And that’s a wrap!
On Saturday we said goodbye to our Saturday Film Shoot members for the Summer holidays. It’s been an incredibly fun term that sums up what has also been a great year at the Saturday Film Shoots; this term the groups have been producing films especially for the big screen, consolidating and extending a range of skills they’ve been busy developing since September.
In the Autumn, we welcomed many familiar faces along with several new crew members to a term themed ‘Shoot Like Speilberg’, where members explored techniques associated with one of the most successful living directors of our time. We saw films produced using circular frames, emotive ‘Spielberg faces’, dramatic tracking and trombone shots, which gave members a great technical basis on which to build.
After Christmas, we started work on ‘Light and Dark’, a term that celebrated imaginative use of shadows, lighting effects, narrative conventions and introduced visual styling. The films were some of the most effective we’ve ever seen, displaying high quality aesthetics and some beautiful, precise photography. As a collection, they are a real demonstration of the progress made throughout the year.
Each of the films made through the Autumn and the Spring terms are available to watch on our YouTube channel, but the privilege of watching the films made this term we reserve especially for members and their families to first enjoy in the cinema screen. In September, we’ll be hosting the Red Carpet Premiere event (yes, there really is a red carpet) at a West End cinema and celebrating with our members as the films are seen for the first time.
This term we’ve been exploring the theme ‘Saturday Night Morning at the Movies’ and members have been developing their responses to three act structures, dramatic stakes and production design. Over the term, the crews have all been working incredibly hard to produce their films in just ten weeks, but we’re so proud to say that they have all lived up to the challenge and shot some really great work. The older crews have produced a teen dystopian drama and a B-Movie spoof; our youngest crews have been hard at work on a fairytale adaptation, and filmmakers aged 9 – 12 have been busy exploring non-linear murder mysteries. It’s fair to say it’s been a busy term, with lots of ideas, creativity, collaboration and of course hard work as the crews have planned, filmed, acted, directed, designed, crewed and edited their way through to the finished films.
Looking over some of the footage and the cuts so far, it’s clear to see the progress that everyone has made, creatively, technically and also in confidence. Each group leader has some glowing feedback – it’s been one of our most enjoyable terms so far.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll now be applying some post-production finishing touches to the films to make sure they are ready for their big screen debut. To say we’re looking forward to it would be somewhat of an understatement. To find out why we love the event so much, take a look at what we have to say about it here in an earlier blog.
Although we’ve only just finished, and will of course enjoy a summer break (we relish the opportunity to enjoy a rare Saturday lie-in), we can’t wait to see members back for the screening in September and help to celebrate their success.
We wish you all an amazing summer! 🙂