Films

Introduction

The use of film to enhance learning is an exciting characteristic of the curriculum at St Margaret’s. Children use films and film clips to improve their writing and make learning fun. As well as using a range of films the children at St Margaret’s also get the opportunity to make films themselves!

Our Videos

 

Making Apple Juice

 

The Garden Spider

 

Woodlouse

 

The Diary of Laura Perryman

Here is our video, The Diary of Laura Perryman, which recently won the 2015 LAFTA awards!

 

I am my own problem

This is our film ‘I am my own problem’ which we showcased at the British Film Institute in London on 26th June 2015. It was part of the programme from ‘La Cinematheque Francais’ with schools from across Europe and beyond working to the same remit. We hope you enjoy our film.

 

The Keyhole

 

Growing

 

La Cinémathèque 2013/2014

 

The River

The River is a film made by Class 3 to start their topic work this term. The class will be using the film they made to help write a leaflet on the River Witham and then create a film guide to the area.

 

The Letter

The Letter was created by Year 5/6 children as part of the Cinematheque programme. The film was shown at the British film Institute in London in June 2013. The film was also shown at the NATE conference (National Association for the Teaching of English) in Stratford. The film has won much critical acclaim and the children are now going to visit Paris in June 2014 where their film will be viewed by children from all over Europe.

 

Older Videos

 

Early Life of Lord Tennyson

For our work on biographies we produced a film on the early life of Lincolnshire born poet Lord Alfred Tennyson. We visited the Tennyson collection in Lincoln and the village of Somersby where Tennyson was born. We intend to submit this film for a LAFTA award.

 

Diary of a Pilgrim Father

 

Virtual Tour of East Kirkby Aviation Centre

 

La Cinémathèque 2013/2014

Having watched several films with long takes such as the Lumiere brothers, Goodfellas and a French film called The Portuguese Nun, we studied how the shots were composed. We worked with another group at the school on the initial group exercises and a theme seemed to naturally develop – something hidden.

In our literacy work each week we write a short piece of work, which we then peer assess and blog about. The topic of this work varies from week to week. One week the whole class had to write a story linked to the brief set out in La Cinematheque programme. We used one of these stories – written by Wiliam – as the basis for our film.

William had the set his story in our school grounds and he’d decided that someone should disappear in a game of hide and seek. Our head teacher encouraged us to think about a writing target we had focused on – withholding information – and that we should tell the story visually and not give too much away. We wanted the viewer to have to decide what may have happened.

One member of our group – Larrissa or Elvie as we call her – has not come to Paris. So we decided she had to be the one who disappears…

We thought a lot about the camera angles and the types of shot we used. We wanted the film to be visually pleasing. We struggled at first with the shakiness of the camera – this improved when Mr Davey, who works at another school, ‘invented’ a cheap steadycam, like this one. We re-filmed some scenes but we think you can see the improvement from the opening shot to a later shot which follows the characters from a tree to outside a classroom. We hope the range of locations and camera shots, including static and roving cameras, make the film more interesting.

We started by included a series of long takes. However, by the end of the film we realised that having too many long takes perhaps did not allow enough emotional content – for example by using short close ups. So for the ending – when the film jumps to future events – we did include some shorter sequences to make the final film more balanced. In retrospect we may have done this more throughout the film.

We hope you enjoy our film.