January 19th 2013: I did a presentation on a Masters residential (Creative & Media Education MA at Bournemouth University) which included the Cinémathèque project. I set the students a slight variation on the 4-shot exercise – the awkward situation in a constrained space. They were given about 20 minutes to plan and shoot their scenes. We didn’t have time to view the clips so I subsequently edited them together in iMovie, added some sound and here are the results (hope the editing didn’t alter the vision too much!)
Really nice planning of continuity shots for ‘the girls’. I like the grim tension in the lift, the thought given to the staging of the 3 actors, the changes in framing and camera distances. A fight scene is an interesting choice as it seems we’re often dealing with boys wanting to develop fight scenes.
As for ‘the boys’ – I took the liberty of adding music with a comedy twist, as the situation seemed to evoke slapstick / TV sketch territory. I like the way they really ran with the constrained space idea and it’s refreshing to see a surreal comedy take on the brief. There was a student from Malta who had never seen snow before… and who had probably never stood outside a lift with a pillow stuffed up his jumper either …
It would be really great to get some comments from the film makers themselves on how the practical went for them. I’d like to thank all the students for collaborating on this task. Well done!