Kate McLaughlin runs a weekly film club at a drop-in centre in Kings Cross for homeless and otherwise vulnerable adults, with the Holy Cross Community Trust. Kate is going to use Cinematheque materials and exercises across the year, with a view to joining formally in 2013/14. She writes:
I just wanted to let you know that we did our first cinematheque exercise on Sunday and it went really well. We watched a couple of the open space clips and discussed the different handling and then we watched two of the closed space (car) clips and discussed those.
Interestingly, with the open space clips the conversation naturally focused on the structure of the shot, the picture, the positioning of the situation in the site. With the car clips, everyone was more interested in the logistics and handling of the camera to secure the shots. I thought that was worth noting, especially as it connects with the filmmakers preoccupations in those different spaces: open space where there is no direct challenge to where you position the camera vs a car, where practicalities are a paramount concern.