At the end of June, the whole class went to Edinburgh to screen our film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. It was great to show our film to other children from other schools and to talk about it. We loved seeing their films too!
Overall, this has been a fantastic experience for us! Thank you to everyone who made it possible for us to take part. We’ll never forget it!
Four of us, Luke, Sophie, Charley R, Charlie B got to go to Paris to show our final film “Sweet Valentine” to young people from all over the world. It was very scary having to stand up in front of everyone and answer questions about the film but it was good too. We were not only representing our school but Scotland as well. We were very proud to do this.
It was great to see the films that the other young people had made. We were amazed at how young some of the young filmmakers were and how good their films were. We really liked ‘Le depart’ by Escola Caritos. It was very atmospheric. ‘Ana’ by the school from Bompas was also one of our favourites.
In the evning everyone got together in the park outside the the Cinematheque to have a picnic to celebrate 25th anniversary of Le Cinéma, cent ans de jeunesse (CCAJ). We had brought sweets and biscuits from Scotland to share with everyone and had great fun handing them out and trying sweets from other countries.
Our high points (apart from screening our film of course) were as follows: Sophie enjoyed seeing other schools movies and hearing the stories and concepts behind them. Charley R enjoyed the picnic with other schools and the food (mainly the Italian pizza). Charlie B enjoyed the boat trip on the Seine. Luke enjoyed the Eiffel tower.
Thank you to everyone for making us feel so welcome and sharing your films and sweets with us! We loved it all!
We are really pleased with the turnout of our final film ‘Sweet Valentine’. We really enjoyed making our film but we found it very stressful to try and stick to the time deadlines. However, seeing all our hard work paying off made us feel very happy.
We were very lucky to have all of the beautiful scenery surrounding us which was easy to access because it was so close to the school and it was a fantastic and peaceful area for shooting our final film.
Our film tutor Sandie was very helpful with everything and she always seemed very calm and chilled out, except when the deadline was so close. We couldn’t have done this amazing project without her.
Even though at some points the class was getting very annoyed because it was stressful, we had our amazing teacher Ms MacPherson who helped organise everything. However, you could still see that it was starting to stress her too.
From taking part in task 3 I have learnt that if you look at the camera it can ruin the whole scene. I have also learnt that you should always make sure that the setting is exactly the same for each scene. Also, I have learnt how to act different emotions. I also more know camera shots and angles and how to edit on iMovie. (Luna)
I have learnt that it is quite difficult to film the same thing in two different locations knowing one of them was handheld and one of them was using the tripod. The bit we found tricky was the emotion part because some people didn’t know how to express their feelings. Editing the film ourselves was challenging and finding good locations where we wouldn’t be disturbed when we were filming. (Rube-Grace & Nyah)
We learnt that you don’t always need to use dialogue. Furthermore, you need to have great angles and not look at the camera (depending on the shot). We have learnt the names of some different shots (worm’s eye view and more). Finally, having the right emotions and how to capture that on camera. (Callan and Jayden)
We have learnt that certain locations work better for different story lines. We have learnt different types of shots (watcher, look over shots, hand-held, tripod etc.). Also, that different locations effect the quality of the sound. We have learnt how to connect two characters with one emotion. Sophie & Kelsey; Charlie & Cooper)
We learnt how to use expression and an emotion that we haven’t felt before in our films and how to film scenes using two different locations (Myles and Daniel)
We have learnt that filming is hard and can be very repetitive. There are lots of angles involved and that filming isn’t just all about acting. The script and the editing are very important. (Cameron R & Carlo)
I have learnt how to act a certain feeling and act it out naturally. However, it is difficult not to laugh. It was easy to work together on this exercise and everyone cooperated really well. I found editing the movie quite simple such as adding effects, sounds or boosting audio. We worked well as a team and could decide on an idea quickly without any moaning or disagreement. It was lots of fun. (Lauren)
Très fiers d’avoir présenté notre film à la cinémathèque.
Enthousiasmés par les films des autres ateliers.
Nous remercions la cinémathèque pour nous avoir permis de vivre cette expérience intense et passionnante.