Sensory Cinema launch – what I learned

This week we’ve met with both groups of participating teachers and film-makers in this year’s CCAJ programme: 8 teachers from Lincolnshire and Mansfield, and 8 teachers and film-makers from London and Cambridge.  Following the clips and PPT and SoW below, here’s what I learned:

Watching the ASMR video of Kinder eggs, we realised how important the voice is, to sensory cinema.  Get children to try whispering on the voice track of Exercise 2; in fact, get them to try out some whisper-tracks as audio recordings.  What sensations can they produce in a listener?

Several childhood memories latched on to colours as defining the memory: almost as if the sense-memory can be reduced to a colour as single point of reference, or signifier.

The 5 Obstructions
We’re uncertain how to interpret the instruction in Exercise 3 for teachers to establish their own ‘rule of the game’.  Usually our friends in Paris do this for us – and we just follow!  How to use this power?  Hans reminded us of Lars von Trier’s ‘Five Obstructions’, where he gets veteran Danish film artist Jorgen Leth to recreate one of his short films from 1967.  The five obstructions are:

  • remake the film in Cuba;
  • remake the film but no shot longer than 12 frames (half a second);
  • remake the film in the ‘worst place in the world’, but ‘without showing it’ (he makes it in the red light district of Mumbai, but shoots from behind a screen);
  • as a cartoon;
  • with a voice-over scripted by von Trier.

Ok, so we’re not going to transfer these wholesale.. but setting a limit on shot-length, shot-type, or prescribing a space – be imaginative!  call out some ideas in the comments.

Amy recalled a sequence of an Iranian woman cycling, prompted by the scene from Petites Fugues by Yves Yersin;  (  We think it’s from The Day I Became a Woman, which you can rent for £2 on Vimeo:

And then, there are so many other sequences of cyclists experiencing the sensation of freedom..


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