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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W – O – W – !

Great job to everyone in the Clip Club! Having watched our film yesterday, I can reveal that it is AMAZING! We all worked really hard to produce our final film which will be screened on Tuesday for KS2. I also watched the bloopers, which we will show after the film, followed by a Q & A session in the hall.


Final session – July 2013


Film still: Wizard 23 at the end of a take, running upstairs, being filmed by Dual2 and photographed by Gman

It is decided that the final film – and the blooper clips – will be shown at the assembly in the final week of term. So Michelle gets to work polishing the edit with some iMovie sound effects. The group gets to see the final edit and suggests a few amendments which includes some accidental editing at the end of the film that we decide to keep. Wizard23 has been busy with Mr. Peppard deciding on where to put the film posters and organising a screening of the trailer on the outdoor screen as children enter the school.

We also watch Nimbus’s filmed homework: the Mentos and Coke experiment in the park. He had decided to film the experiment with family and friends rather than write about it.

Everyone is quite sad to be finishing the project and wants to carry on next year! We’ll miss DJess because she’s going to secondary school but the others can perhaps carry on and welcome some Year 5s into the group.

What a brilliant time we’ve had! Why not make some comments if you enjoyed this project!

Will post the final film and bloopers after the premiere.

Session 9 – Alma, editing and a little bit of blogging

In session 9 we started off by watching a clip called ‘Alma’:

This clip was an award winning animation by French (actually, Spanish) people and has won 4 competitions and several Oscars. Here is what Leonardo, GMan and DJess posted about it. I think that everyone who signs their name on the wall is the next victim of the evil, self-killing shop. Unluckily, Alma signed her name on the wall and the doll popped up in the window. Clara had an interesting idea on the fact that they monitor you through the window on the wall and pop up an appropriate doll.

After watching and discussing we continued editing our trailers while Michelle took us out, to teach us to post. I taught Leonardo.

A great session and expect to see some posts coming soon!

Film Planning

wizard23Looking forward to the next session. We will be planning our movie that the school will see. Here’s a cool edited still of Wizard23 that we could use at some point in our film/trailer or publicity.

Editing Horror/Thriller trailers

It’s great to see everyone turning up for more Clipclub sessions – we’ll be carrying on into the summer months. This is important because, as we’re discovering, films take lots of time, planning, concentration and effort! Over the past 2 sessions the team has been been working on edits for a potential film trailer.

Before they get on with editing we talk about what makes a good edit:

  • selecting the most interesting bits of the available clips:
    • visually
    • cinematically
    • dramatically
  • being careful about deciding where clips start and where clips finish (the start point and the end point)
  • thinking about clip length – shorter the better for trailers
  • carefully adding digital effects: sound effects, voices, titles, music, fade ins and fade outs
  • carefully editing digital effects: reversing or slowing down sound
  • not SHOWING and EXPLAINING everything… it’s better to make people curious and raise questions in people’s minds so they want to see the film

The below clips were done in a short space of time, with only a quick demonstration on the whiteboard of what’s possible in the software. This one by Nimbus and Leonardo is particularly good and captures all the suspense of a thriller/horror trailer, made from the various bits of footage and sound taken over the past few weeks.:

Here are more practice trailers which aren’t quite finished yet:

How to use the YouTube web editor

Hi everyone,

To begin, you need to go to You should see a screen like this:


then, click the sign in button: yteditorsignin and sign in with your Google Account (this is your account for gmail or google plus.

You should then see a screen like this:


after that, click on Creative Commons (CC): yteditorcreativecommons

You can then mix videos to your pleasure.

To see what all the other buttons do, move your arrow on to the button in question and keep it there. A label should materialise telling you what that button does.

For any more information, refer to this post by Michelle.

Testing the you-tube editor

So, welcome back. Here’s what I’ve been up to:

See ya!

Points of view – Nimbus

Thought you might like to see what Nimbus had to say about The Clip Club:

I just filmed him doing nothing for a minute or so and then asked him a couple of questions and recorded his answers… you know the rest.

Session 5 – Get Filming!

In session 5 we started our storyboard filming (for the storyboard click here) with : Director : Nimbus, Asst. Director: Gman, Camera 1: Dual2 and finally Actors : Carla, Leonardo, Clara and Wizard23. Firstly, we went to the front of the school building and took the establishing shot which was a pan. Secondly we went to class 5U as they have blackout blinds (which, I have to admit didn’t do their job very well) and took all our other shots including : a blackout and a BIG CLOSEUP of Clara – see Session 4 for more info.

All in all, a great session.

Scream! by Nimbus and Leonardo

This is a movie that me (Nimbus) and Leonardo made in the clip club.We used iMovie to create it and added sound effects and music.


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