P7S completed filming Exercise 2 just before the Christmas holidays. We worked in groups of 4 or 5. Our teacher Miss MacPherson and our filmmaking tutor Sandie helped to organise the groups to ensure we could all work well together.
Exercise 2 involved filming a situation between two characters with a maximum of 4 shots. There was a lot to think about in this exercise. From previous activities and exercises we had learned that situations don’t always have to be dramatic. We needed to think about this when acting because it can be easy to overact in front of the camera. We also wanted to try to include different types of shots to ensure the film was interesting to watch. However, what made the exercise most challenging was that we were not allowed to use dialogue.
Once we had decided on our ‘situation’, each group recorded their film, with Sandie with us to give us advice if needed. Sometimes we had to record a shot more than once as it wasn’t right the first time. Editing our films afterwards helped get rid of stuff that wasn’t right or we didn’t need but rearranging and trimming the shots helped to make the scenes more interesting and sometimes, funnier.
After the holidays we were able to watch and evaluate each groups’ film. It was really fun to see what we had all done and how each of the situations were very different. Here’s what we all thought about Exercise 2:
“I liked seeing that none of us had the same idea and I also I liked acting in it and I felt I was getting along with a lot of people.” (Grace)
“I thought the experience was good because you get to work with different people while filming.” (Kaitlyn)
“I sometimes didn’t like choosing groups because there are only two people in this class I’m friends with that’s all.” (Sophie)
“We learned how easy it is to over- react also how you can tell a story without any dialog. Sandie also taught us how to use cameras and how to make everything run smoothly and it’s not always about fighting or someone getting bullied.
We both enjoyed learning about many angles as well as taking shots to make the movie. We also enjoyed how everyone has a part to play in the movie. It’s not just one person who does it.” (Evie & Cameron S)
“We have learned that not everything is on camera and has to be overacted. There are so many more things you need to think about behind the camera. Also, to make a good scene is not by fighting and big drama but sometimes it’s about the small things that count. It’s hard to say what could be better as it has been so good. Altogether it has been a great and fun experience.” (Amy and Nyah)
“I learnt about different shots and angles of filming. I enjoyed working with other people to make short films. I would like to know more about editing and to make the films more interesting”. (Charley Robertson)
“We learned how to use camera angles. We really liked acting out in the mini movies and didn’t dislike anything.” (Daniel and Jayden)
“Me and Cooper really enjoyed doing this activity. We learned how to act naturally in front of the camera and not to overact. We thought that it was fun.” (Luke and Cooper)
“I think that the angles could have been better because my group only had someone’s point of view and a wide shot.” (Kaitlyn)
“I learned how to use different angles. The acting was good. I think I could have done the emotions of my character better because I was giggling when I was meant to be serious.” (Troy)
“I learned how to use a camera/iPad for recording films. I enjoyed working with the camera and learning from Sandie. I would like to act a bit more in the film but not a main part (like a background actor).” (Liam)
“We liked the acting and filming because it was interesting and it was something new for us to learn. However, we thought we could have not have laughed as much.” (Carlo and Cameron R)
“I think what went really well was with the acting and that it doesn’t need to have talking in it.” (Kym)
“I learned that sometimes things will go wrong and you will have to keep on trying until it’s perfect.” (Kaitlyn)
“We thought that exercise was quite fun. We both liked filming the shots but it did get annoying when they did the scene wrong. We learned not to be SO dramatic and how to edit (such as crop it down or make it slow-motion) our films. Overall we thought it was okay.” (Vince and Lauren)
“I have learned a lot from Sandie and from the iPad. It has been a good experience learning filming and a lot of fun.” (Callan)