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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Shooting The Meet scene, editing, experimenting on the bridge

Two weeks in May:

We watch a 5 minute animation called Animatou by a Swiss animator called Claude Luyet. He was asked to make a film showing many different animation techniques and he chose to do that using the classic ‘cat and mouse’ routine. The reason I choose to show it now is because it could give us inspiration about how to end the film…?

'Animatou' short by Claude Luyet

‘Animatou’ short by Claude Luyet Source:

Cara is editing with me, and Mr. P accompanies the film crew around film locations going through the shot list. This works well – I make a point of not getting involved and they organise themselves with varying levels of co-ordination. I remind Cara about editing techniques in iMovie and we cut a great sequence. Cara is very good at watching clips, choosing appropriate ones and discarding the rest. She puts the clips in the order she wants and then chops them up into another order and shorter lengths to create tension.

Gman takes a rest from taking photos [particularly like the ones from behind the window of Clara fainting, shown below] and joins the editing team the following week, and over 2 sessions we get to the bit where Clara and Wizard23 are running away from the Clone, down the corridor, passing on either side of the camera – at which point the camera man was lying on the floor propping up the iPad – good choice!. The low angle here makes the audience feel the panic in the actors’ feet as well as on their faces.

Nimbus decides that a good place for the split screen Clone/Real Clara shot might be the bridge. We’re not sure yet if we’re going to use this as we would need to get the actors outside somehow, from the inside corridor shot. Wizard23 starts a great drawing of the insides of a computer. This is because the group had seen the short animation described above and might use some of its ideas with a green screen effect. Meanwhile Clara takes advantage of the smaller group today to film some “Making of” shots.

We watch the shots filmed so far and the cut as it stands at the moment.

Shooting ‘the meet’ scene – a good mess?

I know that shooting the scenes can sometimes be messy and not go entirely according to plan… and I think this session is one of these. There’s no Nimbus or Mr. P today so we’re one bigger group doing the shoot together. When I come back from having to move my car, things seem to get more noisy. Tempers are flying … but sometimes, paradoxically and unexpectedly, surprises can happen. Looking at the rushes we get quite a lot of good shots – amid the mayhem – that will be useable. But how many more could we have got if the group had been working together?

The group tends to turn to me to stop the noise, get some order and approve shot ideas, when the group could just organise itself and try things out. Maybe I shouldn’t get involved at all in the shooting, which is quite difficult for me…. that’s my challenge, as a teacher, to let go… what’s yours?

How do people feel when the roles/shots as listed on the ipad aren’t being followed?
Should Michelle not get involved at all in the shooting?
Why do some people lose focus, split from the group, wander off and fiddle with other things?What happens when someone from the group takes charge of the situation?
Why is listening to other people’s ideas or instructions so hard sometimes?
Does everyone need to have something particular to do all the time?
Why come to Clip Club? What do you get out of it?

I’m really curious about all these things and wonder if we need to come up with a different way of doing things.

Great Job!

I think we did an excellent job on our film ‘Run School Run’! The way we crafted the ending scene was inspiring to the whole school. The amount of comments I got from my class alone was brilliant! I think we worked together wonderfully to finish the film, and we all did a good job in making it look good (even us behind the camera)!

Run School Run Bloopers

For those who have not seen:

And the old one (for reference):

For the film link, refer to this post by Michelle.


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.


Shooting final scene & editing

We split into 2 groups – one shooting the final scene and the other starting to edit in a group on the smart board. There are varying degrees of success with this strategy. A way to end the film hasn’t at this point been established but in the short time available, the final scene is created and shot – featuring Dual2 innocently reattaching the cable to the computer; this makes for a cliff-hanger ending.

The clips had already been put in a certain order on the timeline in iMovie and so the other group starts looking at how best to cut these clips to tell the story in as dramatic and engaging a way as possible. The clips are all very long at this point and it means detecting the best bits and really cutting out everything that is not necessary to the story. This is quite difficult but it’s vital to make the story move along and keep the audience with us.

At the end of the session we upload the ‘ending’ and watch the cut so far.

Run School Run! Shoot 2

We try to get more shots outside in the playground but take a long time to get going and it’s all a bit disorganised. We do however manage to get a few mid and close-up shots of Clone Ellen on the climbing frame and running away. Next time there will have to be 2 or 3 groups working to get things moving along:

1) camera crew filming the last shots

2) editing team starting on the footage we’ve got already

3) sound editor(s) collecting sounds around the school on a voice recorder

DJess comes up with a great idea about the Clone losing energy at the same time as the computer’s battery runs out – and cutting to the computer battery in the edit, gradually reducing to 0%.


Run School Run! Shoot 1

photoWe manage to get 4 shots done in this session, which is great. First we discuss the plot to refresh our memories and look at the photo-storyboard on the blog. We run through a few filming techniques eg. the importance of camera position and angle and the various roles of the film crew. Everyone will have a go at each job. Let’s remember the order of events:

The Director thinks about the shots in this scene and where best to position the camera and the actors. (Is the camera fixed? Does the camera move? do the actors move? If so, how?)The Assistant Director (AD) gets everyone into position behind the camera and shouts: “All quiet!”
The Director positions the actors in the scene and where the camera should be placed
The Camera operative says: “Camera rolling!”
The Clapper says: “Scene 1, Take 1”
The Director says: “Action!” and then “Cut!” at the end of the shot

For example the first shot was allocated like this:


Setting: Library
Close up shot of the computer on a table with iMovie opened on it. We see an image of Clara on the screen, the film is in the middle of being edited. Do a couple of shots from different angles. Important not to move the computer between takes.

Director: Leonardo

Assistant Director (AD): Dual2

Camera: Nimbus

Clapper: Cara

The others without a specific role are encouraged to watch, listen and learn so they know what they’re doing the next time.


Setting: Library
Clone of Clara ‘comes out of’ the computer. This will be a series of shots done separately later (like the Alma sequence) but we need Clone Clara just after she has come out and walking towards the door. Take 2 or 3 different shots of the same scene from different angles

Director: Wizard23

AD: Leonardo

Camera: Dual2

Clapper: Gman

Scene 3

Setting: Around the School
Clone Clara wandering round school, looking at things, touching objects and looking scary. Take 3 different shots in different locations and angles.

Director: Nimbus

AD: Cara

Camera: Gman

Clapper: Wizard23

It was an excellent try at a first shoot, and here are a few bloopers – because it’s fun! and also, we can see what we can do a bit better next time.

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