Tom Wilkinson from Woodhall Spa writes..
This year’s Cinematheque group (six y5 & y6 pupils) focused on three core parts of this composition: foreground, middle-ground, and background. They particularly liked how the windows framed the action in the second and third Lumiere Minutes. Despite being limited to filming after school and in school, the group found that a story can naturally present itself anywhere without staging anything or setting something up.
In the first clip, the group captured a pupil leaving after his music lesson. With guitar in hand, the student walks “heroically” (the group’s words) into the misty distance. The middle ground and background host all of the action in this shot with the foreground seemingly redundant. The group felt this was interesting because the playground (foreground) is usually a hive of activity in school and the fact it is empty changes the atmosphere of the minute.
In the second clip, the group enjoyed the fact that the majority of the action takes place within the two middle windows. One pupil described it as “a battle for space,” as the two adults share one window space for part of the clip.
In the last clip, the group noted that it contains hardly any movement at all which the children felt engages the viewer. One pupil stated “It makes you feel like something is about to happen, even if it doesn’t!” The group also stated that you must intently watch the clip to notice that it is a piece of film, rather than a still image with a soundscape on top.