For Exercise 2 the children split into 2 groups and decided where they wanted to make their film and how to shoot it. One group decided to use Hadia’s important place from exercise 1 and record her entering and exiting the lift to arrive there.
The second group took advantage of the school being so close to a local landmark – the Angel Central shopping centre. Here they filmed two members of the group entering and exiting an escalator.
Once the groups had shot all the footage they needed, they edited it together using iMovie and then shared what they had made with each other.
Vittoria Primary School in North London have been working on Task 1 of the ‘Places and Stories’ theme for this year. Below are the photos and videos made in response to filming / photographing the places they consider to be special.
For Exercise 1 the children used personal devices from home to capture film or images of a place that was important to them (which they brought into school the following week). It was an interesting exercise because it gave all of us an insight into each other’s lives and highlighted that how we use a place can dictate our feelings about it. The children gave many different reasons for why the place they chose was important to them such as:
-it was where he spent a lot of time doing something he loves (Chase and drawing at the table in his photos)
-it was a quiet place they came to feel calm (Hadia and the space outside her flat, Kayley and the green space near her home)
-it was where they spent most of their time as a family and some of her siblings were born there in a birthing pool (Lillie-Rae and her living room)
-it was their room and somewhere they spend most of their time (Fahmida and Akib)
-he loved being able to see the wide expanse of London along the riverside and has been collecting things he has found on the beach there for years (Max and the Millennium Bridge)
We launched this year’s Lincolnshire edition of Cinema cent ans de jeunesse at Fosse Way Academy in Lincoln, on 1st November. Below are the PPT we followed, and the sample SoW for the after-school version of the project.
Here’s the PPT, with some embedded clips, to support Places and Stories:
Here’s a print-only version of the PPT: CPD launch print
The CCAJ Vimeo channel is here: https://vimeo.com/album/4770611 and the password is Places
And here’s a sample Scheme for following the programme over 20 weeks:
Sample SoW for Places and Stories
This year’s theme is ‘Les lieux et les histoires’: Places and Stories.
The Cinematheque team are keen to emphasise that we’re talking about real places, not generic spaces. There are two pieces of (optional) reading: some pages from Michel Foucault’s ‘Heteretopias’, and from Georges Perec’s Species of Spaces.
Foucault’s Heterotopias is the more relevant. Alain Bergala’s typology of Places in film covers:
- Places that are defined by their role in a story
- Forbidden, dangerous, or secret rooms and other places
- Places that exist in memory
- Places that are revisited, that have changed over time
- ‘Alternative spaces’, which ‘alternative communities’ inhabit, which are owned by ‘others’.
- Memorial places: places dedicated to public memory
More concretely, there’s a list of places that can be drawn from Foucault’s Heterotopias:
- boats, trains, (space ships) – vehicles that function as complete worlds
- gardens – bounded places to which the world is brought, in plant form..
- prisons, and other places bounded by rules and norms of behaviour
- fairgrounds, dance floors, games pitches
- ruins, haunted rooms and houses, spooky basements
- Places where ‘time’ is collected: museums, galleries, libraries
- Mirrors – which frame ‘uncanny’ spaces – mirrors reflect real places but as not-real
The Vimeo list of suggested clips is here: https://vimeopro.com/user21775187/des-lieux-et-des-histoires and the password is <Places> When you click on each link, the category of the clip is at the bottom of the video window.
The Rules of the Game Word doc is here: RULES OF GAME Places and Stories EN
We’re listing below a selection of ‘Play’ films made by primary schools – from London and Lincolnshire. There are some common features – children daydreaming their way out of class; magic portals to different realities – while all following the core brief to ‘Make a film where the story is interrupted at a certain moment, and the character finds their freedom through playing, allowing them to escape the confines of their everyday experience’.
And finally, from this year’s secondary screenings, one of the four pieces shot by Strodes College. Actually, the group shot one film, but each of four students edited their own version. This one is by Pete Messum, and creates something really cinematic out of the footage.