April 2017 archive

GCD: Artistic Expression (Films)

Not only have I been part of the YIS magazine where I have been writing creative pieces for almost a year now, but throughout many of my subjects and outside of school, I have been working on little and big film project. The three I will be focussing on, are two small ones I did for Psychology and Geography and one larger one I co-produced outside of school.

For I&S (Psychology and Geography) we were told we can make any way of presenting that we like/prefer. The first was a project on sustainability. Here we had to explain the issue there was with the environment and how we are polluting it. We then had to come up with basic and creative ways to live more sustainably. For this the majority of the class made a video or presentation explaining these three things. However as we were allowed to add a creative element to our presentation and we were studying poetry in English, I decided to write a poem and present the information through this media. Sustainability Poem.

Recently we have done a unit on mental health in I&S. This time we again could present in any way we wanted. As this had to be a short presentation and we only had about a week to complete it, I did not have the time to write a poem, find images, record the audio and edit the entire video together. Because of this I made an informative video. For this I wrote a script, made a visual presentation, recorded the audio and then edited the 7 minute video down to 4. This was an interesting project as I had to be creative and critically thinking to make choices between what I should keep and what I should cut out. OCD Informative video.

Now finally, the biggest project. Over the past 2 or so years the junior Justin Cheetham has been working on writing the script and getting everything together to film a post apocalyptic short film in our school building. For this he needed someone to help keep the crew in check and come to all of the filming sessions to help direct and film the movie (and of course provide the entire team with some snacks). He asked me if I would like to take on this role and I said yes. I love being part of big projects and this seemed like fun as well as a great learning experience. So for a few months almost every weekend we would meet in the school building and film as much as we can. Keeping the crew together and concentrating was not always as easy as you might think but with the help of everyone, we managed. Trailer. Full film.

All together I think making and producing all of these films has been a great experience. I have gained not just skills but interest as well. As I am not confident speaking in front of large groups of people, I think videos and short films an alternative way to bring information or an idea across. For all of these reasons, I believe I will continue making films in the future and enjoy doing so in the process.