, Michelle gives the group a loose brief to interview each other about the making of “Run School Run!”.

We establish that ‘making of’ films include interviews on characters, locations and the different roles people have. The three pairs find a space and start filming and experimenting.

After about 15 minutes, they all come back and we look at the footage. Sadly Michelle’s iPad and the school’s iPads are a bit different so the connector to the whiteboard doesn’t work, so we all crowd round the iPad screens.

It was good fun experimenting with the new devices and we’ll see what can be done with the footage next time. Maybe we can store it in Dropbox folders, so that it doesn’t matter which iPad you work with next time, you’ll always have your clips online to download where ever OR on whatever device you have to hand.

By the way – if anyone wants to fill in this NYFF_Best Film Club_Application Form_2013 about the club so we can discuss it together quickly next time, then great! There are 2 main questions to be thinking about: What makes your club great? (no more than 100 words) & Why should your club win this award? (no more than 100 words).

See you next week!

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