Last month, we celebrated all the hard work and creativity from young filmmakers from our after school clubs from the summer term and throughout the year in an extra special red carpet premiere event.
Filmmakers from four different schools across London joined us along with their families at the Curzon cinema in Soho to watch their summer short films up on the big screen, the culmination of a year’s worth of work exploring filmmaking skills, as well as themes of ‘Genres’, ‘International Inspirations’ and ‘Main Features’. As well as presenting the extended projects they had been working on throughout the summer term, we also saw highlights from the Autumn and Spring, with memorable moments from their earlier work.
In addition to the screening, they also took part in an awards ceremony to recognise their work and add to the celebrations, with filmmakers taking home trophies on behalf of their clubs.
We saw a fantastic collection of short films, each produced in less than 10 weeks, which showed great variety and imagination, as well as lots of demonstrable progress in skills from both behind and in front of the camera.
Winner of the award for Best Training Montage was ‘Second Chance’, a film made by crew members at St James Junior School. The film shows a young athlete overcoming injuries to find a second chance at glory. It features an effective montage of training clips that summarise his journey back to success and conveys a great, positive message of ‘never give up’.
We also saw ‘The Case’, a detective thriller made by the club at Finton House School inspired by the work of Alfred Hitchcock (Sheena’s favourite) that won the award for Best Cast of Meddling Kids. An after school club of amateur sleuths track down the culprits of suspicious doings in the playground. It shows off some of the best comedy acting we’ve seen from such young filmmakers, we were all really impressed.
‘The Bus Stop Burglar’ by the filmmakers at St Paul’s Cathedral School gave us a comedy take on a prison break. It was brilliantly and artfully shot, and won an award for its creative use of a box in their cinematography.
Filmmakers at Ibstock Place School celebrated their film ‘The Elimination’, a murder mystery that used compelling shadow scenes to create tension, winning the Best Use of Shadows award. There were also lots of plot twists that kept us guessing right up until the end!
Altogether, it was a really lovely morning spent at the cinema and it was fantastic to see all our after school club filmmakers together for the event. We were so impressed with the quality of their films, which showed off firstly their enormous creative talents, but also how much they had learned throughout the year.
Their shots were varied and ambitious, their storylines well developed and the acting was also very strong. They had included lots of wonderful references from their inspirations, and the films were also edited by the groups as well – no small feat in just a term’s worth of sessions! We’re watching this space to see where they go next term…