Thursday, 5 November 2015

Le Cinéma... Part 1

This week, we’re bringing you a special blog post in addition to our Friday bulletin. We're excited to announce that our Year 10 employees have begun to follow the curriculum for this year's cycle of the international film education programme ‘Le Cinéma, cent ans de jeunesse’. 

This project, driven by La Cinémathèque Française in Paris and coordinated in the UK by the British Film Institute, is a great opportunity for our young learners to exercise their creativity while developing new vocational skills and theoretical understanding.

The theme behind this year’s curriculum is ‘climate’, and the first exercise required our employees to capture a minute of footage depicting the weather, similar to the films of the Lumière Brothers (the founding fathers of filmmaking). 

After studying some of the original ‘Lumière Minutes’, our employees headed out to capture some of their own. Take a look at the video below to see their ‘Météo Minutes’. Both of them capture a foggy morning in Camberwell but feature very different structures and incidents.

The second exercise required them to create a montage of shots, giving a sense of a particular weather type. As you can see in the video below, our employees chose to make the most of the foggy Autumnal conditions.



For their extension task, Dylan and Shanay also captured some still images of their local scenery, experimenting with shot types and depth of field.



Next week, we'll hear from the employees themselves as they reflect on the project thus far. We look forward to charting their progress on this prestigious programme.

1 comment:

  1. These are beautiful, and beautifully simple, short pieces of work. What I really like is the way Shanay uses the camera to reach into the fog in her montage - as though the camera itself is searching into the landscape to have clear view of what the fog is hiding. The effect is of trying to reveal what's hidden. And in her Meteo Minute, for long periods you wonder if the shot is a photograph, the image is so still.
    And Dylan finds many very small examples of the weather - like the smoke from the chimney on the rooftop.