part A: explore the arts as a participant
First off I made a film on my own with my arts award advisor, Keith, and a TA, Kyle. We shot and edited on the iPad using iMovie.
Keith gave me the basic idea of a chase, and then I came up with the idea of a skit of a Terminator film, with Kyle being the Terminator. We were thinking sort of like betrayal. I wanted to survive the film, so I had to kill Keith!
We had to use different points of view so we could get the camera angle right to take the shot. We had to retake it multiple times till we got it the way the we wanted. We shot each shot and we looked at it. We edited in each shot as we did it and then watched it up to that point and then when we was happy with that shot, we moved on to the next one.
At the end we played it a couple of times to make sure it came together. When it did we added titles and music.
Tiberius needed a shot of himself running down the stairs. Kyle shot it and Tiberius explained what he needed.
Tiberius edited the film as he went along. Here he's showing Kyle how the shot they had just done fitted in with the rest.
part D: passing on skills
When I finished making Terminator Learning Assistant, other people joined the group, and I showed them how to use the iMovie program to use it when filming.
part A: explore the arts as a participant (contd.)
After that we all came together. We had loads of sheets of paper and built off each other’s ideas to come up with the storyline for The Book Thieves.
We found some props off of Amazon and then we ordered what we wanted and they came to school and it came out of our budget. I don’t remember how much budget we had.
In the film I was one of the cops. I was “&”. There was three cops: “Ben”, “&”, “Jerry”!
I did a little bit of filming.
I didn’t see a lot of the editing.
We showed the film at Cineworld.
We all met up at the main area and we had free ice cream.
We all went into the cinema and there was two films: my one and the one we made together. At the end once it all finished we had to take a picture for the Swindon Advertiser. And then we got these bags with certificates, free tickets from Cineworld and a DVD with all the films on it.
Develping Participation and Enjoyment
I never made a film before. I got this offer to do a film, and I said, “alright!”. The rest of the first group I was with, they were all messing around and they didn’t want to do it. I went off with Keith and Kyle to make a film. I didn’t want to just waste my time like the others – I really wanted to make a little film.
I improved in different areas. Filming and recording and editing. Up to a certain extent. I’m alright at editing on iMovie on the iPad, but I don’t find any interest in editing on the PC.
It was a bit better when we got the new group, we got more stuff done. We had a bit of fun, but at least we could concentrate and too more and we had better communication.
Learning and Improvement
It was an experience. You either like it or you don’t. I do like it, but sometimes I get bored if I have to do it for a couple of hours. You have to get on with the people that you’re with. Otherwise you’ll have a bit fallout and not even make the film.
part B: explore the arts as an audience member
[Adviser’s Note: On 8 December 2016, students were taken to a screening of Elstree 1976. This is a feature documentary about the original Star Wars film, examining the roles of some of the more prominent extras. This was an event screening, with preshow entertainment featuring a cosplay Stormtrooper, and a Q&A afterwards with the film’s producer, director and sound recordist and three of the actors who were featured in the film.
Tiberius wasn’t sure how he wanted to review the event. He was nervous of talking on camera, but, after talking it over, he decided to give it a go. This was a great achievement for him. I guided him through the topics and I recorded it in small pieces. I edited this film on Tiberius’s behalf, including inserting some photos from the event and finding and inserting some clips from YouTube.]
[Adviser’s Note: The event was featured in the local paper and Tiberius was amongst those to be photographed: . Tiberius is in the back row on the right.
And here are a couple of the press photos from the event:]